Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. 
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. 
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length … everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world… . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

After reading Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments , I was more than desperate to read The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel.

From the moment I turned the page to chapter one, I was hooked back into the shadowhunter world.

Cassandra Clare’s description of Victorian England are so vivid that I could imagine myself walking through the very same streets with Will and Jem.
Clare is a mastermind on how she used a fantastic mix of characters and how each personality came to their own.

I am firmly one sided when there is a love triangle in a book. I was extremely torn between Will & Jem and will not be choosing a side at the moment. As far as I know, both Will and Jem genuinely adores Tessa.

Furthermore, I was overjoyed to see Magnus Bane making a couple of appearances. After the cliffhanger Clare left us with, he is definitely going to play bigger parts in the books to follow.

Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite authors and glad to say, she did not disappoint me in any way. Her style of storytelling is one that sucks you into her world of imagination.


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