Title: The Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices ~ Book 1)
Author: Cassandra Clare | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website
Publication Date: August 31 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Length: 500 Pages
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Source: Purchased (Kindle Edition)
Cover Love: Absolutely beautiful... Fits perfectly with Clare's other books.
Point of View: 3rd person, following multiple characters
My Rating: 4 Stars
I have never considered myself a patient person. So when I set myself a goal to not start The Infernal Devices series until closer to the release of the final book, The Clockwork Princess, I honestly did not believe that I could really do it. I came so close, so many times to just caving and starting The Clockwork Angel. But somehow I managed to wait... I am so very happy to say that the wait was worth it.
I was so excited to be back in the world that Cassandra Clare has created. I know that Clare has her fans and she also has her haters but I for one love the Shadowhunter world and will continue to read any story that is putting me back there into it.
The books she write are always filled with magic, suspense, wonderful characters and there are always times of great sadness and hilarity.
Of course, as this is a prequel trilogy we have some new characters. Will, Jem and Tessa are the stars of these books. But don’t fret, we still get to see some of the characters we know and love from The Mortal Instrument series. My favorite of course being Magnus Bane. I swear to you I had a complete fangirl moment when he first entered the story. I of course knew he was in this series but it didn’t stop me from acting like a little school girl who was being reunited with one of her favorite crushes. Magnus is and always will be amazing.... love him.
Then of course we have Will and Jem... Jem and Will. If you did not already know The Infernal Devices has what we all dread ... (enter spooky dark music here) ... A horrid love triangle. I have read my fair share of books that are plagued with this condition but I have always had a clear cut favorite. Somebody I was rooting for above all others. In this instance, I am stumped. I have no idea who I love more.
Will is snarky and sassy but deep down inside he is the hopeless romantic. You know he has feelings for Tessa but there is something holding him back. He refuses to open up to her and to show her his true feelings. Will made me laugh on more than one occasion. He is hilarious. The one-liners he comes up with and the snarky retorts to people’s questions will have you laughing out loud in no time.
Then there is Jem. Jem is a sweetheart. Is there an uncaring bone in his body? I think not. He is going through his own ordeal of facing a grave illness. It is obvious he also cares for Tessa but understandably he holds back because of his illness. I get the feeling he does this for two reasons. One is because he doesn’t feel he can be loved because of it and two he doesn’t think it would be fair to put the burden of his life on to somebody else.
Honestly... my heart breaks for both Will and for Jem but for two very different reasons. I have no idea how Tessa is going to decide on who to be with and in the end I know somebody is going to be left broken hearted.
This brings me to Tessa. I really do like her character. She is thrown into the Shadow World and in my opinion handles herself wonderfully. She is brave and strong and makes some really good decisions. It is rare that I read a book where I am not at one stage or another rolling my eyes at some of the decisions the female character is making but I didn’t have that with Tess.
I also very much enjoyed the overall story. I like that it seems we are going to have one ‘Big Bad’ that they are going to have to track down and stop over the three books. I like the idea of this rather than there being three separate stories as the series progresses.
All in all I would strongly suggest this book and series. This request and suggestion is probably in vain because I am quite possibly the only person who took this long to read them in the first place. But if by some chance you have not yet started them and were on the fence then I would say go for it. The world building is as always spectacular from Clare and the characters are quite loveable. Now off to start The Clockwork Prince... maybe by the end of that book I will have a more clear cut idea who I want Tessa with and who I will be cheering for.