By Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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.
As some of us may know of Cassandra Clare's other works ( TMI!!!!!!) and that they are brilliant. So is Clockwork Angel. But.... I agree with the people that state it's more a repetition of the story line from TMI only with different, names, faces, and powers and also CA is 200 years earlier. Some of the characters were also duplicates of each other. Especially with Will and Jace. However, Tessa had more spunk in her than Clary and Jem certainly isn't another Simon ( not that I don't love Simon).
With that all said, Clockwork Angel was a delightful read and I will be looking forward to Clockwork Prince next fall and hopefully will learn more about Will and his mysterious past.... and maybe Jem's. People who have not read TMI could read Clockwork Angel and not spoil the other series. I recommend that you start with TMI first so that you're used to the world of the Shadow Hunters. But it's your choice. Besides, you might like getting lost in the billowing skirts and the fancy top hats of the 1800's.
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