Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork AngelClockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Steampunk. Until recently, I’d never heard of the genre and to be quite honest, wasn’t sure it would interest me. We all have to broaden our horizons, so I chose Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare to initiate me.

Synopsis taken from Goodreads: 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.

In all honesty, I thought I would have to give up on this one before I finished it. It took me eleven days to read it and eight of those days were spent trying to get through the first third of the book. After that, the pace picked up and I began to enjoy the story.

The world building is very good and allowed me to suspend my disbelief. I enjoyed the characters and thier varying personalities. Yes, I fell a little in love with both Will and Jem.

The plot was interesting and I found myself surprised more than once. The story is what held it back. There seemed to be a lot that could have been trimmed without negative impact.

Will I read more steampunk in the future? You bet! I have to read Clockwork Prince because I’m invested in the characters introduced in Clockwork Angel. From there, who knows.

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  • Jesse V Coffey

    As a matter of fact, I’m reading this one right now, as well. Great review.

    • M. Frye

      Thank you, Jesse. I started to buy Clockwork Prince today but decided to wait for the paperback. If it takes as long to get going as the first one, I don’t want to have a lot invested in it. 🙂