“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us." -Cassandra Clare
“A fantastical world of werewolves, shape-changers and vampires.” -Indie Booksellers
“Clockwork Angel is fun, but more importantly: it’s well-written fun.” -Indigo Books
“Fans of Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will enjoy this one in which Tessa Gray is kidnapped, learns she can transform into other people and is rescued by demon-slaying Shadowhunters as she learns more about the world she comes from and how to survive.” -Kansas City Star
“Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound.” -Publishers Weekly
“Cassandra Clare, beloved author of the Mortal Instruments series, has scored another hit with this much-anticipated prequel set in a…steampunk Victorian England…be forewarned: Once readers dive into this first book in the Infernal Devices series, they won’t be able to wait for the sequel.” -Entertainment Weekly
“This crowdpleaser’s tension-filled conclusion ratchets towards a new set of mysteries.” -Kirkus Reviews
“[C]ompulsively readable…you can bet your sword newcomers to the world will be rushing to read what they’ve missed.” -Booklist
“The action-heavy plot takes off from the first page, propelling readers toward a dramatic conclusion…” -SLJ
Meanwhile, in New York, Theresa "Tessa" Gray is heading to London to join her brother Nathaniel. Once she reaches there, she is kidnapped by The Dark Sisters, members of The Pandemonium Club. The Dark Sisters force Tessa to use a power she never knew she had-- the power to Change. If Tessa is making contact with an object that belongs to a certain person, she can morph into their body and hear snippets from their thoughts. The Dark Sisters make her morph often into people of importance to The Pandemonium Club (including some victims) and compel her to tell them what she heard from their thoughts. Tessa thought it couldn't get any worse, but then she hears that the Magister of the Club claims he will draw no boundaries as he tries to take Tessa's power for himself.
Tessa is rescued from this fate by a group called the Shadowhunters, an organization dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Tessa is further drawn into London's Underworld, full of vampires, warlocks, supernatural creatures and such things. She meets the sensible, kind Jem Carstairs and the mysterious, "terribly handsome" Will Herondale. They will help her find her brother if she uses her power to help them. Tessa must make extremely difficult choices between family and friends, love and hatred, power and trust, and realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all…
“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”
Wise words, Will. Wise words.
This book is full of suspense. It's at the beginning, middle, and end. You know how sometimes you read a book where the beginning is pages and pages and pages of just describing the main characters and the situation they're in? And another few dozen pages in the middle just explaining the conflict? And finally, after the vaguely interesting climax, the last few chapters just sort of go downhill, like eeeuuurrrgh. That would never happen with Clockwork Angel. The action-packed book kept me reading 'till the end, and wanting more.
Age Range: 12+ (There is quite a lot of violence, and romance is a small subplot of the book as well.)