I only just now got to read Clockwork Angel and whoa.... this is what happened. I was about halfway through the book last night and I set the book down only to request the next book in this series from my library's website. I finished the book this morning, checked my email and Clockwork Prince is already waiting for me to pick it up! I am only sitting here writing this right now because I have to wait until my husband gets home before I can leave and pick up the book at the library. Yes. I am completely 100% serious. I liked it that much.
So what is it about? I had absolutely no idea when I bought them, that is how much I trust my friend. Even at the signing, Clare read a passage from the upcoming Clockwork Princess but I still didn't have a good grasp of what was going on. So here's a quick summary: It is 1878 London, and Tessa Gray has just arrived from New York. She is trying to meet up with her brother, the only family she has left in the world, but instead falls into the world of the Downworlders and Shadowhunters. She is captured, tortured, made to do unworldly things - she complies only with the hope that she can save her brother Nate from the trouble he is in. She discovers things about herself and the world she thought she knew... and tries to reconcile these ideas within herself. She finds help, knowledge, support and maybe even love from the Shadowhunters... but is it too late to stop the evil plans already set in motion? Are they doomed?
There is so much to like about this book - this world that Clare has created. I love the Victorian London descriptions, the use of literary quotes and the costuming of the time. I love the struggle Tessa feels with her traditional ideas of what is proper versus what is real and necessary. I love the balance of Will and Jem, two of the Shadowhunters, and how they are so different yet completely and utterly loyal to each other. The rest of the Shadowhunters and those that live with them in the Institute. The mystery, the fighting, all of it.... really makes for a fun and absorbing read. Like I said, I am running out to start the next book in this series... and then I'll likely be very impatient for the third book due in March. BUT, I have the whole Mortal Instruments series to catch up on in the meantime... especially as the City of Bones movie is already in production. Guess how I'll be spending my winter break?
Quick question for those of you who have read this already: Is this considered 'steam punk'?
by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010
Series: The Infernal Devices Book #1
Source: Purchased New
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