“Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare was a really entertaining book. I almost don’t want to tell you what it is about just because it is so absurd that it might turn some people off from reading it. Had I read the synopsis, I may not have picked up the book – that’s how crazy it is. But it was really good. It is the first book in “The Infernal Devices” series, which is set in the same universe as “The Mortal Instruments” series was set in, and this is a prequel to “The Mortal Instruments” series. “Clockwork Angel” starts off in 1878 where we meet Tessa Gray.
Tessa we learn has just lost the aunt who raised her and her brother Nate after their parents died, and she has traveled across the sea to be with Nate in England. “Without him, she was completely alone in the world. There was no one at all for her. No one in the world who cared whether she lived or died. Sometimes the horror of that thought threatened to overwhelm her and plunge her down into a bottomless darkness from which there would be no return. If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?” (Clockwork Angel, pg 17). I really liked Tessa as a character. Despite the lack of self-esteem and self-worth that she feels, Tessa finds a great deal of strength from inside. She is suddenly confronted with a world where demons and vampires are not fantasies in a book, but part of reality and she pulls from her inner strength to cope. She learns things about herself that she never knew were possible. I also really liked that she is kind of a book nerd. ““But the books are all behind bars.” She said. “Like a literary sort of prison!” / Will grinned. “Some of these books are dangerous,” he said. “It’s wise to be careful.” / “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”” (Clockwork Angel, pg 87). I couldn’t agree more with this quote – or relate to it any stronger.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! It is so well written, Cassandra Clare has real talent. Her books would be considered young adult, but I think that they would appeal to a much wider audience. If you’re willing, Cassandra Clare’s novels will take you on an adventure unlike any other. I never thought that I was all that interested in fantasy novels, but Cassandra Clare has opened me up to whole new worlds – literally – in her fantasy novels. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.