In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Today I am reviewing the first book in the trilogy, Clockwork Angel:
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
This review will be entirely spoiler free and follows on from my previous review of City of Glass. The third book in The Mortal Instruments series.
The Characters and World Building
The first three quarters of this book were very slow. I understand why though, This trilogy serves as an entry point into the Shadow Hunters world. As I came from The Mortal Instruments, a lot of the initial build up was wasted on me. I didn’t need to learn about the Shadow Hunters Codex and about runes etc, all over again. But as the main character Tessa, is new. She, like Clary in City of Bones, is new to it all and so it gives a similar experience, breaking the reader into the world.
I did enjoy getting to know the new characters though. I absolutely adored Jem and Will. They are so witty and fun to read I felt like I saw a lot of myself in Will especially.
I loved that it was set in London too. I felt a stronger connection because that is where I’m from, I live very close to London and I’ve spent a lot of time there. So it was so cool to imagine all the events from the book happening in places I am familiar with.
The Story Progression and Plot
I liked that this trilogy introduces a new threat, the clockwork monsters. It was so enthralling to imagine these giant figures made up of gears and cogs towering over the institute. Tessa also carries with her a clockwork angel necklace that she refers to multiple times in the book which I liked, it gave the title of the book meaning.
As I mentioned before, the story progression was slow but because of that it made the plot twists later on all the more shocking. You spend so much time routing for someone and then within seconds Cassie just turns everything you once knew on its head and its incredible how she does it. It gets me every single time and I love it. The story was so creative and unique, I really enjoyed the last few chapters the most. That is when all the action took place and it tore my heart out! However, because I struggled with the slow start I had to rate Clockwork Angel four stars out of five.
Thank you so much for reading! Have you read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare? Who is your favourite character from The Infernal Devices?