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The Clockwork Angel Review

The Clockwork Angel is the beginning of Cassandra Clare’s new prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  If you have read the Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass), then you would definitely enjoy this book.  It takes place in London in the Victorian era, but some of the names, places, and characters are recognizable from the Mortal Instruments series.    The review for the Mortal Instruments trilogy can be found here.

Clockwork Angel is narrated by Tessa, a teenage girl who moves to London to live with her older brother after the death of their aunt.  She’s picked up by the mysterious dark sisters, who claim to have come to bring her to her brother.  She learns that’s not the case when she is kidnapped and forced to learn to use her supernatural shapeshifting ability.

After being rescued by the demon hunting best friends Will and Jem, she tries to solve all the mysteries and learn about the new world: where her brother is, what her mysterious angel necklace means, and the world of the Shadowhunters she now lives with.

I couldn’t put this book down while I was reading it.  Just like the Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare has lots of unexpected twists.  I would recommend reading this after reading the Mortal Instruments series.  It was especially exciting to read it when you recognized many of the last names of the characters and saw places and objects that existed in the original series.   If you want lots of new fantasy books to read, you should definitely pick up the Clockwork Angel or the Mortal Instruments.

Caitlin Garrabrant ‘14



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