Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices (TID) series, written by Cassandra Clare (a.k.a. Cassie Clare), was outstanding!
Synopsis: Tessa Gray plans to travel from America to meet her brother in London. What she doesn’t plan on is being kidnapped by a couple of cruel fantastical beings, Downworlder warlocks, who claim to work for the Magister. They reveal to her that she, too, has Downworlder blood. Luckily, she is saved by Shadowhunters (protectors against demons and evil Downworlders) and becomes immersed in the world of Shadowhunters.
The Mortal Instruments (TMI) series gets all the attention, what with the movie and the new TV show currently being filmed, but TID is seriously underrated. I liked this shorter prequel series much more than TMI.
Aside from the whole Shadowhunter realm with the glowing weapons and Downworlders, this book stands out to me because it’s in London in the 1800s. It’s different. The way they talk and dress, as characteristic of the time period, is written so perfectly. It’s charming and funny and genius.
And the characters are perfection. Tessa, the main character, is the definition of women empowerment. She grows so much as a character throughout the series. All the women in the series do. Jem and Will–proponents of a beautiful, tragic love triangle–are both in their own ways endearing. *sigh* Every word that comes out of their mouth is like a brushstroke on a painting, their sentences wonderful pieces of art.
But a story isn’t worth reading without a fantastic plot. Of course, Cassie gives readers an alluring tale complete with action, love, and twists and turns.
You don’t even have to read the TMI series first. I read TID before I met Clary and Jace and I wasn’t the least bit confused.
Check out the photos I took of “Clockwork Angel” on the Beautiful Books page.