Jennifer’s Book Segment: Clockwork Angel (Review)

In this episode of Jennifer’s Book Segment, originally aired on Local FM on February 28th of 2018, Jennifer talks with co-creator of The Lorenzo Review, Andrea Kikuchi, about Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices series. Check back next Tuesday for her review of its sequel, Clockwork Prince!


(Cover courtesy of Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry)

About the Book: 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.

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…

Jennifer’s Review:

Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series and the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. While I have not yet read The Mortal Instruments, the series has eagerly been added to my “To Read” pile following how much I loved Clockwork Angel.

The novel starts when Tessa Gray receives a letter from her brother, Nate, asking her to come to see him in London. Tessa then sets sail across the ocean from New York in search of her brother but, when she arrives, something goes terribly wrong: she is kidnapped by the Dark Sisters and Nate is nowhere to be found.

Tessa is then rescued by a gentleman named Will (who she does not know) and she wakes up in the London Institute in the midst of the Shadowhunters. Subsequently, she quickly becomes entangled in a world of magic, vampires, witches, and secrets and discovers that she, herself, is not so ordinary – but if you want to find out why, you’ll have to read Clockwork Angel for yourself! This review is a spoiler free zone.

As I read Clockwork Angel, I could easily envision Tessa and her companions as they came together to defend their personal territory and family bonds from the dangers found within their magical world, all while trying to figure out what happened to Nate. I couldn’t help but become enthralled with the story as Clare leads readers on a wild ride to discover Tessa’s family secrets and other unexpected surprises.

Clockwork Angel offers humour, romance, and excitement, all with a surprising twist. I can’t wait to see what happens next in Tessa and the Shadowhunters’ adventures in the next book in the series, Clockwork Prince.


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