Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
*squees uncontrollably* I am in love with Cassie Clare’s books. Seriously. In LOVE. I adore The Mortal Instruments Series and am unbelievably happy that she’s writing more books in it. And now? I’m also completely in love with The Infernal Devices. This new series is set in the same Shadowhunter world that The Mortal Instruments is, just quite a bit in the past. And Clockwork Angel, the first book in the series, will NOT disappoint you.
Clockwork Angel follows Tessa, an American girl who has just arrived in London, as she is thrust into a world that she never knew existed. She learns that she herself is part of this world thanks to an amazing ability she has... the ability to transform into another person. Unfortunately, she learns about her ability by being kidnapped and tortured by the Dark Sisters, two very scary and cruel women. Tessa ends up being aided in her escape by the Shadowhunters, gifted human warriors who fight evil.
Tessa stays at the Institute with the Shadowhunters so she can help them figure out what is going on with the clockwork creatures and the mysterious person behind it all, the Magister. In exchange, the Shadowhunters will help Tessa find her brother. Included in this group of Shadowhunters are Will and Jem, two teenage boys that Tessa finds herself drawn to as she delves deeper and deeper into their world.
I really can't say much else of the plot without spoilering and THAT would be a travesty because this book is AMAZING. I was completely engaged in the story and literally had to pry the book from my fingers at times. Cassie Clare has done it again! I don't think I realized how much I had missed this world until reading this book.
Things I can tell you: This book is action-packed! Definitely no yawning while reading this one. And the boys? RAWR. Two delectable choices. Though I am firmly on one side of the fence, I adore the other boy as well and when does that happen? The writing is beautiful and I love the descriptions... I literally felt as if I were there at times. And if you like mystery and intrigue, this one is for you! I have NO idea where the story is headed next and I love that. And Will? Wow. He is so intriguing and interesting, I have GOT to know what has happened in his past. I'm drawn to characters with layers and man, does he have some! All of the characters were great, really. I felt bonded to all of the Shadowhunters we meet. And who doesn't love Magnus? My only complaint is not more of him!
This book is a seriously great read. It will stick with you after you're done. I can't stop thinking about it and feel tortured that it's going to be so long before book two comes out! You MUST add this to your TBR pile if you haven't already. It releases August 31st so what are you waiting for? Pre-order!! You won't regret it! *XOXO*