Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

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: James, 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.


[London, April 1878 – The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts]


(Walker Books, 10 September 2010, borrowed from my library)



I’m a huge fan of the Mortal Instruments series by this author and have been meaning to check out The Infernal Devices series for a while.

I thought Clockwork Angel was a great read.

I enjoyed the fact this series is completely separate to The Mortal Instruments. They are set in the same world and feature ancestors to characters in The Mortal Instruments but can be read separately. You can enjoy this book without ever having heard of the other series. However, I liked all the little references to the other books that would go right over your head if you hadn’t read them.

I loved the premise of Clockwork Angel. I found this book quite dark and sinister at times, full of disturbing twists and turns and questions that aren’t answered. I look forward to reading the other two books in the series.

Tessa is a great character. She really develops across the course of the book and I can’t wait to find out what happens next..



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