Thursday, October 28, 2010

Clockwork Angel Review


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.

My Review

My Rating: 5/5

Where can I even start? I was worried I wouldn't love this new series as much as I love The Mortal Instruments series, but Clare didn't let me down. This book was full of more fantastic characters! What I love about her writing so much is that all her characters feel so real. They all have deep feelings and back stories, a lot of them are shrouded in mystery.

The main character Tessa is a fairly average looking, shy american girl who has come to England to be with her brother after the death of their aunt. In England she is kidnapped and held hostage; it is there that she is told that she`s a shape changer. But not like other shape changers, she`s different. She has the ability to access the memories and thoughts of the person she changes into, which makes her quite a valuable tool. 

Enter William Herondale. Gorgeous but a bit odd, also a shadowhunter. For those of you who haven`t read her other books: Shadowhunters are half angel and half human. God placed them here to protect mundanes (humans) from demons and downworlders (warlocks, werewolves etc.) they are the basis of all these books. So the Shadowhunters save Tessa and she works with them to find her brother who was also taken as a hostage.

When I first heard about these books they didn`t sound like anything I would read but wow. Just fantastic. They have an amazing storyline and even better writing. This world is so obviously fantasy but Clare makes it a reality. She has made it so that this whole fantasy world exists in our world. The Shadow world, as she calls it, is hidden from mundanes by glamours. Glamours are made by Shadowhunters to hide themselves and buildings etc. from mundane view. Instead of a bar filled with downworlders, mundanes see a bank, or a park. This simple but effective idea of Clare's makes her fantasy world more believable. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It's fantastic.