Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My new review of a Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is at Smexybooks.com

Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices-Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

Favorite Quote: “It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

When Tessa Grey arrives in London in search of her brother Nate she is greeted by a pair of sisters who claim to have been sent to by her brother as escorts. Tessa soon realizes that she has been kidnapped with no hope of escape. Forced to acknowledge and use magic she did not know she processed,  she is informed she is being trained for marriage to the infamous “Magister.”
She is rescued by two young Shadowhunters, Will and Jem, and soon forcefully introduced to a world that she never knew existed. Magic and supernatural creatures all co-exist together in this shadowy  “downworld” of London, England-policed by the Shadowhunters. Invited to stay with them at their home, the Institute, while trying to locate her brother, she learns more about her particular brand of magic and why she is so valuable to this world.

Clockwork Angel is a prequel to Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. Set in a different era, we are given the chance to see how the world we loved in Mortal Instruments came to be. There is not a lot of differences between the two series but enough minute deviations to render Clockwork Angel interesting enough to stand on it’s own. What really stood out for me was how much more “modern” and mature these characters are in relation to her MI series. Set in a dark and transverse Victorian era we don’t see the stereotypical gender attitudes and prejudices of this time. Tessa is refreshingly astute in her thoughts and while she does display some pre conceived notions of how men & women should act, she accepts & adapts brilliantly to the nature of the Shadowhunters and their personalities.


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