Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Review

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Title: Clockwork Angel

Series: The Infernal Devices #1

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


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. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Clockwork Angel The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare Elaine Howlin Book Blog

Format: Paperback

Pages/Hours: 482 pages

Ownership: Own

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Tags: Historical, Steampunk

Themes: Love Triangle

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

Review: I enjoyed this way more than I expected to! Will did remind me of Jace from The Mortal Instruments a bit though. I think it was the sassy attitude they seem to share.

Bringing the paranormal elements of the Shadowhunter world to the Victorian era was a very interesting idea. However, the language of the characters didn’t quite match up on occasion leading me to forget the era and the role of women is a bit different too. I understand the reasoning behind it and it is refreshing to read something with a Victorian flare and a contemporary mindset but it pushes the series more into the steampunk genre than historical.

If you’re a fan of The Mortal Instruments then you’ll be familiar with how the Shadowhunters world works but I think The Infernal Devices brings many new elements to it. It gives a much better understanding of how the status quo works and how it influences it’s members.

Tessa is one of the best characters to be introduced into the world with a heartache to rival Clary’s and the friendship between Will and Jem is unlike any I’ve read before.

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

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Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

6 thoughts on “Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Review

  1. If you are interested in science-fiction/fantasy, I am starting to post chapters of a story I have written. It is about discovering life on a mysterious planet called Arcanum. How do people on earth respond? I have been very interested in what could potentially be out in space. Many talk about aliens and give what they think. Mine aren’t aliens. Mine are known as Diatons. Check it out: I have posted the first chapter. I will be posting every Friday and new chapter.


  2. 😦 I want the movies to come out so I can see them! This series is so good. The chemistry between the chapters is gripping. I also like Jessamine. And ugh the family drama in book 2 ugh! I am a huge sucker for family one. Good one bad situations 😱

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