Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
(The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

78%

25 Critic Reviews

The events often read as bleakly as the Victorian London weather, punctuated by Clare's trademark humor, empathy, and authentic characters...Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound, and while there are some gruesome moments, they never feel gratuitous. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
 

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Cassandra Clare is the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices trilogies of young adult fantasy novels. Her first book, City of Bones, was a 2007 Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel. Her books have been translated into 32 languages. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.
 
Published August 31, 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 513 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, History, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Romance. Fiction
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All: 25 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Jul 01 2010

The lush, melodramatic urban fantasy setting of the Shadowhunter world morphs seamlessly into a steampunk Victorian past, and this new series provides the setup for what will surely be a climactic battle...The tale drags in places, but this crowdpleaser’s tension-filled conclusion ratchets toward a new set of mysteries.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 16 2015

The events often read as bleakly as the Victorian London weather, punctuated by Clare's trademark humor, empathy, and authentic characters...Mysteries, misdirection, and riddles abound, and while there are some gruesome moments, they never feel gratuitous. Fans of the Mortal Instruments series and newcomers alike won't be disappointed.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by smileyblondeee on Sep 06 2015

As for the rest of the characters, Jem is just as sweet as pie. Gentle, tender yet so strong and wise - definitely beyond his years. The Lightwoods when we did get to hear from them really annoyed me, rising to the top and seeing themselves as above everyone else or at least more important.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by laurenlillie on Sep 19 2014

I love everything to do with supernatural beings, and if you do too this would be a great book for you! It has everything from mere humans to vampires, werewolves, warlocks and shadowhunters...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Bekkareads on Aug 19 2014

I love this story so much and every time I read it I fall more and more in love with the characters...

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Dana on Nov 12 2011

Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare and the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy, is an intriguing story packed with suspense and romance...I think that Cassandra Clare is able to keep me intrigued...I would recommend this book to any Mortal Instruments fans as well as any teenagers hungry for a good read.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Jesi Lea Ryan on Sep 05 2011

Speaking of steampunk…I worried that this book would feel too different from the Mortal Instruments world that I’m used to. Clare could have easily taken it too far. But I have to say, I was impressed by how well she incorporated the clockwork technology into the world of the London Institute...All in all, I loved this book...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie Ragonese on Jun 30 2011

There are so many wonderful things about this book that it’s hard to know where to start. The dialog is amazing and witty...The setting and atmosphere are done beautifully as well. Anyone who enjoys period novels or Steampunk will probably love the world Ms. Clare created.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Renee Miller on Apr 18 2011

Cassandra Clare has once again given her fans an engaging book with wonderful twists. The characters of the Infernal Devices series are just as authentic as those of the Mortal Instruments series and are often having to fight their own flaws and tragic pasts as there are they villains that surround them. I didn’t want this book to end...

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Gail Yates on Jan 29 2011

The whole story is just so rich and vivid. The characters all highly developed and so very flawed. Everyone is trying to overcome something...Clockwork Angel is a book that you can re-read several times and always catching something new. Its a great start to a new series and aspect of the Shadowhunter world.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by Thea James on Sep 09 2010

Clockwork Angel, published by Margaret K. McElderry Books...is the first book I have read from Cassandra Clare...and as an introduction, I must say that I am somewhat… underwhelmed. Ms. Clare’s writing is certainly readable and entertaining, but in the way of bad reality television or MTV shows.

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SF Site

Good
Reviewed by Dan Shade on Jan 30 2010

One last item: there are amazing things that happen in this book...The Shadowhunters are probably the last of the truly chivalrous combatants left in the world...Their level of dedication to fighting evil is truly inspirational. I hope you will read Clockwork Angel. I promise it's a good ride.

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Love Vampires

Good
on Aug 09 2013

Clockwork Angel gets this new series off to a good start, introducing a whole new world populated with all new characters...It’s certainly chilling and fantastic enough to satisfy any urban fantasy fan – although any self-respecting mystery fan is probably going to see the plot-twists coming a mile off.

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SF Crow's Nest

Above average
Reviewed by Sarah Bruch on Sep 27 2012

Clare seems to have created quite a large amount of new terms for the reader to learn during this book eg downworlders...It would be useful to have some kind of list of these in the back or front of the book...there’s a cliff-hanger ending, not my favourite way to end a book but definitely something that makes you want to dive into the next book...

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A Book and a Hug

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Thompson on May 22 2015

Set in Victorian England and beautifully imagined, Clockwork Angel is a richly constructed fantasy novel that stands among the best fantasy of our time. Clare is on par with writers like J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien...Highly, highly recommended. Grades 8-up. Some violence (it is vampires, after all).

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The Yalsa Hub

Good
Reviewed by Nicole Dolat on May 30 2011

The story overall is steeped in mysteries to be solved, and Cassandra Clare does an excellent job of revealing just enough to keep the mysteries interesting but not so much that everything unravels before its time...Clockwork Angel had the perfect mix of character/story development...

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Lytherus

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Zurchin on Mar 09 2011

If anything, I liked this book better than the first series...From the beginning of the book to its very last pages Clare weaves clockwork device...And though the book is enough of a stand-alone adventure to let the reader feel satisfied at the end, there are enough clues well-planted that I cannot wait for the next book in this series.

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Book Divas

Excellent
Reviewed by Melyssa K on Apr 30 2011

Clare weaves an engaging story, set in a very well contrived world that seamlessly overlaps that of Victorian England. The customs and cultures are period authentic. You can feel Tessa’s thrill at calling a boy by his 'Christian' name. It’s an excellent immersion into that time period. The steampunk aspect is also fabulous.

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Fantasy Book Review

Above average
Reviewed by Charlie White and Dash Cooray on Mar 01 2012

So the doubter has been converted. As far as I’m concerned, The Clockwork Angel is a great book and a good start to another series that will hopefully end in three...So the doubter has been converted. As far as I’m concerned, The Clockwork Angel is a great book and a good start to another series that will hopefully end in three...

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Story Snoops

Above average
Reviewed by Jen on May 17 2015

This is the first installment in a new series prequel to the popular Mortal Instruments trilogy. Like it's predecessors, this supernatural fantasy is filled with action, suspense, and a few surprising twists...The story ends with many questions unanswered, leaving fans eager for the next installment in the series, Clockwork Prince.

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Reading Lark

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrea on Apr 22 2012

I was able to predict some of the revelations revealed at the end but still blown away by other events as well. While I loved this story just a tad less than The Mortal Instruments, I still got completely wrapped up in this book and these characters and enjoyed getting to know the history of the shadowhunters.

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It's All About Books

Above average
Reviewed by Suey on Jul 27 2015

I felt the same way about this book as I have with the other series (of which I've only read two) and that is.. . it alternates between being a bit on the boring side to a crazy intense... Interesting stuff, but sometimes it gets bogged down with all the world building and explanations.

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Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Jul 15 2015

The reason for my less-than-perfect rating is just the fact that this is the first book in a series and there was major information overload at times. Even though I had read City of Bones and was familiar with the idea of Shadowhunters, the historical aspect complicated things...But, I see definite potential in this storyline

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The Book Barbies

Excellent
Reviewed by Racquel on Apr 04 2013

The Shadowhunter world is just so fleshed out so revisiting it again is just such a pleasure. Plus plain and simple, this book is extremely well-written and reading it was a real treat. If you haven't read this series, DO IT!

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The Sparkle Project

Below average
Reviewed by Ceilidh on Oct 10 2010

Essentially, Clare has written a fanfiction of a fanfiction of a fanfiction. And that’s why I cannot give this book anything higher than 1 star...But for me this book was a complete waste of time.

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