I wasn’t planning on writing a full review for any of the books in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series (if I chose to continue reading after the first installment) but I wound up really loving the story so here we are! I have lukewarm feelings at best for The Mortal Instruments, hence my hesitancy toward reading The Infernal Devices. I like it enough that I want to finish The Mortal Instruments but I’ve never been DYING for the next book the way that many other people seem to be. Luckily, I was told by Cassie that in order to read books 5-6 of The Mortal Instruments, I should read The Infernal Devices trilogy first or it would be completely spoiled in the remaining books. I am so thankful that she told me because I honestly loved Clockwork Angel and I want to read that story for myself instead of hearing it through Jace / Clary and gang. IF it had been spoiled, I would’ve never picked this one up.
Clockwork Angel follows protagonist Tessa Gray who discovers she has a strange shape shifting ability after being kidnapped and trained by said kidnappers, the Dark Sisters. The story takes place in 1878 London which is such a magical setting! It gave the story a very steampunk feel (especially when picturing Henry in his laboratory working on different inventions). I took an immediate liking to the new (or rather old) band of Shadowhunters we meet in the London Institute but my favorite is the head, Charlotte. Charlotte is running the school during a time when women are not even considered for such roles. She’s a strong and independent person and she loves her husband despite his absentmindedness. I admire her for putting trust in him when no one else does, even if the results are not always the desired outcomes. I do have to say that I did not love Will Herondale the way everyone else seems to. I’m assuming his character will mature over the next two books because quite frankly, he’s a bit of a jerk. I do however love Jem! He’s so rational and his use of logic in every situation is to be admired. My heart also breaks for him because of his past and I cannot wait for more of him in the next books.
Additionally, I found it really interesting to see more of the Clave and learn more about their inner workings. And it was really exciting to recognize so many members as descendants of current Clave members. And speaking of connections between characters, I squealed when Magnus Bane appeared! He’s my favorite character from The Mortal Instruments and it completely makes sense for the High Warlock of Brooklyn to have been around during the 1800’s but I wasn’t expecting him to appear in London! I also enjoyed seeing Camille and her relationship with the Clave. I’m very curious to learn more about Tessa’s necklace and to see more of the clockwork creatures we meet in book one. Overall, I’m very pleased that I decided not to skip over this prequel. I definitely love it more than The Mortal Instruments and it’s only been one book!
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 Timesbestselling 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… (via Goodreads)