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Flashback Friday is a feature I started here on The Whimsical Mama featuring books I read before I started blogging. Most reviews will come after rereading the book again. This is a biweekly feature. This week’s selection is:
***As always mild spoilers may follow***
Rating: 5 stars
Pub date: 31 August 2010
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: paperback, personal copy ,audiobook, via library
Status: Book one of The Infernal Devices Series
Magic is dangerous; but love is more dangerous still.
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….
I think I enjoyed Clockwork Angel more the second reading than the first. I must also confess that I enjoy The Infernal Devices more than The Mortal Instruments. I think the characters are stronger and the world is better put together.
There is a strong formulaic feel, but I ignored it the second time around. Much like Clary, Tessa had no clue about the Shadow World or her abilities. The situation works well for both series in its own way.
Tessa learns she is a shape shifter She quickly blossoms from timid girl to a fierce young woman. As an anomaly in Downworld, it was interesting to see Tessa navigate the precarious world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. The looming threat of the Magister didn’t help matters any.
From the get go, I loved Jem the most of the two boys. My love only increased during the second reading. Jem is kind, quiet, and determined. Not to mention a musician. *swoon* He could come off as a tragic figure with his condition, but he is still a strong and talented Shadowhunter.
Will is well, Will. Very much like Jace, he has a devil may care attitude. I don’t blame him for the way he is, but it does get a bit grating at times. A bit like Jace! Haha.
The secondary case of characters are just as strong and well developed as the main characters. My favourite is Sophie.
While chock full of action, there is less action than The Mortal Instruments. I am perfectly okay with that because there is more focus on character development.
I love that Magnus is back and just as fantastic. I love Magnus! I believe is a stronger presence/character in The Infernal Devices though.
On the second reading, plus having finished the trilogy, things make more sense and fit together perfectly. Love or hate her, Cassie Clare can weave an incredible story!
About the author:
“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”
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