Steampunk Book Review: Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

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When I decided to start blogging about Steampunk, one of the first things I did was head to my local library. The more I learned about Steampunk, the more I realized I had a lot of reading to do! I picked up a mix of classic sci-fi like H. G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, but I had also heard good things about Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy so in I decided to read a mix of the old and the new at the same time. My reviews of classic books don’t fit as well here at Steampunk Journal as they did on my old blog, so my classic book reviews will be coming soon to

What I Thought of Clockwork Angel

I knew as soon as I started this book that I’d definitely be reading the trilogy to the end. The Infernal Devices series takes place before Clare’s earlier trilogy (Mortal Instruments) about an angelically infused group of warriors fighting the forces of darkness to keep us “mundanes” out of the crossfire, but it is not meant as a prequel. (Clare stresses on her website that the books can be read in any order.) The story takes place in dreary streets of Victorian London and follows the misadventure of sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray.

The story starts with her imprisonment in the hands of the strange Dark Sisters, who help her unlock her previously unknown supernatural talent. With the help of a deliciously malicious (not to mention handsome) rising Shadowhunter named Will, Tessa escapes and finds herself sucked into a race against time. She and the Shadowhunters must stop a clockwork army in the hands of the mysterious Magister. For some reason, this powerful man is fixated on Tessa, and will stop at nothing to use her to bring his nefarious plot (not to mention, his army) to life.

Even though I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fan of romance, I can appreciate a good love triangle when I read one. Tessa finds herself pulled between Will’s dry wit and secret pain, and Jem, another hunter whose kind heart and gentle spirit couldn’t be farther from his partner’s brash attitude. I definitely recommend this series to Steampunk fans, and I’ll be back with a review of the sequel, Clockwork Prince, tomorrow.

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