Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The Infernal Devices series is a prequel to her other bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments.
The story begins in Victorian London, when the main protagonist, 16 year-old Tessa Gray, journeys to London to visit her brother. Upon arrival, two people who call themselves the ‘Dark Sisters’ kidnap Tessa and reveal to her that she is not the seemingly ordinary human she thought she was. Threatened by the Dark Sisters to show them her skill, Tessa realised that she has the ability to ‘Change’ into any other person by holding an object that they have or is representing of the person.
After being held captive in the Dark Sister’s home for many weeks, the day when Tessa is meant to be collected by the mysterious Majester, an even more mysterious man called Will rescues Tessa. She is swooped away again into a new world, seeking refuge with a race that are called Shadowhunters – beings which are half angel and half human – whose duty is to protect the human race from Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons). The Shadowhunters soon discover that the Majester has an evil plan to rid the world of all Shadowhunters and take over.
In the midst of all the danger and chaos, Tessa finds herself falling in love with not one, but TWO handsome Shadowhunters who both find Tessa irresistible. Tessa must both save the world and come to terms with the desires of her heart.
Reading this series is a must! It entranced me from the very first page and pulled me into a magical realm that I loved. I love the way Cassandra Clare writes; it’s funny in parts, suspenseful and there are lots of twists in the plot that makes me want to read on and on into the night. I’d give Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare a score of 8 out of 10.