Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Teen Fiction, Steampunk, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416975861
Publisher CD Book: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN CD Book: 9781442334601
Source: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for committee work and I checked out the Book on CD from my public library. This is my honest review!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When Tessa's brother Nathaniel summons her to England after the death of their only remaining relative (their aunt), Tessa looks forward to reuniting with her brother. When she arrives however, she finds herself in the hands of the Dark Sisters, two mysterious women who insist that Tessa is more than she appears to be. Tessa discovers that she is a Downworlder, a person who has magical abilities and that there are many people in London who are seeking her because of her unique abilities.
When I first started this novel I thought that I wasn't going to like it. It starts off incredibly slow, and takes more than half the book before it finally picks up pace. Part of the slowness to the beginning is Clare's meticulous attention to detail and plotting which sets the stage for later events. Up until the halfway point, however, I would have found the book easy to put down and forget about. I am glad I didn't though.
Clockwork Angel takes us back to a steampunk version of London. I have recently discovered that I have a fondness for Steampunk, and this story was a perfect example of the genre. I loved the gritty nature of London in that era and the danger that lurks around Downwold and the Nephilim alike. Clare does a remarkable job setting up the novel and her attention to detail is exquisite.
Once you reach the halfway point of the novel the pacing accelerates, and the story really starts to hook you. You will be eager to see how it will all turn out in the end.
I listened to this book on audio. The audiobook is produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and read by Jennifer Ehle. I wouldn't have finished this book without the audio version. Although the audio does fall flat in some places, Ehle's narration keeps you listening. She does an admirable job with all of the voices and definitely helps the reader through the slower first half of the novel.
Overall I highly recommend this book. It gets off to a bit of a slow start, but really picks up momentum and interest in the second half. Clockwork Angel is the first the the Infernal Devices series which is a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series. You can read this one without having read the Mortal Instruments series and still enjoy and follow this remarkable book. The second book, Clockwork Prince comes out December 6, 2011 and I can tell you right now that I already have my copy pre-ordered. The ending of this one leaves the reader with some unfinished business, so I can't wait to see where that goes in the next book.
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