Magic is dangerous–but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by–and torn between–two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Another steampunk novel under my belt. Because of the hype I had great expectation for this book. Although it didn’t exactly wow me, I did enjoy it a lot. After her Aunt and guardian dies, Tessa boards a steamship to London from America to live with her older brother Nathan. But when she arrives she is taken by the Dark Sisters and forced to discover and use a unique power that resides within her. After weeks of captivity, Tessa is rescued by Will, a Shadowhunter, and agrees to stay and live in the Shadowhunter compound until they can find and rescue her brother.
The story itself was an interesting one and the author has a gift in making the reader feel as if they are a part of the story as well. I felt all the things that Tessa felt. I was frustrated when she was confined and forced to do things against her will. And I was relieved when Will came along and helped her escape the Dark Sisters and their sinister plans for her. Though Tessa struck me as a little naive and too trusting at times, she was quite a clever girl and pretty brave considering her circumstances.
The Shadowhunters and workers in the compound were an interesting dynamic. Jessamine was a spoiled brat, while Charlotte was the dutiful leader. I liked Charlotte’s husband who was scatterbrained albeit brilliant. But Will and Jem were the two Shadowhunters who stood out the most. Jem was a sweet and gentle soul who was always willing to lend an ear or to try and comfort Tessa. Though he was ill, Jem had a fierce spirit and a general love for others.
Will was a different person altogether and I haven’t quite decided how I feel about him. There is something in me that really really wants to love him, but he does have some very assholish ways. He is very humorous and snarky which he uses to keep people at arm’s length. The only person he outwardly cares for is Jem, so you know that he is indeed capable of loving others. And you can tell by his actions throughout the book that he does care deeply for Tessa. But many times his actions and his words conflict. While he’s protective of Tessa, he is terrified of loving her and having her love him in return. So he sometimes says some very shitty things to Tessa in an effort to keep her at bay. There are secrets in his past of which I’m sure can be attributed to this, but in this first book, we do not get the answers. So I’m hoping as the story progresses, Will grows into the man I feel he has the potential to be.
Since I have seen such great things about this book, my expectations were pretty high. And though I wasn’t overly taken with it, I can’t deny that I was totally drawn in and began to care about the characters and what happened to them. Clockwork Angel was a good book and I am definitely interested in continuing this series.
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