Series: The Infernal Devices #1
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books on August 31, 2010
Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Also in this series: Clockwork Prince
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...
Also by this author: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, Clockwork Prince
Since I was already a fan of Cassandra Clare from her Mortal Instruments series, I knew I had to give the Infernal Devices series a try. I’ve also been hearing a lot of great things about it from other readers so I couldn’t wait to dive into it.
Let’s just say, when comparing both series, I was immediately captured with City of Bones, while it took me quite awhile to get into Clockwork Angel. It felt like Clare was basically setting the tone and scenery for the rest of the trilogy with this book. I felt like there was too much detail without really telling you anything. I still had so many questions and felt like a lot of the book was just fluff. I really didn’t even feel for the characters very much.
I did love that it has a historical setting and Tessa has a sort of innocence to her that I found very charming, so I could see how easily the boys would fall for her, yet also how she wouldn’t be able to see it in herself. Tessa does well as the female lead, and I love her love of books. She also has great strength and determination, even though she doesn’t know anything about her power or about the paranormal world. I don’t know which guy I really feel for either, as neither one really stood out to me. Will reminds me Jace, your typical hot, bad boy who treats you like crap sometimes yet leaves you breathless at other times. Jem is basically your best friend, the one you can depend on and talk to kind of guy.
There wasn’t really a lot of action in this book or love scenes for that matter, which disappointed me a bit, but it was interesting enough to keep me going. As far as a first book goes, it wasn’t as captivating as I would’ve liked it to be, something that draws the reader in, but I’m hoping the second book will be better since I really do like Clare’s writing.