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Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Ahhh, a steampunk novel that I really did enjoy!  I've not had much luck with liking most steampunk fiction, but this one is a worthy exception.  The Clockwork Angel is the first in the Infernal Devices trilogy.

When Tessa Gray arrives in Victorian London to meet her brother Nate, she is met by two strange women who say Nate sent them to accompany her to him.  In reality, the two are members of the Pandemonium Club and have their own sinister plans for Tessa.  She is held in their home and forced to confront and develop a talent Tessa was unaware of possessing.

Finally, realizing the purpose of her confinement by the Dark Sisters and that the mysterious Magister plans to use her for her skill, Tessa decides to escape.  Fortunately, a group of Shadowhunters have chosen to rescue her and arrive to do just that.

After an exciting rescue that reveals more about the sinister Dark Sisters, Tessa is ensconced in the London Institute where she must come to terms with a world she has never imagined.

Good characterization, exciting plot.  A fun read!  I'll be sure to get the next one!

Fiction.  Steampunk/Supernatural/YA. 2010.  496 pages.


  1. Had never heard of steampunk! But since i enjoy Victorian age fiction and science fiction, I bet i'll like it. Thanks for the info!

  2. Anne - It is a YA novel, but I thought it was great fun!

  3. I loved this one too and can't wait to continue the story soon!

    I came over from Kailana's blog today after she mentioned you on her BBAW post. :)

  4. Thanks for visiting, Kristen! I'm eager to get to the next in the series, too.

  5. I have read several of Clare's books including this one, but I think I have one still sitting around here unread.

  6. Marg - I read City of Bones several years ago and was not impressed, but I really liked this one!