I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series and when I found out she was writing a prequel series, I couldn’t have been more excited. After feeling jealous of those who got ARCs of Clockwork Angel at the Book Expo and having never received one of my own, a very good friend of mine let me borrow their ARC. 🙂
I finished it in a matter of hours.
A lot of people have been saying the characters in Clockwork Angel are too similar to those in The Mortal Instruments, especially Will in relation to Jace. I, however, did not find their similarities bothersome. In general, I expected the characters and worlds to be similar and was looking forward to the familiarity. With Will, I found his sarcasm and arrogance to be similar to Jace’s, but his character seems darker and more troubled than Jace.
Other than Will, I didn’t find any of the other characters to be horribly similar to those readers already know. Tessa is a strong female protagonist, like Clary, but I like Tessa’s connection to the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders more than Clary’s. Jem proves to be another strong leading man and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Clare takes his character. He’s a quiet, but charming character and his nature balances nicely with Will’s moodiness and sarcasm.
One part about the new Infernal Devices series that I’m looking forward to is seeing how certain aspects of the world in The Mortal Instruments were established. In Clockwork Angel, I didn’t find much explanation as to how things came to be, but it was nice seeing an early version of the Pandemonium Club and an older Institution. I also enjoyed seeing Magnus Bane again and I can’t wait to see how his character is woven into the new series.
Cassandra Clare’s writing is still funny, dramatic, and descriptive. She certainly knows how to create snarky male leads and strong female leads. In fact, all the characters in the novel are well developed and each play a part in the story, some more than others. The setting of the story is vivid and Ms. Clare created such a beautiful Victorian London that I could see it all clearly in my head despite the fact that London isn’t even remotely familiar to me.
In the end, I really, really liked Clockwork Angel. In fact, I think I love it! With a strong cast of characters, wonderful setting, and great plot twists, what’s not to love? Cassandra Clare continues to be one of my favorite authors and I cannot wait to read the other books in the new series. I hope other readers love Clockwork Angel as much as I have and that they disregard any preconceived notions they have about the novel. For more information on Cassandra Clare and her writing, including tour stops and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit: