Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 528
Release Date: November 7th 2019 (first published August 31st 2010)


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.


I originally read Clockwork Angel when it was first published ten years ago and loved it. I was desperate for more of the shadowhunter world after reading The Mortal Instruments. Clare has crafted a compelling and complex world with Shadowhunters. With each passing work, her stories get more intricate and the character work finer.

Clockwork Angel introduces readers to the infamous duo, Will Herondale and Jem Carstairs. They’re introduced as polar opposites, but would do anything to protect each other. Will is mysterious and cruel at times, while Jem is understanding and insightful. Readers cannot help but be pulled towards Will as he gives off the harsh bad boy charm.

What I enjoyed most about Clockwork Angel is getting a better understanding of the shadowhunteworld, more specifically how the Clave operates and their views. It’s interesting to see what has changed and what hasn’t when you compare the Clave in Clockwork Angel to the Clave in The Mortal Instruments.

Tessa is a wonderful character. She’s full of spunk, wit, and is an unabashed book lover. From the moment she was introduced, I connected with her. Even though I’ve previously read this novel, I completely forget Tessa’s story so I’m excited to rediscover it again.

The only criticism I have of Clockwork Angel would be that Clare doesn’t lean into the angst and chemistry between Tessa and the boys enough. Though, this is indicative of the time it was written and not Clare’s ability since Julian and Emma’s moments in The Dark Artifices could light the pages on fire.

Overall, I very much enjoyed by reread of Clockwork Angel and am excited to continue with Clockwork Prince in January then Clockwork Princess in February in anticipation of Chain of Gold.


Have you read Clockwork Angel? What did you think?

7 thoughts on “Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1) – Cassandra Clare

  1. Do you think this universe would be something that I should try out someday? Considering that I’m not too likely to enjoy something TOO YA or with TOO MUCH romance? 😀 Great review though. This is a really pretty edition too (based on your pics on IG). 😀

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