Title: Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices # 1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication Date: 2011
Source: Bought Copy
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
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.
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. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Clockwork Angel is the perfect start to a series with great pacing, plenty of action and memorable characters. I was caught up in the tale from the first page and would have devoured it quicker if I'd not been in the middle of moving house at the time I was reading it.
I loved the steampunk elements and found the world building completely believable. Tessa develops well as a character and all in all I am keen to see how the story will progress in book two.
If you enjoy YA and steampunk this is definitely a series for you.