Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

“One must always be careful of books,’ said Tessa, ‘and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

*Warning* Spoilers ahead

I have been making my way through the Shadowhunter Chronicles, a series that I never thought I’d read. After reading the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series, I was excited to start The Infernal Devices. From everything I’ve heard from it, I expected it to end up being my favorite of all of Cassandra Clare’s books. So far, it is my favorite and I ended up giving it 5 stars.

The best part of the book was the characters. Cassandra Clare writes some of my favorite characters, such as Magnus and now the trio in Clockwork Angel. All three of them are so different but work so well together. They are all more complex than they seem which makes them all incredibly fascinating and lovable. Tess is such a great heroine (especially compared to Clary) and I want to give Will and Jem a hug. Normally, I hate love triangles, but this is an exception and whichever one Tessa chooses, I will be happy with it. Charlotte and Henry give me Genya and David vibes, which I love. I want to learn more about the two of them and even Nate, one of the villains, is an intriguing character.

I love that Magnus Bane is involved in the story! I love him in The Mortal Instruments series, which may have something to do with Harry Shum Jr.’s portrayal of Magnus in the show. I’m so glad we got to see more of him in a completely different setting and a century before the original series.

The plot twist took me by surprise and added so much more to the story. Mortmain and Nate working together was something I didn’t see coming, especially when Nate’s true feelings for Tessa was revealed. He thinks that since she can shape-shift, she is a monster, yet Nate continues to work Mortmain and downworlders. I’ve said this before, but I think that reading about families and the way they do or don’t work together is fascinating. I look forward to seeing how their relationship will develop. Also, I’ve heard that some people found the beginning of the book boring, but I was hooked from the first page. When Tessa was stuck at the house with the Dark Sisters, I had to keep reading because I needed answers.

I don’t have anything bad to say about this book. When I wasn’t reading it, I was looking forward to when I could read it next. I’m in love with everything about this book and was absorbed with the world from the beginning.

Overall, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare was an amazing book and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Tessa, Will, and Jem are great main characters and I’m excited to see where their story goes.

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