Did you read Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series? I did and I loved them! They were full of mystery, fantasy, uniqueness, incredible characters and a story that was rich and and just awesome!
I was beyond excited when I heard that she’s writing on a pre-series to the Mortal Instruments and sure as hell I gonna read also this story:
|Loooove this cover!|
Synopsis from goodreads
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: Jem, 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.
Cassandra Clare has a writing style that is unique, maybe it’s not her style but more the plot she creates and most of all the characters she brings to live. Again, I absolutely loved the story about Tess a 16 year old girl that suddenly finds herself in London hold hostage by some sinister woman that want to use her for their own accords. This is when the Shadowhunters Will and Jem find her and bring her to the institute. So much for what reminds of the Mortal Instruments, just Clockwork Angel is set long before the events of the Mortal instruments in the Victorian time. We will also meet characters from the Mortal Instruments like Magnus Bane!
What would be a good story without a Love Triangle… As much as I hate it we have two guys that both seem to show interest in Tessa. There is Will, that let’s nobody close apart from his best friend Jem. He’s a sarcastic Jerk but once you get glimpses behind the facade you have to let them in your heart!! Then there is Jem who is suffering from a demonic desease and had to watch his parents get murdered. Oh boy! I would just love to take him in my arms and tells him all will be good.
CC has this extraordinary gift for characters that are deep multilayered and beyond behind plain. That is what I love most about her stories!
For me? At the moment I’m Team Jem although I’m pretty sure Tess will choose Will in the end. It’s not like I don’t like Will, I found him absolutely intriguing but in Clockwork Angel Jem won my heart!
Apparently Tess has some powers she didn’t know she has and those dark sisters want desperately to use Tess for their purposes. But, of course it’s not clear for what, only that Tess is incredible powerful! The Shadowhunters rescue her and take her to the institute to protect her and to find out what is going on good old London. Absolutely fast moving plot with incredible good plot twists! Well, and then there is also the sweet growing love story. But, CC stayed true to the time she placed the story! There is not much more than a stolen kiss here and there, but it’s oh so sweet! Also, Tess is a true girl from the Victorian time and struggles with the easiness woman and men live together as equals in the Shadowhunterworld.
CC world, writing style and characters are so unique that this book deserves nothing less! I can’t wait for the next book in this series and I’m excited to find out more about Will, Jem and Tess!
But CC’s next book will be City of Fallen Angels and I’m even more excited about this because it’s the book that follows City of Glass and tells the story of Clary, Jace and Simone!! *does a small fangirl squee*
Note: Although this is a pre sequel to The Mortal Instruments, you can most definitely read this one before you read The Mortal instruments!