I haven't read Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, but Clockwork Angel, the first in The Infernal
Sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrived in Southampton, England in 1878, intending to join her older brother, Nathaniel. Instead, she was kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, and forced to learn how to use a power she didn't even know she had. With her brother threatened, Tessa learned to "Change", to transform into other people. Her talent is rare, and the Dark Sisters and the Magister, the mysterious leader of the Pandemonium Club, have dark plans for Tessa. However, two Shadowhunters, Will and Jem, show up to rescue her and take her to their refuge, the London Institute. It's there that Tessa learns about the Shadowhunters, called Nephilim, descendants of an angel. The Shadowhunters are stronger and swifter than humans, able to conceal themselves with magics called glamours, and skilled at killing demons and evil creatures. The Shadowhunters may have answers for Tessa as to who she really is, but, first, she's determined to find her brother.
Steampunk has made the Victorian era more popular than ever in literature. And, Clockwork Angel is a fascinating beginning to this prequel to Clare's City of Bones and the other Mortal Instruments books. I appreciate the combination of vampires, automatons, Shadowhunters, Downworlders (a person who is part supernatural in origin), and humans. Clare's Victorian London has shadow worlds that humans don't even know exist. Clockwork Angel allows the reader to step into a dangerous new world in which angels fight evil. As I said, I'm hooked.
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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Simon & Schuster. 2010. ISBN 9781416975861 (hardcover), 479p.
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