Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices, the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments. Set in Victorian London, the book is filled with history as well as a compelling story. Because it is set in the same world as The Mortal Instruments the book seemed familiar, and even has the immortal Magnus Bane, a warlock who also was in The Mortal Instruments.
The story tells the tale of Tessa who comes to London at the behest of her brother, and discovers that he has gone missing. Willing to do anything to find him she discovers the shadow world, and unravels some life-altering secrets. This synopsis is very similar to that of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments, but that’s where the similarities (for me) end.
City of Bones drew me in immediately. I was curious about Clary, and what happened to her mother. Curious about the Shadowhunters, and their world. I also was intrigued by the characters, and Clary’s possible love interest Jace. I didn’t feel the same about Clockwork Angel. Though there were mysteries set up, and a possible love triangle established, nothing really seemed to happen in the first 150 pages. That’s too long for me. I need to get sucked in within the first 2-3 pages if a book is going to hold my interests.
The other thing that annoyed me was that Cassandra Clare set up a lot of mysteries to unravel, but didn’t even throw us a bone on any of them. In fact, the first mystery wasn’t even revealed until 200 pages in. When a book is only 356 pages, that is just too long. Since I had already bought the sequel, Clockwork Prince, I’ll go ahead and read it. If I hadn’t already done so I might not be so willing to continue with this prequel series. I will say, however, that I am curious about what happened after the final scene in Clockwork Angel, and that is another motivation for continuing. Having loved The Mortal Instruments as much as I did I have to admit that I am pretty disappointed with Clare’s foray into creating a prequel series.
The synopsis for Clockwork Prince states:
The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.
In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.
If you are a fan of The Infernal Devices please let me know if the series is worth continuing. Thanks!