The Infernal Devices (#1)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
This is a book about an ordinary girl who founds out that she is far from ordinary. Along with that she discovers the whole new world of monsters and men – friends or foes. If wouldn’t have been a story without a romantic hero, but here the girl has even two of them. Sounds familiar? But not everything is so cliché. Cassandra Clare creates very atmospheric and cosy world of Victorian London from which you won’t be able tear yourself away.
The first thing that will catch your eye is that there is a great number of different allusions, quotes and epigraphs from classical literature. Well for some readers this moment can be really tough and boring, but all the quotes are suitable and understandable.
The second is that somehow the plot of this book reminds you of The Mortal Instruments, but it’s only temporary believe me. Plots are different.
Somehow Victorian London carries away with its atmosphere, fogs and rains, dark lanes and cosy parks and whole Down World. Here you will meet an old friend – Magnus Bane (one of my favorite Clare’s characters btw). Here he’s younger for like more than 100 years than in The Mortal Instruments. And he really IS younger; we see what situations form his character and bring him his well-known wisdom.
Main character Theresa Gray loves books and her brother Nate. But suddenly she discovers a whole new world with vampires and werewolves, warlocks and fairies and she herself is a warlock. Firstly she takes all this new information not very good but then she gets a grip on herself and sets her priorities right understanding who her real family is.
Switching to main male characters you will not be surprised. Here we have two extremely opposite and incredibly handsome young men. Will Herondale is like a really spoiled version of Jace (not a big surprise as they are relatives), but I believe that he has completely different story. James Carstairs is his exact opposite – kind, intelligent, very sad and cureless ill. I feel there will be love triangle.
The book is wonderful. I recommend it to each and every fan of Cassandra Clare’s talent. Many of you would enjoy this splendid fantasy story flavored with nice portion of steampunk.
P.S. In case you wonder about the title...
“Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?"
"They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.”