This week I have been rereading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It made my Best Book of 2010 list. You can read last year's post here, but I thought I would cut and paste my synopsis below:
Clockwork Angel is the first installment in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series, which is the prequel to her highly successful and very well-written Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare is the best young adult writer today, and I am so pleased she has set a very high standard for the genre. If you have young adults in your life, you must introduce them to her series. This is definitely not your typical young adult vampire series. As a matter of fact, although it has a little bit of a gothic vibe, it has a strong Steampunk influence, and I like it!
In Clockwork Angel, New Yorker Tessa Gray must travel to Queen Victoria's London to find her missing brother. When she arrives, she is kidnapped by the creepy Dark Sisters who are members of a notorious secret society called the Pandemonium Club. Tessa soon learns that there is a parallel reality comprised of Downworlders, or supernatural beings with special abilities, gifts, and curses. The only people who protect normal humans (mundanes) from this world are the Shadowhunters: descendants of the Nephilim. Tessa quickly learns that she belongs to this otherworld, a legacy that has been hidden from her since birth. As Tessa allies with the London Institute of Shadowhunters, she meets two best friends, Will and Jem, who intrigue and frighten Tessa in different ways and for different reasons. With tutelage from the Institute, will Tessa utilize her gifts and find her brother? Perhaps one of the biggest surprises for me in this book is Magnus Bane. No spoilers here other than to say his storyline is fun.
The reason I have been rereading Clockwork Angel is because Clockwork Prince, the second book in the Infernal Devices series, was released on December 6th. I am glad I took the time to read Clockwork Angel again. This time I concentrated on Will's character and the possible source(s) of his teenage angst. Tessa is also a conundrum wrapped in a mystery, and I hope some of my questions are answered in Clockwork Prince. I began reading Clockwork Prince last night, and I cannot wait to write about it next Friday.
Until next time...