A wonderful addition to the origins of the Halo Universe. The novel goes deeper into the history of the Forerunners and sheds some light on my key eleA wonderful addition to the origins of the Halo Universe. The novel goes deeper into the history of the Forerunners and sheds some light on my key elements to the Halo storyline. In addition, other mysteries are unraveled, such as the beginning of the Flood outbreak and the appearance of the Halo superweapons. I cannot wait for book two....more
Clockwork Angel combines my two favorite things: Steampunk and Victorian London.
Tessa Gray, born and raised in America, travels to London to reunite hClockwork Angel combines my two favorite things: Steampunk and Victorian London.
Tessa Gray, born and raised in America, travels to London to reunite herself with her older brother, Nathaniel. Not long after she arrives, she is kidnapped by a cult called the Pandemonium Club. She is imprisoned by the Dark Sisters in a mysterious house. There, through the teachings of the Sisters, she discovers a power hidden deep inside her. She has the ability to Change into anyone, as long as she holds an object that belonged to them. The Sisters claim that they need her - more importantly her power - to present her to the Magister, the leader of the Club. After six monthes of rigorous training, she is rescued by a handsome, dark-haired boy named Will. He takes her to the London Institute, a place guarded by powerful beings called Nephilim. Soon, Tessa finds herself trapped in a conflict between the creatures of the mysterious Downworld and the Nephilim.
I loved Clare's concept of the London Downworld. The concepts of guardian angels (Nephilim) and other fantastical beings were candy to my mind. I want to live in this world that the author has created. It could be just that I love London...Anyway, the characters were equally as absorbing. The young and handsome Will Herondale is the dark, mysterious Nephilim that rescues Tessa. Tessa, the city-born American, adapts to his arrogance and creates an atmosphere of humor and knowing. Although Will has built a wall around himself, and who knows what secrets he has hidden away? Can't wait till the sequal!...more
I'm glad I found this book. I have read the novels recently that were the first of the author. I wasn't nearly as impressed with them as I was with AcI'm glad I found this book. I have read the novels recently that were the first of the author. I wasn't nearly as impressed with them as I was with Across the Universe. Across the Universe is Ravis's first novel, but I didn't know that until I had read her profile at the back of the book! Across the Universe features a civilization on a spaceship traveling to a new planet known as "Centauri-Earth." The novel features two original characters and an equally original idea. The thought of being trapped on a spaceship light-years away from its destination sends chills down my spine...
This side note is directed towards you, Mrs. Baltz, if you so happen to read this review: Curse you and your AP novels! When I read Across the Universe, Eldest, the leader of the ship, had a very familiar way of governing the citizens. His outline of the three causes of discord seems reminiscent of the styles of government found in 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. More akin to Fahrenheit 451 was the logic of eliminating the source of the problem, rather than solving it. The problem was that all the citizens on the ship were monoethnic; olive skin, brown eyes and dark hair. Amy, however, is from Sol-Earth and has light skin with striking red hair. Her difference (a cause of discord) leads to problems on the ship, which aren't entirely her fault. Eldest's idea of monoethnicity and surrender of individuality is all too similar to that of the Party and the Government. Again, thank you Mrs. Baltz, for robbing me of my ability to read a novel with the naive mind I once had! :)...more