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Clockwork Angel

(The Infernal Devices #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  751,922 ratings  ·  35,451 reviews
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her
Hardcover, First Edition, 479 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Sanne (papierplanet) I'd recommend reading those books in the order they were released:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
Clockwork Angel
City of Fallen Angels
I'd recommend reading those books in the order they were released:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
Clockwork Angel
City of Fallen Angels
Clockwork Prince
City of Lost Souls
Clockwork Princess
City of Heavenly Fire

From Clockwork Angel on, both series kind of intertwine and some things are foreshadowed in one series that is going to happen in the other. This way you're reading it as Cassandra Clare intended the story to unfold, and you won't be accidentally "spoiled" for one series. :)(less)
Vanessa Yes you would. I actually read TID before TMI and believe it enhanced my experience as TID is actually better written. If I had read TMI first, I don'…moreYes you would. I actually read TID before TMI and believe it enhanced my experience as TID is actually better written. If I had read TMI first, I don't think I would have finished or given TID a chance.(less)

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Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mountain View

“One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”


Mountain View

☆☆☆☆☆5 FULLY STARS!☆☆☆☆☆

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!

I never thought this could be that good.I had started "City of Bones" (the first book of The Mortal Instruments by the same author) but it didn't work for me so I thought this could be the same but I wa

Kat Kennedy
Sep 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Don't ask. I'll only start swearing.
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
THIS WAS SO GREAT. I'm so glad that I finally picked it up! I'm going to be doing video review/discussion for this so be on the look out for that soon on :)

reread: 4/22 - 4/28
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
Five years later and my love has yet to subside
chai ♡
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to chai ♡ by: Emma, Elise and Mel did this
[rips apart ‘I love Jem Carstairs’ shirt to reveal another ‘I love Jem Carstairs’ shirt in bigger font]

I can't walk up the stairs without wheezing but I would fisfight the moon for this boy.

As for Will Herondale, being that I am a fellow emo, I respect his self-loathing but as his foster mother, I do not want him to feel that way.

Lastly, I can see the fledgling tendrils of a love triangle and I am suffering. Make it an OT3 you COWARDS.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! I am happy that I read it after TMI because I was able to catch the nods to those books. I love both Jem and Will and all of the other characters. I'm excited to start next book right away, which is rare since I never binge read series. ...more
This book got 1.5 stars from me simply because I was also reading Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck, and comparing with Tiger's Quest, Clockwork Angel looks like it deserves 1.5 stars...

In order to save you some precious time, I will tell you my honest reaction to Clockwork Angel right here, right now:

Thank you, Shou.

Also, when I first opened the book, I was faced by this description as well:

Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still.

*sighs* What kind of soap-operatic shit is that!? I hat
Elle (ellexamines)
Some of you might know me for, well, this review. You know, my most popular, most liked one-star review of City of Bones? That one? So I guess the thesis of this review could be people change. Oh, no, not me - I still think that book was a piece of shit, because it really was. I mean Cassandra Clare. As in she got better at writing.

The BIG thing that shocked me here was how incredibly addicting this was. Like, I tore apart City of Bones, but kind of the main thing about that book was that it was
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Milton thought Hell was a city, you know. I think maybe he had it half-right. Perhaps London is just Hell’s entrance, and we are the damned souls refusing to pass through, fearing that what we will find on the other side will be worse than the horror we already know.”

I’m the first one to admit that this book has a very slow pacing and that there isn’t an awful lot of action, let alone an intriguing plot. No, this book has none of that, yet it’s still one of my all-time favourites and I’d recomm
Wendy Darling
A fan of Will Herondale, are you? Prepare to swoon.

The Dirty Sexy Attic Scene, from Will's point of view:

Yeah, yeah, it's a little over the top in parts, but who cares? :D Yum

Merged review:

I don't give many 5 star reviews, but this one is definitely a 5 star book for me. While I liked Mortal Instruments, I wasn't as rabid a fan as I know many people are, so I read Clockwork Angel out of curiosity more than anything else...and I'm so glad I did!

This book is
The Burning Rose (Jess)
5/5 stars.
You don't even realize how perfect this book is to me, it's among the best books I've ever read.
There's something about Cassandra Clare that makes me feel like she's getting better with every book she publishes. I can wholeheartedly say that this plot is much better than TMI. The writing is more interesting, intriguing, exciting.
Unlike Clary, Tessa is a good character. Clary got on my nerves 99% of the time. But I love Tessa. It makes the reading a lot more comfortable for me. Well,
Where have I read this before? Oh, right: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (9781416914280): Clare, Cassandra: Books

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone: J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpre: 8601422743395: Books

Look me right in the eye and tell me this isn't the same book as City of Bones. Oh, wait, you can't. Take a look at this plot sketch.

1. Normal girl is saved from demon by strange, handsome boy with mysterious powers
2. Normal girl's name rhymes with "hey" and has three syllables in total
3. Girl discovers she has magical powers, and isn't normal after all
4. Girl discovers her parents were hiding something from her
5. Girl falls in love with two different bo
1. Yes, I'll be doing a review for this on my channel.
2. Yes, I'll be continuing the series.
3. No, I won't tell you who's "team" I'm on yet 🙃
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey, y'all. Settle in, grab a snack, some tea and a comfy blanket, because I've got a lot to say about this one!

I originally read Clockwork Angel in December of 2018. It was my first time reading anything from Cassandra Clare.

I knew about The Mortal Instruments series, but mistakenly believed that I wouldn't like it and since this one is set in Victorian London, a setting I adore, I figured I would start here; skipping TMI altogether.

I was not prepared for how much I would enjoy this world and t
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
re-read 01.01.2020

3 years later and Jem Carstairs still owns my heart.
Claudia Ramírez
4.5 stars. I really liked it, but I felt that it lacked something...

Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Emily

(This was such a thoughtful gift from Haley!)

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★

“It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”

Friends, I finally made it to your beloved Infernal Devices! And I really enjoyed this book. Easily my favorite Cassie Clare book yet! And this was hella darker than anything in the The Mortal Instruments thus far.

Clockwork Angel is the first installm
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to rate this book. It wasn’t all bad, but I wouldn’t say it was good either. It was rather boring at times and the story dragged heavily, especially in the middle and towards the end. None of the characters has become particularly dear to me. I didn’t buy the love story.
However, I think I would have liked it much better if I hadn’t read the Mortal Instruments series before. But the books are so similar (which was to be expected, I know, as they are set in th
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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Clockwork Angel was AMAZING. If you love The Mortal Instruments, then you will surely love this book, maybe even more than the original series itself. And if you didn't, well I honestly believe The Infernal Devices will succeed in what The Mortal Instruments failed to do.

The characters were one hundred times more better than that of The Mortal Instruments! Everybody was so much more likable and mature. I really thought for a second that Tessa Gray was older
I literally cannot give anything less than 5 stars for this book, this is my all time favourite series and I'm SO happy to be re-reading it.

"It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.

So, as we all know this was a re-read for me. I've never wrote a review for this, so this is all fresh and new. I'm so excited to write this and have been wanting to do so for a long long time! I can finally do so now. I was so scared to re-read this, I thought may
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shivered with excitement all throughout the book!

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

I would cry, but I still haven't read the clockwork princess, so I feel my time would be wasted. This book was so so so good. I can easily say this is one of the best books I've read in a while. It's been a stressful couple of months, but this book was a place I went to where all the stress, the unhappiness, and depression of the past couple of m
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
okay. where do i start? how about with how freakin’ relieved i am that i actually enjoyed this!? i nearly wept tears of gratitude when i didnt feel indifference towards this, like i did with TMI #1-3.

that being said, this very much feels like a recycled version of TMI. there are massive similarities between the characters (i mean, will is basically jace. i get that they are related, but im not sure being an obnoxious jerk is hereditary. lol. i have a feeling the reason for his standoffishness w
Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: ☆ Annie ☆
Don’t get me wrong... I have really enjoyed TMI series so far, but THIS one is my jam. I somehow picked this up at precisely the right time as I was in the mood for something historical along with an intriguing adventure and this was it. If TMI are my guilty pleasure/angsty teen romance, the TID are the more grown up and slightly darker version of those guilty pleasures. I was going to initially try to alternate these with my remaining TMI books, but I think I’ll stick with this trilogy first an ...more
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

After almost a month of finishing this book and a year of finishing the first trilogy, here I am reviewing this! Yes, I think this was better than the first trilogy, but my taste kind of changed and I am harder to please than ever! I was planning to give this 3.75 stars but I am settling for 3.5 stars now and I think I feel satisfied with tha
What a load of bloody melodrama. This book ought to be sung in operatic fashion by a cast of three in a slightly seedy theatre in Brooklyn. It's the sort of book that's dreadfully self-important but really, when you think about it, nothing happens: a few people appear, some technology gets destroyed, two things kiss and stuff, and between all that is a metric ton of filler.

Listen, I'm not going to lie and say I didn't kind of enjoy it. This was my third attempt at reading this, and I guess thir
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: A must for TMI fans
Oh you guessed it I read this to up my book count! So, granted it's not an entire book but I really needed to catch up.

For those of you that didn't know about it here is the link. It's the attic scene from the Will's perspective.

This just made me more excited for Clockwork Prince to come out. Goodness I am not patient these days!

Merged review:

Seriously blown away doesn't even cover it. I have to admit I had my doubts and reservations about how this book was going to turn out. We have the eve
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one.
Cassie Clare. We meet again.

I apparently have gained a following because of these reviews, and they have convinced me to use my analytical powers on The Infernal Devices series. You could say I'm easily swayed because I lack dignity. But this is really just too much fun. It's so much fun, I need to be stroking a cat.

First, the usual disclaimer. This review contains spoilers, griping, whining, over thinking, and general ranting. Trolls need not apply.

Let's get started.

Ladies and gents. Gather 'ro
Well - I still prefer Mortal Instruments. I didn't like this story as much, it was harder to get into. Also, I was slightly thrown off by the similarities/parallels between this and TMI. In certain moments it felt like the same story just in a different setting and dress-up.
I wish there would be more of Magnus Bane because he seriously made this book for me and is the main reason why I wanted to continue with the rest of the series.
Plus I need someone to finally start giving me some more answe
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“Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.”  

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Tessa Gray expects to find her brother waiting for her when she arrives in England. What she finds is much worse. Kidnapped on the docks, Tessa is kept for weeks having to endure torture and brutal training by the mysterious Dark Sisters.

They force her to discover her ability as a shape changer and prepare her for their master, the Magister, who
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo

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