Clockwork Angel [Book Review]


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 missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

|CW: Death, fatal injury, addiction, illness, loss of loved one, blood, gore, murder, torture|


4.5 stars for Clockwork Angel

Steampunk, magic, found family, a power struggle, and bravery and loyalty. Clockwork Angel is a complex and interesting story.

Clockwork Angel is the first book of my list for the Avatar: The Last Airbender Readathon and the choice for the prompt ‘Give a book/author a second chance’, and wow, I don’t regret my decision. Clockwork Angel is one of the most engrossing, entertaining books I’ve read, the number of times I nearly screamed at my phone and how invested I was with the characters makes me want to ask myself why I never really gave this book a chance in the first place.

Set in 19th century England, in a world where the world of magic — The Shadow World — and the regular world exist side by side but without the knowledge of ordinary people, the book follows Tessa Gray, a ‘new’ Downworlder as she tries to find her brother and survive the dangers to her own life in the Shadow World.

I loved the world building in the book, the mix of ordinary with the extraordinary, perhaps this kind of worlds are my favourite. The history of Shadow World, and its creatures, the system of order, the Accords, and the old ways, the peculiarities of each of the races in Shadow World, perhaps its because its my first book of the Shadow Hunter series, but I really liked the details of this world.

The plot was also great, it was cohesive and smooth running. The pacing was great, when it needed to pick up it did and when it should have been a little slower, it slowed. Each part blended in with the next properly, the events and plot twists, even the ones I thought I expected, still…hit (I was shocked, shook, shooketh). I should just simply say, I loved it.

The writing was also great, simple but yet, not too simple. I loved the voice of the characters. I really liked it.

Jem Carstairs is my baby

Although Clockwork is a heavily plot driven book, the characters and their development didn’t suffer. The characters were amazing in their complexity, in the way they thought and acted.

I loved the main character, Tessa, and her tenacity and loyalty to those she loved. Tessa isn’t necessarily a strong character, but scared girl —brave and loyal, but scared still. She’s scared of the new world she’s been thrust into, although equally fascinated, she’s just scared and wants out. She’s scared of who she is inside with this new dangerous ability of hers, and scared that perhaps she’s not real, that maybe Tessa too is just another facade.

I love how her character developed. How she stopped thinking within that small, confined box of hers and into wider perspectives. I love how she took her struggles in strides and became a better, stronger version of herself. Still scared, but stronger and braver. Tessa is one of my favourite book characters.

Tessa heard Will’s voice in her head. She took poison rather than let herself be captured by the Romans. She was braver than any man.

“Yes,” she said, “I will.”

Apart from Tessa herself, I loved the other side characters, the lovable ones, and the ones I didn’t like, I admired their complexity (ok, about the Magister…wow! I knew from the summaries of the other books, but still I was shook!).

Another character I loved, was Jem. James Carstairs is everything! I love Jem, I love how sweet and gentle he is with Tessa and his cool outlook of the world. Jem is my favourite character, I love him more than I love Tessa, he’s the best boi, the softest boi, I would die for him. As I said to my friend after reading, he’s a wholeass baby.

Will, although I really liked him, seemed like the typical YA cut out bad boy — hot and cold, with a tendency to be mean and hurtful at more times, with a tragic past — with a sprinkle of frosting. I really do like Will, but I wish he was a tiny bit less cliché.

I absolutely love this book…

I could go on and on about how much I love this book (and Jem), but I should end by saying I enjoyed it and I regret not sticking to it in my first try. I cannot wait to read its sequel, the way it ended makes me want more. I’d recommend reading Clockwork Angel.


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6 thoughts on “Clockwork Angel [Book Review]

  1. I need to give this series a second chance! I struggled with it because I liked the original series a lot and I felt like it had too many similarities with this prequel series. BUT I will say that I loved the world building and I also loved Jem Carstairs too ❤ Hope you love the second book just as much or even more x

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

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  2. I have a confession, I have this book sitting on my kindle and it has been sitting there for years, I really want to read this trilogy but I think I’m afraid my expectations are too high but your review makes it sounds as good as I hope it is!


  3. YAYYYYY I’m so happy that you enjoyed Clockwork Angel!! I LOVE Cassie Clare’s writing & how much effort she puts into character development, even all the minor characters! AND JEM IS JUST THE MOST WHOLESOME CINNAMON ROLL EVER & MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS 😍❤️
    Are you planning on continuing with the rest of the series soon?
    💛 Ngoc

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    1. its hard not to love jem, he’s a complete sweetheart 😂❤. i do plan on continuing the series, maybe next month, when i wrap up most of series i’ve this year.

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