Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
©2010 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Simon & Schuster
I can not believe Clockwork Angel focus audience was young adults. It was mature and well written. The characters were very interesting and engrossing. It wasn't overly "soap operish" but intelligent, thought provoking, and fun. I can't wait until the next book in the series.
...and what a read. I can hardly wait for the next book so I am starting another set by her. Cannot say enough good about her, but the narrator is not the best choice. Hope she gets a new one with better voice range and control. jd
If you're a fan of teenage romance novels, then you'll probably like this book. The plot attempts to be twisty, and it's not horrible, but it's not exactly breaking any new ground. The author's premise is interesting enough, but the story never really goes anywhere.
My biggest problem with this book was the ongoing trend in young adult novels where an otherwise smart, independent heroine falls for some complete jerk, whose semi-abusive attitude is 'justified' by his dark/mysterious emotional issues. Will treats Tess like garbage, and instead of punching him one in the face, she just mopes around wondering what she did wrong. I just think it's a terrible message for young people. Emotional abuse is still abuse.
So basically, if you can get through the book without wanting to give the egocentric, emotionally stunted "hero" a good kicking, then you'll probably want to buy the whole series.
Too many characters for the reader to attempt voices. It became comical and distracting. Better if listened to at faster pace.
The fight portion was a great ascension if there had been something after... But there wasn't. I wanted/needed more.
Not my favorite of the Mortal Instruments series. But, fun to see bits of other books come in.
I loved the first three mortal instruments and altho I couldn't get into the last three books I had high hopes for this series. I'm not sure if it was the time period or just the story but I struggled to finish. I was not bound to any of the characters and while I'm a bit curious of their next adventure I could just as easily be satisfied reading a synopsis.
The narrator did fine with the accents but agreed no life to the story. Best of luck to the next reader... Not bad but not for me.
Author, Narrator, Reader, Listener
I resisted this series since I was ambivalent about the Mortal Instruments, but I'm definitely interested in the next book.
The narration was way too slow, though. I had to listen to it on 1.25x speed, otherwise it felt like molasses. It's possible that was direction, though. I'd have to hear more from the narrator to know. She had a pleasant voice, but I was a little sad her British accent didn't do it for me. Funny enough, the northern accent she used for Mortmesne was better than the standard she used for everyone else.
As for the story, it was well-plotted and interesting, though I hope Tessa gets to do more than react in the next books. Will and Jem had a sort of Domyouji/ Hanazawa Rui dynamic about them, which I love, and which makes probably the only kind of love triangle I can stand, where they all care for each other and it's not just blind rivalry.
Voice performance was not engaging for me. Story like wise. Only towards the end did i start feeling interested in the origins of all the characters and that would be the only motivating factor to continue the series.
If you liked her other books you'll like this one as it is basically the exact same plot. Girl who doesn't know she has powers rescued by an aloof boy who treats her like garbage. Still she manages to fall in love with him. Nice guy looks on from the shadows as the fight to keep a magical object from the hands of the bad guy. Don't forget the brother who has embraced the dark side under the tutelage of a power hungry madman who is playing supernatural geneticist.
I liked it for the most part. What I didn't like was the reader who seemed to think shrieking was a good way to add emphasis to any scene with high emotion. Apart from that I could have replaced my self hypnosis tapes with her droning performance. Not the worst I've heard, but far far from the best.
I bought this book on a whim, this is not the genre I typically go to for my audiobooks -- The story starts off slowly -- Maybe because I have not read the previous series from this author or because this is not a genre I frequent I was very confused at the beginning and not at all pulled into the story. I was just about to give up and return the book, and then it picked up.... After that my attention was fully held and the story is a good one. The wit and banter had me laughing out loud at several points. The story is beautifully written, and I enjoyed the escape into another world as painted for me by the author.
And then there is the point of the narrator -- I've seen from the other reviews I am not the first to mention it. Bad narration choice. She is not consistent with her emotion, sometimes she is passionate and seems to be into her reading, and other times she seems she is in "off" mode. Also, she frequently messes up on which voice is for which character and I found myself having to rewind after the "so and so said" part of the sentence so that I could follow the story properly. If you are someone that MUST have a great narrator to enjoy an audiobook this is probably not the best choice for you... But if you can tolerate it the story is a great one and the parts where the narrator is doing well are even more enjoyable.
A better storyline. The author drag this story out for no reason. There were pages of useless information and not enough relevant information. I had to go to Wiki to find out what the heck this book was about. Why must every YA book have a love triangle?
But brought the whole series on sale but I think I will be looking into refunding the rest of the series.
A different narrator. She has a boring voice. She starts out with British accents and then she just reading and there is no difference in the characters.
Disappointment and boredom.
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