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Clockwork Angels: The Infernal Devices, Book 1 | [Cassandra Clare]

Clockwork Angels: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

When sixteen-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.
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Publisher's Summary

Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-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. Clockwork Angel, Book 1 in The Infernal Devices series. A prequel to the best-selling Mortal Instruments series.

©2010 Cassandra Claire LLC. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Compulsively readable ... Packed with battles, romantic entanglements, and tantalizing foreshadowing, this will have readers clamoring for the next installment." (Booklist)

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    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "What a tangle."
    Where does Clockwork Angels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good listen and compliments the book well.


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    She reads the character's well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Warlocks, demons, angels, automatons and oh yeah a love triangle.


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    Linda CORNUBIA, Australia 12-05-11
    Linda CORNUBIA, Australia 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant Story"
    What did you love best about Clockwork Angels?

    This is a fantastic story that is easy to get lost in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Clockwork Angels?

    The relationships and fights are well balanced and both are equally interesting


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ehle – was your favorite?

    She has done a brilliant job with all the characters.


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    "Good, but could be better"

    Good story, though predictable at first. The british accents weren't the best, Jessamine was screechy.

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  • fri
    5/31/15
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    "A Surprisingly Good Listen"
    Would you listen to Clockwork Angels again? Why?

    I would due to the fact that the story though predictable at moments was great. The pacing was sublime and all the characters where dripping with personality


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    The characters.


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    Spoilers.....


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    Well worth listening to

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  • Mrs. S. Chapman
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    4/21/15
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    "audio book"

    The story mirrored Mortal Instruments quite a lot, same type of set up with characters etc. , but because it's been so long since I read them it was ok. The narrator was good to listen to.

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  • Jessica Fearnely
    3/19/15
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    "Excellent audiobook"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good book, narrator took a while to get used to but ended up being really good!


    What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

    Good use of voices for characters


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  • Ian
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    "Its what I've come to expect, a great read/ listen"

    This is not the first series of books from the author that I have read, listened to. Both the storyline and the telling of it was excellent. I recommend the Infernal devices as a must.

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  • Ms Moyra Phyillis Reid
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    "Excellent"

    Another very enjoyable book I like how the story goes back and tells you how Tessa came about

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  • L
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    "Awful Narrator"

    Absolutely dreadful. The narrators voice is whiny and irritating, and her accents are awful. Couldn't bear listening to more than the first chapter. Will never buy another title narrated by this person.

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  • Millie River
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    "Don't let the narration get you down"

    Although an accomplished, award winning actress, Jennifer Ehle's narration is grating and intrusive. Her rendition of the two main characters is somewhat exaggerated, giving the whole piece a slightly comic gothic lean that undermines the scale of the story, and is unlikely to be what the author intended. In particular, the pitch of the narration and several of the characters has a "closed throated" grainy edge that is often distracting.

    However this book is the foundation of a very satisfying trilogy, peopled with lively, well-drawn characters in a compelling fantasy world.

    The narration in the next book is better and the final book in the series is narrated with masterly subtlety by Daniel Sharman. Stick with it - the ending is worth the somewhat irritating start.

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  • Ali Copeland
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    "Very enjoyable !!"

    Love the mortal instruments series and this was even better - Shadow hunter Victorian London is a very good listen. Narration was okay

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  • Leanne
    1/28/15
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    "Clockwork Angels: The Infernal Devices, Book 1"

    Enjoyable escapism, I read the mortal instruments books and was worried these would be a bit "same-y" but so far the change of time period adds quite a bit of extra interest. I do think some of the characters seem a bit recycled though.

    The performance was OK, some of the accents were a bit irritating and inconsistent however.

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