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Publisher's Summary

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

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wonderful

absolutely love this series. wonderfully read and characterized. can't wait to start the next one

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Not steampunk or adult.

Though the reading was well done, the author leaves a lot to be desired. The first half of the book drew me into the world and from the narrative of a young girl in apparently the late-1800s.

The portrayal of Tessa, the young female lead was done well. Her narrative staying close to that of a young, well read woman of that time. The rest of the characters however lack variety and depth. I was disappointed that the other reviews failed to mention that this book is clearly written for a young crowd. The author often explains what is obvious to reader and in ways that take you out of the story. Lines of dialogue spoken only for the readers' benefit when we should already know what is meant. The supporting characters are out of place being so young. Displaying experience and depth of knowledge that even the magic could not rightly explain.

I really wanted to like the story. I was so invested for 60-70% of the book, but once the glimpses into teen relationships reared it was too late. The book devolved into a sort of Twilight narrative. Disappointing.

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amazing!

loved it! the story was amazing. i dint think i could ever like this series after reading the mortal instruments but this one is just as good. the narration was really good. i definitely recommend it!

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Cassandra's BEST

Would you listen to Clockwork Angel again? Why?

I have listened to this series going on 4 times now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Will Herondale is, of course, my favorite character. He is enthralling, sweet, and sexy.

What about Jennifer Ehle’s performance did you like?

Her voice is what I hear in my head when I think of the main characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I went through so many emotions.

Any additional comments?

Off all of Cassandra's books and series, this one is the best. It is dark, but sweet and passionate.

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A great beginning to a wonderful series

The narration was spot on. The story intriguing and overall a great first audible book to purchase.

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Good Storytelling

I was hooked right away. Simply great storytelling. If you like fantasy and adventure this is a great book.

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Magnificent

Great writing and story telling. Loved the protagonist in this. He was great. Hoping to read the next one

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LOVED!

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of them. I'm definitly going to tell everyone I know to either listen to it or read it.

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Good book

I liked it. I would have liked to hear more emotions in the reading. Sometimes it seemed the emotions portrayed didn't match the emotions stated of the character. All in all I liked it.

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Wonderful for the most part.

This was very well done with one glaring exception. I do not understand why the character of Gabriel Lightwood was given a speech impediment. There is nothing in the book to support this,which made it sound silly.