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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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Slow start but a great story

Enjoyed this book. It was a slow start, as stated by many other audible reviews, but once it gets going (1/2 way through) it picks up pace & gets exciting. It's not that slow is bad or boring, it wasn't. Just a slower pace than say The Mortal Instruments series.

Reader did a wonderful job on making each character voice unique.

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Slow to get into but enjoyable overall

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This book was pretty good and definitely left me wanting to find out more by the end. I thought the storyline was interesting and I liked the characters for the most part. The narrator did a good job with the different accents, however, I felt she sounded too old to be believable as some of the younger characters. I was glad they used other narrators for book 2. Overall, I liked this book and look forward to the rest of this series.

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GREAT SERIES!!!

Would you listen to Clockwork Angel again? Why?

I would love to listen to this book again. The Narrator does a great job and the book is AWESOME!

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I have read (& listened to) the entire Mortal Instruments Series and Cassandra Clare made the Infernal Devices just as good. Tessa is a wonderful character that you just can't help but love! This book is well worth the money and honestly I loved it! I would recommend to any one who love The Victorian Era.

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  • Jammie
  • THATCHER, UT, United States
  • 05-27-13

Kept me interested from the first page to the last

This urban fantasy to centered around The Nephilim, a race descended from angles, who's mission in life is to protect the Mundane people of the world from a fascinating array of Downworlders.

My one beef with Clare is that her heroins, although strong, smart and powerful, always fall for the very meanest boy they can find. It's not as if said heroin doesn't have a choice. Because of Clare's pathological over used of love triangles, there is always a sweet, kind boy hanging around, just waiting to be noticed. Don't even get me started on the seriously messed up situation in The Mortal Instruments series.

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A Gripping Tale

I have never read this type of book before, but I decided to take leap and try it. Cassandra Clare creates an entire new world where Shadowhunters and Underworlders live. She is able to describe the setting vividly while keeping a breathless pace in the storyline. Other than the setting, the story is really about relationships: loyalty, love, and betrayal. What makes this a great book is the combination of suspense, supernatural, and a hint of romance. The three are woven together beautifully so that it never feels forced or an afterthought. The narration is also done well and is enjoyable. Overall, it is definitely worth a credit.

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  • amanda
  • CHENEY, WASHINGTON, United States
  • 04-04-13

Loved it! Perfect combination!

What did you love best about Clockwork Angel?

The combination of period piece and the supernatural was fantastic! All the old World glamour and sophistication mixed in with the occult.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator made one or two of the woman's voices too high pitched. I didn't like it.

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  • Cheryl
  • Fort St. John, BC, Canada
  • 03-22-13

Excellent YA Story

Dark and brooding, the story starts off slow but gets moving fairly quickly. If you are looking for an easy but captivating story about demon hunters, vampires, mystical powers and automatons then you've found it. I wouldn't say this is a book for adults, but parents should be aware of some swearing and allusions to sex, prostitution and alcoholism. I didn't particularly like the narrator. I don't think she portrayed the characters in the way they were supposed to be. She portrayed the Dark Sisters excellently, but failed to capture the main characters personalities and emotional states. It was a good story non-the-less, and I am looking forward to my next credit to start on the second book.

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Good "guilty listen"

What did you love best about Clockwork Angel?

The story line was good, I didn't predict EVERYTHING that happened but enough that it wasn't like listening to a roller coaster thriller.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was engaging and did a nice job of bringing the reader into Tessa's world

Did Jennifer Ehle do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought Ms Ehle could have done a better job narrating. Her voice was a little dry and slow for my tastes

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Nothing was particularly moving.

Any additional comments?

The story fits in its genre very nicely and is what I consider a bit of a guilty read - there will be no great knowledge or personal betterment from reading this book but it is fun to pass the time with.

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Steam Punk YA fun

Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angel to be better than the print version?

I only experienced the audio edition but I am sure that the performance makes listening better for me.

What did you like best about this story?

That the author was able to make me suspend belief to this extent.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say

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

Wind up for a great ride.

Any additional comments?

I just picked this one up on a lark. I was not sure I could make it through something so outside my normal genres but I enjoyed the ride.

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Good but not as good as The Mortal Instruments!

What made the experience of listening to Clockwork Angel the most enjoyable?

I really liked the narrator, though Tessa sounded older than she was. Her performance was very good. Her character portrayals were not annoying or unbelievable. I truly enjoyed listening to this novel being read.

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

There really wasn't one. It was overall a good book but not as

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really liked the chapter when Tessa first meets Jem in the middle of the night while he is playing the violin in his room. I don't know why that scene touched me but it did.

Any additional comments?

Will be anxious to see if the next novel in the series Clockwork Prince has more action and flavor!

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