Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters , a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn even deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices series, a prequel series to The Mortal Instruments. Set in Victorian times, it is an action-packed story of love, identity and friendship.
It focuses on sixteen year old Theresa "Tessa" Gray, who on her way to join her brother, Nate, is captured by "The Dark Sisters" who subject her to lessons on her mysterious ability. She is rescued by two Shadowhunters - Will and Jem - and then the real adventure begins.
Just like the characters in The Mortal Instruments, the characters are sexy, firey and just amazing. Tessa is vunerable and innocent, but at the same time, she's strong and, dare I say it, just a little independant for the Victorian times. And I love it, really love it. The two love interests, Will and Jem are completely different, but they're both so perfect for Tessa in their own ways. Will is the perfect bad boy in my blue-eyes-and-dark-hair loving head, while Jem is sweet and nice and the 'ideal' husband for any Shadowhunter girl in the Victorian age. The supporting characters, Charlotte, Jessie, Henry, Agatha, Sophie and Thomas add another layer to the story - that of how important family is - even if they aren't of blood and add to the complications of being in love in the Victorian times, and Magnus Bane, the eccentric warlock from The Mortal Instruments makes various appearances. I think I prefer him in the 21st century, not the 19th. The main villian, the Magistar, and his associates, are clever, creepy and keep the plot moving forwards all the time, even in bits that other people might find boring.
The writing of course, is very similar to The Mortal Instruments but it is obvious by the dialogue that Clare has spent time researching how Victorian people think and, most importantly, speak.