Saturday, September 11, 2010
Clockwork Angel Review
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.
I literally just finished the book. I wanted to write the review when is still fresh in my mind.
To start with the environment i felt in love with it. It's one of the best settings i have read. When i was reading i was in London at 1878. I've never been there but the whole city, the atmosphere was "designed" in mind perfectly. With every little detail. There are not few...
...times when you read a book and the description of the world of the book is either too detailed or not good detailed at all. As a result you start make your own parts of the world to fit the story. This can't happen in Clockwork Angel. Cassandra has build an amazing time machine for you to travel back in time. And that's coming for someone who hates most of the stories written in our world. To put it against TMI*, i liked it more. Its aura is more dark, mysterious and adventurous. And even the story is more interesting for me.
As for the characters what can you say? My favourite one was Henry. He has a B' role in the book, maybe even C', but he is the one who stand out for me. His personality, his naivety, the way others was acting against him. I believe he would be easily my best friend.
For our main character Tessa i can't say many. I really admire how Clare build her female characters. They feel real. To concentrate on Tessa i was quite fond of her. I don't like her more than Clary, at TMI, but i still like to read about her story. The thing that i disliked most about her, it was that sometimes i felt like she was caring only for her brother and nothing else. Even if she is not selfish in some scenes looked pretty selfish to me. The back up girls,Sophie,Jess and the Dark Sisters were all really different than Tessa. I didn't really cared about what Sophie was doing and i hated Jess (as personality not as her part in the book). The Dark Sisters..well they are "bad" guys. I have to admit they scared my a lot.
Then we have the boys. Magnus..is Magnus. Everyone who knows is from TMI, can understand what i mean. Even though we see a more sensitive part of him. Will and Jem. I love them! They are so different than each other and they are like brothers. Best friends. I like reading about their relationship and i really want to know more. Will, the guy who likes to be looked as bad(reminds of Jace) and Jem( aka James),the gentleman. If Tessa pick one of them i don't really care who the one will be. I like both for different reasons and both can be at her side. Can't really pick between them.
Lastly, for the ones that have read TMI and have good memory they will grin in many scenes were the characters say profitable things for TMI. The connection is really good. I'm really into this book. And i say try it. Even it's the first one of Clare or you have read or either you are fan of TMI. After this 4th book Cassandra Clare became my 2nd favourite writer ever! Stories unique, with no repeating, that you can't see where they really go, with a perfectly shaped world always worth your time. It's not easy to find them anymore. Can't wait for the next one!
Buy ClockWork Angel @ Amazon.co.uk
*TMI= The Mortal Instruments Series
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