Book: Clockwork Angel
Series: Infernal Devices #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Review: After a long journey from America, 16 year old Tessa Gray is happy to arrive in London to see her brother Nate. But she is quickly kidnapped by the Dark Sisters, forced to use a magical ability she didn't know she had and learns she is to be married to the elusive and powerful Magister. Before she is married off, Tessa is rescued by Will Herondale, a young Shadowhunter. Tessa seeks refuge with Will and his fellow Shadowhunters in London as they search for the Magister and her brother.
Infernal Devices is a prequel series to Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London in the late 1800's. I'll admit I put off reading this for quite awhile (I was so burnt out by the 3rd MI book I wasn't sure I could take another Clary-esque character). I am so glad I finally read this because I really enjoyed it! If you've read the MI series, then many of these characters will seem similar. Will is essentially Jace with black hair and blue eyes. Jem (full name James, which I prefer over 'Jem,' I always imagined the 80's cartoon whenever I read 'Jem') is a straight Alec. Jessamine is a less likable Isabel while Nate...well, I'll leave out spoilers regarding Nate. Even though these characters were very similar to their present day counterparts, I really enjoyed the ID characters more. Maybe it was the London backdrop, but everything in this book clicked with me. Mysterious and brooding Will...I couldn't wait to learn more about his backstory-why is he so distant? Why does he push people away? Next, sweet, open, sickly Jem. He is one of those characters who is so pure and honest I usually can't stand them, but he is really likable. It's clear there will be a love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem at some point. Finally, Tessa. LOVE her. She is like Clary in that she doesn't initially know that she is part of a magical world but the comparisons stop there. Tessa uses her brain in stressful situations and it a fabulous heroine. She is very likable. Yes, she has a tendency to think real world is like books, but that is because she grew up very sheltered. Fans of MI will be pleased to see Magnus Bane make an appearance (yay!) and although the Magister reveal was obvious, I'm looking forward to seeing more of the clockwork creatures.
If you've read the first 3 MI books, you must read this series. If you are a fan of YA fantasy, I also recommend this.