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Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book One

Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book One

Written by Cassandra Clare

Narrated by Jennifer Ehle


Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book One

Written by Cassandra Clare

Narrated by Jennifer Ehle

ratings:
4.5/5 (687 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Aug 31, 2010
ISBN:
9781442334618
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Magic is dangerous-but love is more dangerous still. Discover the riveting first audiobook in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London's dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters-including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....

Released:
Aug 31, 2010
ISBN:
9781442334618
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

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  • (4/5)
    Really good. Can't wait to read the next one.
  • (3/5)
    For those of you who have already read The Mortal Instruments and liked it, I suppose reading Clockwork Angel will be a somewhat pleasant, somewhat unpleasant deja vu. For starters, it involves a girl from New York who is introduced to the Shadowhunters by a hot headed, obvious love-interest Herondale. Doesn't exactly prove Cassandra Clare's versatility, does it?
    The world building that Clare crafted throughout all six books of TMI never seemed too rushed, though I admit it got rather exposition-y at times; whereas, Will Herondale literally hands Tessa a book of Shadow World 101 that she spews verbatim at the reader only a few chapters in. Besides that, the plot didn't really stand on it's own. I know Clare was a fan fiction writer before writing TMI, but making a fan fiction out of your own story? It's just a City of Bones copy that got a period piece twist. It wasn't until more than half way through, when the clockwork automatons became important, that it differed significantly at all. The robots were undoubtedly the coolest and most original part of the story.
    The character introductions seemed forced sometimes too, because everyone treated Will like he was an awful person, even Tessa sometimes, when up until that point, he hadn't actually done anything to justify that. His first rude thing was leaving Tessa alone when she didn't know how to navigate the Institute because she had been attempting to pry into his past when obviously he has a tragic backstory. I felt like Tessa was more of a jerk than he was at that point. Granted, later on he does do some pretty mean things, but Tessa already had formed an unjustified opinion of him. Mortmain was obviously the bad guy at his first appearance and he wasn't even an interesting or fearsome villain like Valentine. He just gave me the feeling of the orphanage "caretakers" from Oliver Twist: oily kind of people in stiff collars. In general, the plot was predictable. I was rarely surprised and was far more often annoyed with the characters' blindness and stupidity.
    Overall, I liked it enough, but significantly less than TMI, which is disappointing because so many people recommended it, many of which regarded it higher than TMI. I'll still finish the trilogy though. I'm in too deep. No turning back now.
  • (3/5)
    Without Clary and Jace, quality in the story is greatly improved. That being said, their replacements aren't *that* much better.As to plot, the fact that the technology introduced in this prequel series is not ever harkened back to in the Infernal Devices series is rather annoying. Looks like Clare's just trying to cash in on the steampunk fad.
  • (5/5)
    This is one of those books that's naturally good ya know? You can't really analyze it because it's so awesome :DIf you haven't read this yet, I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO READ IT NOW
  • (5/5)
    This book has been around for a while and for some reason I never picked it up. I loved The Mortal Instruments series, so I decided to pick this up. Let's just say that I fell in love! The characters are just so raw and perfectly flawed that you can't help but fall in love with them. I still can't pick a favorite between Will and Jem! I also did not seem some of the events coming, (the plot twist caught me by surprise) and the ending had me crying for more. I'm starting to think that I might like this series better than the Mortal Instruments series, but I'll have to finish it before I can decide. I DEFINITELY recommend this book (I spent the entire day absorbed in it!). Now on to Clockwork Prince!
  • (3/5)
    3.5 stars

    Unfortunately I did not like this book as much as I expected. Though I did find it very accurate, and Tessa was a great protagonist, I simply couldn't find it it myself to care what happened. It might be because I just can't wait to see what happens in The Mortal Instruments, but I decided to read this now so I don't get spoiled. I would still recommend it, because it is a very good book. (The epilogue was my favourite :DDD)
  • (4/5)
    So this was so much better than I expected. It was slow-paced, but not in a bad way. I very much enjoyed learning each of the characters, even the ones I hated, particuarly Jessie. She was awful. Will was a jerk, and I can very much see the resemblance of Jace to him; reckless, arrogant, and too pretty for his own good. Jem is a sweet muffin and I hate so much that he is 'ill'. I fear he will die in the next book and if not, then obviously in the third. Like Clary, I feel like Tessa has chosen the wrong boy to love. Jem I think is the better choice even with the looming of his eminent death.

    My only complaint: NOT ENOUGH MAGNUS! He is my personal favorite character of the whole TMI/TID series. He's the most fun, which of course is why we don't get enough of him. I know we have The Bane Chronicles, but it'd be so much better if he was the star of his own series. But I digress...

    This book was pretty good and unlike with The Mortal Instruments, I'm bothered by Tessa's naivety, but not because I think she's foolish. This is a different time where women were treated as weak, and possessions of the men in their lives--even among the Shadowhunters-- so it makes sense for her to be clueless and frightened and looking to someone else (a man) to save her. Clary is just foolish and selfish, but I'm getting off track.

    Tessa being uninformed or surprised by strong women who could fight is understandable and even pitiable, because that is what woman of that era were spoon-fed from birth. But she is obviously undergoing positive changes. She fought to save not only herself, but her friends, and was even willing to sacrifice herself to thwart the villian. She showed so much more spunk and good sense that Clary, which is ironic considering the different times they lived in. Logically their behaviours should have been opposite.

    All-in-all I enjoyed this and want to read the next book not just because of morbid curiosity like I did with the previous series, but because I truly want to see what happens next. Plus the prospect of more Magnus is always a good one.

    My other complaint: while the narrator did a great job reading and using different voices for the characters, her pronunciation of a few words was wrong and it bothered me.
  • (5/5)
    Tessa's only living relative - her older brother, Nate - has gone missing in London. Even worse, Tessa's being held prisoner by two incredibly creepy sisters who force Tessa to Change, an ability the sixteen-year-old American had no idea she possessed. When a handsome young man breaks into her rooms to rescue her, Tessa's fear of this unknown man pales beside her fear and hatred of the Dark Sisters and she escapes with him. The Shadowhunters - people descended from an angel, defenders of humans against demons, possessing inhuman strength and speed - invite Tessa to stay with them, asking that she help them discover the purpose behind the Dark Sister's interest in Tessa, but can Tessa trust them to help her find her brother?I really enjoyed this - I love historical fiction, especially historical fiction mixed with the supernatural, and there's a strong sense of Victorian England here. Tessa's a strong, independent character, and surrounded by other strong characters (one of the Shadowhunters is a total brat, but every group has one, I guess...). I had only one problem: one of the characters is deeply tormented by something, which, yes, every group seems to have one of those, too, but I'm soooo tired of the "I'm so tormented, I don't deserve to love you" nonsense from male characters! Other than that, though...Lots of action and a little bit of romance make this a page-turner! Recommended!
  • (4/5)
    I like Tessa. She is interesting. She is afraid of others and afraid of herself. She has experienced a lot of hardship, even before her kidnapping. Even though she's had such a difficult life, and a terrifying few weeks, Tessa still loves deeply and easily.I really don't like Will Herondel very much. I know he's a lot of people's book crush, but he's very like Jace, and I didn't like Jace that much either. Arrogant, selfish characters usually irritate me to no end, and, while Jace had a tragic backstory and Will appears to have one as well, it's rare for the backstory to make me like an irritating character enough to make me forgive their irritating or cruel behavior. Will and Tessa's relationship felt unnatural. It seemed normal for Will, who seems to be a player, to be attracted to pretty Tessa, and it seems normal for Tessa to be attracted to handsome Will. What seemed odd was how quickly Will decided that he actually loved her, instead of just wanting to use her. The other odd thing is that Tessa is a smart girl who has read lots of books. You'd think she'd have known--or at the very least taken Sophie's words under advisement--that Will was not a good person to love. From what I could tell, Tessa had stayed at the Institute of about a week. That seems far to soon for she and Will to have grown to love each other, especially since their personalities don't seem like they would mesh well. That said, I did like the epilogue, since it seemed to show some character growth (finally) on Will's part.I really like Gem. We don't get to know him as well as Tessa and Will, but he is a very good man. I like that about him. What I don't like is that it seemed like the author was setting up a potential love triangle (or square, maybe) between Will, Tessa, Gem (and Sophie.)Charlotte, Henry and Jessamyn were interesting characters as well. I liked Charlotte's brave, no-nonsense attitude, especially because of her obvious affection for Henry. I really liked Henry. He's the typical bumbling, but brilliant genius who isn't always aware of the affect his words and actions might have. Jessamyn isn't meant to be likeable. I hated her at first. She is somewhat like Will in her arrogance and selfishness, but, though, like Will we only got a small glimpse of her tragic backstory, the glimpse made me understand her desire to get away from the Shadow World, and it made me think that she may be suffering from some psychological problems. I also liked her more than Will because she showed incredible bravery when she had to, where as, mostly lacking fear, Will was merely reckless.I'm still not sure how I felt about the villain. He was sinister and his ability to manipulate so many people is downright terrifying, but we have so few answers about his motives, that I still can't tell whether he's going to be a strong or weak character.Overall the plot went very well. There are some interesting new tidbits on the Shadow World, and the tension in the plot kept me reading past midnight, but most of the questions we had were not resolved at the end of the story. I understand that this is a trilogy and the author has to keep us engaged enough to want to continue the series, but I wished that we would have gotten some answers, so that the book would have felt somewhat satisfying at the end.
  • (2/5)
    The premise of the book, a young American girl becomes embroiled in the occult world of Victorian London, is intriguing, and the plot outline is interesting; but the characters themselves are so poorly developed and without any interior substance to begin with, that the reader may feel indifferent to the outcome of their individual and collective fates. Tessa Gray has come to England in search of her brother, and faces a number of hardcore challenges in her life (most of them having life or death consequences); but there is too much ink spilled wondering if one of the boys likes her or not; and then of course there is another romantic interest in play.
  • (4/5)
    Good book

    I like learning about the earlier characters. I also like he setting and time era. It helped make the story even more interesting.
  • (5/5)
    There were definitely a lot of twists in the story. Definitely unexpected ones. I can't wait to read the rest of the series! Don't want to say too much for fear of spoiling it for ya'll.
  • (3/5)
    Oops, I just read Twilight again. (Was fun though)
  • (4/5)
    In my opinion, better than the mortal instruments series. Fun quick read with just the right pacing.
  • (5/5)
    I listened to the audiobook, and I think Jennifer Ehle did a great job reading the book. I thought it started off a bit slow but by the second chapter I was interested, and I am glad I continued to listening to it. The book was very different than I thought. I thought it was going to be a steampunk novel, and while there were automaton's I wouldn't really consider it steampunk. I thought Tessa was a very compelling character and the story line was interesting and fast paced.
  • (4/5)
    I'm actually liking this series more than the Mortal Instruments so far. Her previous series just reeked of her Harry Potter fanfiction. They were entertaining, quick reads, but I didn't really get anything from them other than, "That was fun." I think I've mentioned this before, but I hardly remember anything about those books other than names and a few vague details. So, yes, I think her writing is improving. Less purple. She still abuses italics way too much (you see what I did there?). And how many times do you have to reference Charlotte's size? She's small. We get it. Anyways, this clockwork army is much more intriguing to me than your regular run-of-the-mill magical artifact(s) that will give the Dark Lord immortality. Kind of steampunkish, and I like that technology fused with the supernatural. The character Tessa was cool, but it was annoying that she seemed to gain all of her life's knowledge from novels or her Aunt Harriet. A few of the characters seem two dimensional, like Harry and Jessamine, so I hope they're developed a bit more in the other books.As for Will and Jem and the sort-of-love-triangle. . .I like it, but at the same time, what is with these mysterious, dangerous male love interests? Clare, yes, but also in urban fantasy in general. Like if he's too normal, the book will be boring. . .well, gotta have conflict, I guess. But I think the choice is obvious. (Also, was anyone reminded of Sirius and Remus? Maybe it's just because I'm LOOKING for Harry Potter comparisons, but come on. . .even Jem's "furry little problem.")I read through this book in three sittings. She has a great skill with writing fast-paced plots set in beautiful worlds. Recommend it for something exciting and fun. I'm excited for the next book.
  • (4/5)
    16 year old Tess was orphaned at a young age and brought up, along with her older brother, by her aunt in America. Now her brother has gone to England, her aunt has died, and her brother has sent her a steamship ticket so she can join him. Eager to see him, she is surprised but accepting when she is met at the dock not by him but by a strange pair of sisters, Mrs. Black and Mrs. Dark, who say they will take her to her brother. From that point on things go downhill…. Tess has been brought into the hidden world of demons, vampires, warlocks and the descendants of angels. Not only is the world not as she thought it was, she is not even what she thought she was. She has the power to shift shapes voluntarily and take on others forms- and their thoughts. And there is someone who wants her and her power very, very badly. I picked up this young adult fantasy novel because it was advertised as steampunk. It does have automatons, although they are powered by demonic energy, not steam. And she has the title clockwork angel for a pendant, although we have no explanation for it. Mostly it’s an alt history set in Victorian London, an alt history that has the Downworlders (vampires, werefolk, warlocks) in tense allegiance with the Enclave (the angel descendants) against demons, with humans merely as servants. The protagonists are all young, the head of the London Enclave being only 23- but the members of the Enclave are highly trained and quite deadly for their ages. They have at hand angelic blades that burn with cold light and runes that they can draw on their bodies for extra powers. Some of the characters are well drawn and developed, others seem rather stock. Jem, one of the Enclave teens, is sweet and understanding beyond all imagining. Will, the other 17 year old male there, wishes to make himself seem worldly wise and dissipated. Jessamine, the beautiful young girl, wishes only to leave the enclave and live a normal life- normal being rich and shallow. Tess herself sometimes veers into Mary Sue-ism. But they do have their moments when they do the unexpected and act as complex humans. I could not put this book down. While there are some slow parts, it’s an exciting novel. There are a number of mysteries and constant peril. Even the places thought safe turn out to be dangerous. I am definitely waiting impatiently for the next installment!
  • (5/5)
    Simply wonderful. I was doubtful it would hold up to my memories of the Mortal Instruments Series, which I loved, but I was very happily surprised. The characters were fully developed and engaging, the world building was clear, interesting & well done and the relationships between characters was believable. The plot was interesting and had some twists that I enjoyed. Can't wait for the next one!
  • (4/5)
    I gave this book four stars because I didn't like it as well as the City of books. It is good and kept me interested and reading. I love Cassandra Clare and really loved the City books, this one just didn't grab me the way the others did. Tessa did become more likeable to me towards the end of the book and I do like Will. He is a lot like Jace. Maybe it's that with this book you're going back in time...I don't know. However, I would recommend it!!
  • (4/5)
    Cassandra Clare writes so beautifully I was bought with the first chapter. Those metaphors, those comparisons, those choices of words and phrases - they were all so picturesque.
    I enjoyed creepy aspect of this book. The beginning gave me chills.
    Once I got 40% in, things slowed down drastically, which is too slow for my taste. Plot twist wasn’t that surprising either. It’s a solid 4.
  • (4/5)
    I'd read this in hardcopy, but it was nice to listen to the words being spoken. Filled out the characters nicely! Excited to zip through this series to brush up before Lady Midnight, etc.
  • (5/5)
    Good story, much like her previous works I have read. Easy to get through.
  • (5/5)
    Have read and listened to Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter series many times. Out of all of them, THIS is my favorite series. The Infernal Devices will thrill and delight you, no matter your age. Beautiful story and a world I love to delve into and wish to live in.
  • (5/5)
    One of my favorite series ever!! So interesting to be listening to the story instead of reading.. ?
  • (5/5)
    This book had me hooked from page one! Great fantasy/steampunk/historical fiction piece!
  • (5/5)
    I’m in love with this book. Shadowhunters are so fascinating.
  • (5/5)
    Excelente libro, te transporta hasta la época victoriana en Londres... I´m in love..
  • (3/5)
    Jem is so sweet and kind he’s one of my favorite love interest for Tessa. Other than that I enjoyed the audio book. Wonder what’s gonna happen to Tessa and the others for the rest of the series ??
  • (4/5)
    Good so good not as good as city of bones but I liked it
  • (5/5)
    couldn't put it down, loved it , i highly recommend it