I originally read the Indonesian translation of this book but I’m providing the information of the US version because I’m writing my review in English.
(The Infernal Devices #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 31st, 2010
Pages: 478 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal
Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.
Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.
I admit that I actually wanted to love this series before I started reading it. A lot of people said that TID is – in a way – better than TMI books which I thought were decent except for City of Glass and maybe this is a bit biased but I stopped reading at that book. I didn’t bother to read the rest of the series cause… well, I read the synopsis and I found it not really interesting… Okay, so what did I think of Clockwork Angel?
Luckily, I ended up liking this book. A lot.
“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
At first this book was a bit difficult for me to read because everything is intensely described and the pacing is slow in the beginning. Believe me, I had never read anything which is so descriptive other than Cassandra Clare’s books. But once I had adapted to her writing and third-person POV, this book was definitely engrossing for me. And the pacing does get faster in my opinion. I always prefer first-person POV because I can relate to the characters better. But in this case, third-person POV works perfectly fine cause Tessa’s perspective is limited and we get to know what happens to the other characters this way, making the book more interesting.
Tessa in the beginning wasn’t the type of heroine that I like. She’s weak and annoying. She makes stupid decisions. However, I liked watching her transform into a sharp-witted and braver girl. She has no combat skills but she eventually knows how to make use of her transforming gift and gain advantage from her enemy with it.
Will is the typical bad boy in YA books. He’s rude and moody and a bit unstable. He covers his dark past or emotion he doesn’t want anyone to see with humors. Will’s remarks did make me smile several times and he grew on me throughout the book! Though he seems to be less hilarious than he should be… (I read the Indonesian translation, btw. Cannot find the English version anywhere.) Anyway, I was a bit disappointed because his past or his reasons of acting like a jerk isn’t explained in details – I definitely want to know more! – but I think Clare is saving it for future installments. Other than his jerk-ish attitude, it’s good that he also shows some caring sides. His bromance with Jem is so sweet!!
“How rude. Many who have gazed upon me [Will] have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun.”
Jem still had his eyes closed. “If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.”
Jem, the angel to Will’s devil. I love this guy so much! He’s very gentle and kind and considerate – basically Will’s opposite. Sometimes I wonder how come these two be best friends. But it does make sense that only super patient people like Jem can put up with Will’s attitude. What I like the most about him is that he doesn’t complain about his unfortunate condition. Speaking of that, I really really feel bad for him.
And the romance. There’s a love triangle, obviously and it’s between Will and Tessa and Jem. (Why in love triangles it has to be assholes vs angels?) Honestly, I really like both of them. I love Will’s interaction with Tessa. I love Jem’s interactions with Tessa. I don’t think I have to explain any further. They’re so asdfghjkl and the romance made me swoon. Like, seriously. But I think I’m leaning to Jem a bit. 😛
I like Charlotte, Henry, Thomas and Sophie. I think Jessamine is (mostly) irritating. I don’t have to explain any further too, do I? 😉
“It’s Will,” she [Jessamine] said. “He’s being absolutely ridiculous in the dining room.”
Charlotte looked puzzled. “How is this different from him being totally ridiculous in the library or the weapons room or any of the other places he’s usually ridiculous?”
I had a few issues with Clockwork Angel and the thickness was kinda intimidating, but all in all, this book was fantastic! The twists were surprising and the most of the characters were great! I personally think this is better than City of Bones. I’m glad I gave it a chance. 🙂
- Tessa reminds me too much of Clary – and not just her, but Will also reminds me of Jace, so Jem is most likely TID counterpart of Simon. But ignoring the fact that the main characters resemble TMI characters, I like TID characters more. And they’re believable and simply more likable. What do you think? Does this bother you?
- I don’t really care with Cassandra Clare writing more books about Shadowhunter even though some people think that it’s so not original and creative. Milking the cash cow until it’s dead is never good, but hey, I heard Clare is writing a new series with Holly Black and it has nothing to do with her Shadowhunter stuff. It’s with HOLLY BLACK, people, so I need to read it too! xD