Clockwork Angel Audiobook
By: Cassandra Clare
Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 08/2010
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.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.
Reviewed by Lisa Kay
Wow! Now this is a brilliant and breathtaking introduction to the clever Ms. Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy, and the narrator, Jennifer Ehle, certainly elevates it by a half star with her splendid delivery. Ms. Ehle keeps these amazing characters’ voices very distinctive, with a nice variety of tone, inflection, accent and personality.
This genre-bending chapter in Ms. Clare’s edgy fairy tale, a prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, is plopped down in gas-light lit Victorian England, a favorite setting of mine. A kind of Historical Urban Fantasy for its age. It is a must read for anyone who loves young-adult paranormal books. If you haven’t tried the YA genre before, this is one to start reading.
Print published by Ackermann & Co in 1836. Artist unknown.
The humor is pitch-perfect, the “fish-out-of-water” heroine is not annoying, and the secondary characters interesting, all bringing the book together instead of just providing fillers. The typical love triangle found in young-adult books is not overbearing and the mystery well plotted, paced, and purely additive! I (along with my “buddy read” partners) found myself stumped repeatedly and still not frustrated or impatient in the delicious reveals. Of course, not all is discovered; it is, after all, the first of three. Can’t wait for the next one!
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