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Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) Hardcover – August 31, 2010
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Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Cassandra Clare, Author of Clockwork AngelQ: How does your new series, The Infernal Devices, relate to your previous series, The Mortal Instruments? Do new readers need to read The Mortal Instruments before they read the new series? A: The Infernal Devices take place in the same universe as The Mortal Instruments, but a hundred and fifty years before the events of the Mortal series. You absolutely don't have to read The Mortal Instruments first; I've gotten very enthusiastic feedback from people who started with Clockwork Angel. However, if you are a fan of the Mortal Instruments, you'll see familiar family names--Lightwood, Wayland--and get to see what the ancestors of the characters you already know were up to in the Victorian age. There is at least one character who crosses over both series: the immortal warlock Magnus Bane. For those familiar with the Mortal books, it should be fun to meet him again; for those who haven't read them, it should be fun to meet him for the first time! Q: Do you have a favorite character in Clockwork Angel? A: Like Tessa, I'm torn between Jem and Will! They were both so wonderfully fun to write. Despite having a close brotherly bond, they're really opposites in personality. Will is a character who hides almost everything about himself; Jem is a character who is almost unendingly open and kind. Of course, when either kind of character reaches their breaking point, you have those moments of high drama and intensity that are catnip to writers! Q: What characteristic or personality trait does Tessa possess that you most admire? A: She is extremely persistent and unwilling to give up. When she's imprisoned, she doesn't stop trying to escape; she never stops trying learn new information; she never stops looking for her brother. She never fades quietly into the background; she plants her feet and asks questions--and gets answers, often from the unlikeliest of sources. Q: How much research did you do for Clockwork Angel? What was the most interesting thing that you learned? A: Starting in January of 2009 I took a six-month period of reading only books written during, or set in, the Victorian era--both fiction and nonfiction. I have an entire bookshelf now dedicated just to Victoriana. I also hired a research assistant who dug through primary source materials to find me letters and diaries written at the time. I was especially keen to find diaries of Americans traveling abroad, since Tessa is an American in London. I wanted to get a sense of what her impression as a foreigner would have been. One of the creepiest things I learned about was Victorian death photos, where they would prop up corpses to seem alive and take photos of them for their loved ones to have as keepsakes. Q: Which type of character is the most fun for you to write--the hero or the villain? A: There's a huge appeal to writing both, but there's something special about creating a really good villain. The villain stands outside society. He or she can say or do anything without fear of what the consequences will be for his/her relationships with the other characters. Sometimes the villain is the only one who can speak a vicious or painful truth and get away with it.
From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–Readers of Clare's “Mortal Instruments” series (S & S) will recognize the warlock Magnus Bane and the demon-killing Nephilim, but instead of modern-day New York, this book is set in Victorian London and takes a look at the historical role of the Shadowhunters (aka demon hunters). Tessa Gray, 16, has traveled from America to London to join her older brother. But instead of Nathaniel, she is greeted by the Dark Sisters, two evil women who kidnap her in order to develop her previously unrealized ability to change shape into another person. Their employer, a shadowy figure ominously referred to as the Magister, wishes to exploit Tessa's great power. The teen is rescued by a group of Shadowhunters who are perplexed as to the origin of her ability and unsure about whether her nature is one of good or evil. Together they must discover the identity of the Magister and thwart his devious plot that threatens London. Vampires, warlocks, demons, and steampunk elements such as clockwork monstrosities abound in this supernatural offering. From the erratic and volatile–yet charming–Will to the bumbling and amiable inventor, Henry; to the ethereal and gentle Jem, Clare has made each character unique. The action-heavy plot takes off from the first page, propelling readers toward a dramatic conclusion that fails to answer all the questions raised during the course of the tale, leaving the door wide open for the next installment. Give this book to fans of Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty (Delacorte, 2003).Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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I know this is a point that bothers most people but I really like how the Infernal Instruments echoes The Mortal Instruments. Tessa has a certain spark, not a Clary kind of spark but still one. Though it is somewhat subdued by the conventions of the era, Tessa's ideas are about to change as she takes on this strange new world. It became a bit infuriating at times the way she would go on and on commenting about what a woman should and shouldn't do. I say, to hell with conventions! Most of what Tessa knows has comes from the novels she so loves to read and not personal experience. It's no wonder then, that all she spouts at the beginning is propriety nonsense. However after a short time with the Shadowhunters, we can see Tessa changing her ways. By the end she's ready to be Boadicea herself, and sacrifice herself for others.
As always love the quotes before each chapter. As an English Major I read most of them in college, and it's nice to see them here taken out of context. I also love it when Will starts quoting literature. He might be a bloody bastard sometimes, but good Lord is that boy fine. And those glimpses we get where he is at his most vulnerable make me feel as if he is really worth it. There's just something holding him back from opening up to people, hopefully that will be explained further in the trilogy. On the other hand, Jem is the complete opposite of Will. He is so kind and loving and poetic with his words--really insightful. I could see Tessa falling for him eventually if Will doesn't get his act together.
My favorite character, Magnus Bane, makes an appearance however a short one. I almost keeled over when he made the comment about how "Black hair and blue eyes are his favorite combination." Great prediction on the future, as we know Alec is the lucky boy who gets Magnus.
Overall I liked re-reading this book, but I still find it more subdued than The Mortal Instruments. The plot was quite intriguing and now I can't wait to read Clockwork Prince!
I love the story of Will, Jem and Tessa. I love the way they end up. Overall, I just love these books. I have been on the edge of my seat, laughed, cried and been inspired. It is truly a wonderful set of books and I never get tired of reading them.
I even purchased the audiobooks and have listening to them numerous times. Of all the books I own, This series are my absolute favorite. When I can't figure out what to read, I read about Will, Jem and Tessa. I have even purchased the graphic novels.
First off, the story is great and C.Clare doesn't disappoint her fans. It's Mortal Instruments meets Sherlock Holmes. One of the things I loved about the Clockwork Angel was the humor from the characters. I found myself chuckling out loud much more then I did in the Mortal Instruments. The dialogue is great and C.Clare does not hold back so make sure you have your dictionary nearby. I love this about her because while this is considered "young adult fiction" I don't feel the least built guilty about the fact I'm over 30 and enjoying these stories immensely. The writing is intelligent, witty, provokes the reader's emotions and is such a fun, great read. The ending of the book begs for a sequel and thankfully by the time I read it, Clockwork Prince is already available to me. I can't imagine the suspense for those readers who were left hanging like that and had to wait for the sequel.
HOWEVER:::::: If you have not read The Mortal Instruments series then I suggest you do that FIRST. It's not necessary but it will add to the reading experience. This is, in essence, the same exact world that is depicted in those books. For those who did read the Mortal Instruments series, this one proves to be a gift to us. It allows us to relish in the Shadowhunter/Downworlder world that we so came to love. There are so many threads weaved into the story that resemble so much in the Mortal Instruments series. It is definitely a treat for fans of The Mortal Instruments like myself who are already familiar with Marks, runes, the silent brothers AND the heritage of some of the characters in this story which we know of come to exist in the M.I. series.
If you do get the Kindle version do not stop page turning once the story is over because there is a delicious short story about Magnus Bane towards the back. It takes place during the Mortal Instruments series of book 1 "City of Bones". You will find yourself smiling while you read it if you're familiar with the M.I. series. That is one thing I love about C.Clare's writing: She knows what the reader is craving. She makes you wait for it and tempts you with it and then, just when you think she will continue to make you suffer, she gives it to you. Thank you C.Clare for not torturing us.
Another thing about the Kindle version is that there is a header/footer glitch. The book or chapter title instead of being at the top of the page and not visible will seemingly appear in the center of the page's text. The first time it happened it was within the context of Tessa describing something around the dinner table and I had to re-read it several times because it made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Then I realized when I happened upon it the second time that it was, in fact, a glitch in the kindle version. You will be reading the story and all of a sudden the world CLOCKWORK PRINCE or something other will appear in capital letters. Just ignore it and continue reading on.
Overall, another series which is sure to be a hit.