Book Review: Clockwork Angel By Cassandra Clare

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Clockwork Angel is a book that has been on my to be read list for a while and I finally managed to read it! Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors and this book didn’t disappoint at all! I’ve only ever read The Mortal Instruments and they definitely convinced me to read her other books! I’ve not reviewed her books on this blog before but if you’re looking for another good read whether it be fantasy or dystopian, my reviews on Ready Player One and A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy is up!

( Disclaimer) I would recommend reading The Mortal Instruments first as there are some links from that books series into this trilogy.

A book set in Victorian times where protagonist Tessa Gray encounters Shadowhunters Will and Jem as well as other Shadowhunters who live in the institute.

As a reader, I am introduced to the character of Tessa Gray and I am immediately consumed with adventure and action as we read along on this journey when Tessa discovers herself in this newfound world.

Cassandra Clare really sets the scene with her description of London and using familiar sights such as the river Thames to help readers have a better understanding of locations. This book was enjoyable to read as I could tell that Cassandra Clare’s writing has improved a lot!


This book did remind me of the plot/ characters in City of Bones, however I definitely think character development was much better in Clockwork Angel.

Tessa Gray is introduced as a woman who has views that most women believed in the Victorian era, such as women being seen as weaker then men and not an equal. But, as the book goes on and is further developed, Tessa shows that being fierce and letting curiosity get the best of you is an admirable trait. I love how Cassandra Clare portrays Tessa as readers get to understand why she may act in a way that might not make sense to other people.

Jem Carstairs is a character readers immediately are drawn to due to his kind and gentle behaviour. He’s portrayed in an intriguing light and his story is slowly revealed earning more brownie points as my sympathy and appreciation for him continues to grow as I find out more about him. I love how Cassandra Clare shows how much he values the life of being a Shadowhunter as well as the family he has in the institute.

Will Herondale is someone who might not be everyone’s favourite character but nonetheless makes the book complete with his sarcasm and humour. He definitely reminds me of Jace and even if he seems cruel all the time, I know by now that most characters always have a reason behind their actions and how they behave with others.

The environment at the institute reminds me of the Weasley’s as everyone clashes with each other yet somehow make it work. Henry Branwell may as well be Mr Weasley and as for the rest, well I wouldn’t want to spoil too much!


Honestly judging by the fact I read this book in under a couple days, I would say it is up there on my top reads of 2019! I recently was in a reading slump, so I loved how the action started from the very first page of this book as I never got bored of it! If you’re looking for tips to get out of a reading slump check out this post here.

I would love to know your thoughts on this post! Have you read this book? Have you read any of Cassandra Clare’s books and what were your thoughts?

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