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4 Stars: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare Audiobook

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is part of the prequel series Infernal Devices (prequel to The Mortal Instruments). I actually haven’t had a chance to read all of The Mortal Instruments yet, so this audiobook was a great introduction to the magic of the Shadowhunters :D. I also can report that you don’t need to have read The Mortal Instruments to mightily enjoy Clockwork Angel! Finally, thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Audio for giving me the chance to review Clockwork Angel.

I received Clockwork Angel from the publisher for an honest review.
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Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Length: 13 discs
Genre-ish: Steampunk fantasy YA
Rating★★★ awesome magic and narrator

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-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. — Goodreads


  • The Shadowhunters have sweet powers based on runes drawn on their body. They also can make their weapons glow (and I assume hurt demons better >.>) with the names of angels :D. I love me a cool magic system!
  • The narrator of Clockwork Angel was amazing. She did the American accents believably and the English accents equally awesomely. Each character had their own voice, and I could even tell the male character voices apart (impressive for a female narrator in my experience).
  • There were some great plot twists in Clockwork Angel that I didn’t see coming :D.
  • Charlotte is one of the Shadowhunters and the main character Tessa had an amusing reaction when she realized that Charlotte dressed as a man when she fought, how shocking!
  • A lot of the characters that Tessa comes to know are orphans, including Tessa herself. There were lots of wonderful sentiments about making your own family out of the people you love instead of just who is related by blood. It was quite heart-warming.


  • One of the love interests is a complete jerkbutt. I really don’t appreciate a male character being cruel and cold towards the female main character and the female main character continuing to swoon over him. Yes, I realize that you can’t control who you fall in love with, but when guys have been a-holes to me, I haven’t been much inclined to hang around them no matter how pretty.
  • As the description implies, there is a love triangle brewing which I don’t consider a strength. But past that, Team Jem!
  • Clockwork Angel ends with a lot of questions unanswered. I would have liked the book to reveal a bit more on its own, or at least give some hints about the magical questions :(. Guess I’ll just have to listen to the next one ;-).


While I’m all grumpy about the YA romance element, I otherwise loved Clockwork Angel. The audiobook is fantastic and highly recommended. This is actually the first steampunk type novel that I’ve read/listened to and it was an excellent introduction to the genre; I want more :D. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the magic of the Shadowhunters and Tessa in the rest of the trilogy. I also am eyeing my copy of City of Bones excitedly, haha.

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  1. I haven’t read this yet, but I’ve been planning too. I heard a lot of good and bad about this but I wanna “experience” it first. Great Review Anya! I appreciate reading something with a more different opinion. :D
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  2. Awesome review Anya! I have been putting this one off myself despite the fact that I own a copy) because I was so underwhelmed with TMI series BUT I do keep hearing that the ID series is much better…and your review certainly just gave me a push of wanting to read it soon!! I do SO love the time period and the steampunk feel it seems to have ♥ I admit that the love triangle has been a deterrent for me too but we’ll see! Thanks for sharing your insight :D

    • Hehe, I read in the opposite order, since I have City of Bones on the shelf and do what to read it some day since I own it! Too bad to hear it isn’t as good though :(

  3. But, but but.. Will is so awesome! You will find out why he’s a complete a-hole in the next book though! I love this series! I read it before reading any of TMI, I’m glad I did since this takes place first. Not that there are any spoilers for either series between the two of them.

    I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I also loved Tessa reaction to Charlotte dressing like a man! :P

    • Hehe, so I’m listening to Clockwork Prince now and am understanding more ;-). I still have general issues with female characters falling for guys that treat them badly ya know?

      • Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

        Yeah, I can understand that. I would never let a guy treat me like that. My husband will call me bad names and stuff, but he’s always joking, I have a similar sense of humour so it doesn’t bother me at all. Sometimes people get worried because they think we’re

        If it was serious though, I wouldn’t let it happen, nor would I be with him.

        • Exactly! I just don’t like what we’re telling teen girls that are reading these books and thinking that that is what they should find attractive….

  4. I’m going to try to read The Mortal Instruments first to see if I like the author’s writing, but then I want to jump right into reading these. I love the covers, and I really love the sound of Tessa’s ability. I think that’s a really cool concept for an author to have explored. Great review!

    • The covers are so gorgeous aren’t they?? I’m excited to read TMI next since I’m quite enjoying the world

  5. I haven’t read this series yet, but it seems like everyone has really enjoyed it! I love your list of pros for this book. And the love triangle kinda stinks. Apparently it’s a pretty central theme to the rest of the series, too.

    I’m glad to know you enjoyed the audiobook, because that is how I will be reading this one as well. Yay!

    • Yeah, given the covers have the two boys and then Tessa on them, I’m thinking it’s going to be a major part, oh well! I have all three to listen to from the publisher, so I want to keep to that promise.

  6. Great review! I’ve been putting this one off, but I think I might settle down and finally read it! :)

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