Saturday, December 31, 2011
I love The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare, and I'm sure you do, too. So it's no shock that the prequel books to the popular series, The Infernal Devices, was a big hit in my reading nook. The first book, Clockwork Angel, chronicles the adventures of a shape-shifting girl, Tessa, and her submergence into the world of Shadowhunters, Warlocks and Downworlders. In other words, a lot like The Mortal Instruments, but set in the early 20th century - and in London.
Clockwork Prince begins with a visit to a cemetery. Poor Tessa has been spurned by the love of her life, Will Herondale, and her relationship with compassionate and nearly angelic Jem Carstairs begins to blossom. But that's not the real issue - Mortmain, the man who would see Tessa as his wife to capitalize on her shape-shifting powers, is still alive. And he's building a clockwork army. One made entirely out of the bits and pieces of metal and machinery in London. Why? He wants to destroy the Shadowhunters, of course.
The book is nice and thick, and by this point everybody knows that Cassandra Clare's writing is akin to listening to a melody play softly on the radio. It's rhythmic and smooth - and it serves up plenty of romance. Whether you're on Team Will or Team Jem, Clare has once again created a beautiful story world that I'm a bit jealous of!