The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

A prequel to the Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London? Yes, please! I reviewed Clockwork Angel, part on in the Infernal Devices.

I wasn’t actually planning on reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles in Cassandra Clare’s order, but my bookshop didn’t have City of Fallen Angels so I got Clockwork Angel instead! Not that I mind though, it’s a nice little break from The Mortal Instruments. I was really interested in the setting, Victorian London. I had never read anything historical like this, so it was a fun read! My review is spoiler free, as always!

“The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts. William Herondale jerked back the dagger he was holding, but it was too late. The viscous acid of the demon’s blood ha already begun to eat away at the shining blade. He swore and tossed the weapon aside; it landed in a filthy puddle and commenced smouldering like a doused match. he demon itself, of course, had vanished – dispatched back to whatever hellish world it had come from, though not without leaving a mess behind.”

A prequel to the Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London? Yes, please! I reviewed Clockwork Angel, part on in the Infernal Devices.


The year is 1878 and after the death of her aunt, Theresa “Tessa” Gray travels to London, England. In search of her missing brother, she’s pulled into the Shadow World. Together with her allies Will and Jem, she finds herself up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organisation out to rule the British Empire.


Clockwork Angel was rather disappointing. It wasn’t all bad, but I guess I just expected more. Unlike The Mortal Instruments, I didn’t feel like I was dragged into the story and needed to be pulled out kicking and screaming. I loved the storyline, the characters and the setting, but it was nowhere near as good as The Mortal Instruments. I really did enjoy reading it though. It was told in a serious, yet light and funny way.

My first “problem” was the setting. Victorian London, 1878. Although it seems like the most amazing time and place for a book, I couldn’t visualise it at all and that bothered me. As I started thinking about the book more and more, it got easier. But I really struggled with it in the beginning. That probably ruined it for a bit.

The storyline didn’t have to much real action like City of Glass. For some reason the lack of action disappointed me. Though I enjoyed it more than I thought I did. The story was perfectly paced and the events that took place were really interesting. I kept thinking about what would happen later and I came up with theories and then reading what actually happened made it a lot of fun.

Tessa Gray is an amazing character. She’s a heroine with a love for books with ladylike manners dressed in pretty dresses… Can I be her?! Will is really funny, yet sometimes very annoying and mysterious character. I don’t know whether to love or hate him, because he just confuses me so much. Jem is an angel, really. I love him so freaking much. I’m glad the questions I had about him were answered, unlike the questions I still have about Will. I also really love that Magnus made an appearance. He got a little more of a backstory at the end of the book and I’m so happy because that’s all I’ve wanted since City of Bones.

I still have a lot of questions about the book/trilogy. But it makes sense, considering it’s only the first book in the trilogy. If I didn’t have any questions, why would I continue reading? Smart move. Cassandra.. Hehe! Can’t wait for the rest of this story!

My review of Clockwork Angel including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.

A prequel to the Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London? Yes, please! I reviewed Clockwork Angel, part on in the Infernal Devices.

My rating

I have so many unanswered questions and I’m missing the action. I really enjoyed it though, so it’s definitely a 3/5. One good thing though, this leaves lots of room for improvement. I’m sure Clockwork Prince will be better and I cannot wait to read it!

About Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel is part one in The Infernal Devices, which is a trilogy in the Shadowhunter Chronicles by New York Times Bestselling Author Cassandra Clare. The Shadowhunter Chronicles are set in the Shadow World. The Infernal Devices is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. The sequel The Dark Artifices came out in March 2016.

Cassandra has a website and she’s on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Tumblr.

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