Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. 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. Clockwork Angel, Book 1 in The Infernal Devices series. A prequel to the best-selling Mortal Instruments series.
©2010 Cassandra Claire LLC. (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Compulsively readable ... Packed with battles, romantic entanglements, and tantalizing foreshadowing, this will have readers clamoring for the next installment." (Booklist)
The story mirrored Mortal Instruments quite a lot, same type of set up with characters etc. , but because it's been so long since I read them it was ok. The narrator was good to listen to.
Yes, good book, narrator took a while to get used to but ended up being really good!
Good use of voices for characters
This is not the first series of books from the author that I have read, listened to. Both the storyline and the telling of it was excellent. I recommend the Infernal devices as a must.
Absolutely dreadful. The narrators voice is whiny and irritating, and her accents are awful. Couldn't bear listening to more than the first chapter. Will never buy another title narrated by this person.
Although an accomplished, award winning actress, Jennifer Ehle's narration is grating and intrusive. Her rendition of the two main characters is somewhat exaggerated, giving the whole piece a slightly comic gothic lean that undermines the scale of the story, and is unlikely to be what the author intended. In particular, the pitch of the narration and several of the characters has a "closed throated" grainy edge that is often distracting.
However this book is the foundation of a very satisfying trilogy, peopled with lively, well-drawn characters in a compelling fantasy world.
The narration in the next book is better and the final book in the series is narrated with masterly subtlety by Daniel Sharman. Stick with it - the ending is worth the somewhat irritating start.
Enjoyable escapism, I read the mortal instruments books and was worried these would be a bit "same-y" but so far the change of time period adds quite a bit of extra interest. I do think some of the characters seem a bit recycled though.
The performance was OK, some of the accents were a bit irritating and inconsistent however.
I love everything about this book-even better than the Mortal Instruments especially as all of the shadowhunters are so interesting, individual and likeable. Will and Jem are both excellent leading males that girls will find themselves torn between (just like Tessa).
Tessa is a likable character who is easy to relate to even though this is set over a hundred years ago.
The London setting linked with the extracts of Victorian literature at the start of each chapter help to immerse you into the world of the book.
Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite writers. I have read and linseed to almost all if her book. Every one should get a book by her.
I loved how it linked in with the other series. It was just enough with out bein over the top.
I did like her performance but I have listened to better ones. For me it was mainly when she did other peoples voices.
No I think it would spoile it. A film is never better than the book.
Can't wait to get the next one. Xoxo
"What a tangle."
This is a good listen and compliments the book well.
She reads the character's well.
Warlocks, demons, angels, automatons and oh yeah a love triangle.
This is a fantastic story that is easy to get lost in.
The relationships and fights are well balanced and both are equally interesting
She has done a brilliant job with all the characters.
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