Clockwork AngelAudiobook CD - 2010
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When Tessa Gray arrives in London on a ship from New York, she's eager to see her brother, Nate. But before she can find him, she's intercepted by two women, known as the Dark Sisters, who kidnap her and force her to learn how to use the strange magical powers she never knew she had or they will kill her brother who they have locked away, all the while promising her that she is lucky, and she will soon meet the sinister Magister. Terrified and confused but struggling to escape Tessa is discover/rescued by one young Shadowhunter Will Harringdale, later on she meets Jem who helps to rescue both her and Will from the dark sisters. She is taken to the London Institute, where she learns that her powers are just the beginning of a strange, magical world she never knew existed, full of wonder, but also full of hate, prejudice, and danger...and Tessa is in the center of it.
Clockwork Angel, is a strong start to what is sure to be another knock-out trilogy. The times dictate that the mannerisms are a bit more refined in the characters, There are excellent new characters readers are introduced to, and each one is very realistic, and many have their secrets and mysteries--for Tessa, it is her heritage, and Will and Jem both have hazy backgrounds that are bound to become bigger issues later on.
One conflict that Clare portrays quite well was the struggle for the women Shadowhunters to be proper young ladies and women that society demands while balancing the Shadowhunters' need for strong fighters. Two characters, Jessamine and Charlotte, while on opposite ends of the controversy, both have to deal with it in their own way, and it's an issue that sets Clockwork Angel apart from Clare's previous work while at the same time making the setting more believable.