With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart."
I must admit that while Cassie Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series has been my most favourite book series for a number of years "Clockwork Angel" didn't do much for me- Not only did I much preferred the grittier setting of New York in TMI series rather than the drizzly and rainy setting of ID, but I also preferred TMI character's (I mean seriously, how can you compete with Jace? Oh right, you can't). Therefore when I started this book, I must admit, I thought that like "Clockwork Angel" I would find it to only be mediocre. Was I ever wrong. This book took my breath away and left me speechless. Even hours after finishing it all I could proclaim was "OMFG"! Believe it or not, I think I actually prefer this book over half of TMI books.
I think that this book was more successful than its predecessor was because of the characters- in the previous book I had a bit of trouble connecting with them, but in this book I didn't whatsoever. I feel that they were all much more complex and dynamic in this book (especially Will, gosh, I thought that Jace was a bucket full of angsty emotions and that no one could top him, but again, I was wrong). Furthermore, this book actually answered some of those burning questions that we have had (as opposed to answering questions with more questions)- like, who is Cecily? What is Tessa? What is Will's deal?
While I am still totally torn between Will and Jem (this series contains, by far, the epitome of a successful love triangle), I must admit that I actually preferred the DSBS- the Dirty Sexy Bedroom Scene (NOT the Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene, though that scene wasn't terrible by any means ;) ). I think why I preferred this scene over the other was because it was so unexpected- seriously, I didn't know that that male character had it in him!
All in all, this is by far one of the best sequels I can ever recall reading- while this book was admittedly less action-packed than its predecessor not once did I find myself growing bored with it (all of the twists and turns in this book more than made up for the lack of action)- I was engaged (and on the edge of my seat) the entire time while reading it. Not only can I not wait for "Clockwork Princess", but I cannot wait to reread this book!
Memorable lines form the book:
"She couldn't have been named something awful, could she, like Mildred. He couldn't imagine lying awake at night, staring up at the ceiling while invisible voices whispered "Mildred" in his ears- but Tessa-" (pg. 42).
"Perhaps she's a girl who's fallen madly in love with me and persists in following me wherever I go."
"My talent is shape-shifting, Will, not acting" (pg. 87).
"Jem is what I have allowed myself" (pg. 145).
"If I were another man, a normal man, I might have hopes; presumptions even; I might-" (pg. 201).
"I think I may be in love with you, Sophie... Marriage could be in the cards" (pg. 255).
"I saw someone familiar chasing a blue demon across the parkland with an air of determination" (pg. 338).
"By the Angel," he said, "Perhaps we do need a chaperon" (pg. 344).