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Published:December 3rd, 2010 01:23 EST
All New Book Review for the Audiobook: The Clockwork Angel

All New Book Review for the Audiobook: The Clockwork Angel

By Tony Graff

I picked up the audiobook for Cassandra Clare`s novel, The Clockwork Angel, solely for the cover. Being an avid fan of the steampunk/ alternate history genre, it stood out to me. Having found the Mortal Instruments, an earlier series by the same author, a little too long a read for me, I was apprehensive to listening to 12 CDs of more of the same kind of writing. 

The story picks up with the main character, Tessa Grey, crossing the ocean from her beloved home in New York to meet with her brother in London. When she gets there, she is met not by her brother, but by two sisters who claim to know her. They present a letter saying they are landlords, and are to bring her to the house. 

The two women, lovingly called the Dark sisters, are harsh to her, and force her to use her unique ability of shape-shifting at their beck and call. After months of this treatment, she is decisively about to leave when a hero, of sorts, crashes her new, uglier view of life... literally. His name is Will, and a Shadowhunter, and he has been sent to that house to help her escape and reach the London Institute for Shadowhunters. 

It`s kind of obvious from the beginning that Will is a major love interest, but there is another person introduced that places Tessa in a love triangle to rival the Twilight Saga. Then a real vampire shows up. No, really, a vampire. She has information concerning Tessa`s lost brother, as well as a mysterious Magister whom the Dark Sisters had frequently referenced but kept as vague as possible. With all the vampire hype going on as it is, I was ready to stop listening at that very moment. Thankfully I didn`t, and The Clockwork Angel redeemed itself by how vampire society introduces itself. 

If anyone is ever confused about vampires and who they really are, the party at deQuincy`s mansion is the most accurate I have ever read on the living impaired. Everything about that is accurate to the vampire/ human roles that built vampires to the awe-inspiring genre that popular media now turns into a romantic overload. 

While some of the characters mirror those in the Mortal Instruments series too much, The Clockwork Angel is definitely worth reading. The audiobook, read by Jennifer Ehle, was an enjoyable experience as well. Her experience and voice brought many of the characters to life and added a sense of reality to the novel.