The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
I am beyond ecstatic to be reviewing this trilogy on my blog. If you’ve been following me long enough, you probably are already aware of my TID and Will Herondale obsession. Ever since I started reading the trilogy, I’ve read it once a year and I’m collecting copies of the books. I currently have the US hardcovers, US paperbacks, and graphic novels for all three. I have the UK paperback of Clockwork Prince and working on getting the other two. Plus, if you haven’t heard, there will be new — and absolutely gorgeous — covers for the trilogy coming out on September. I even have Tessa’s necklace and a Herondale ring! Anyway, let’s move onto my really review.
I actually don’t have an original review for this book because I first read it, I didn’t have this book nor did I write reviews on Goodreads. This is the 4th time I’ve read this book and it’s still just as good. However, I am seeing that, for me, the trilogy gets better and better as it progresses. All I know is that if I had written a review for it 3 years ago, it would have been this incoherent mess and I would’ve been embarrassed. I was introduced to this trilogy after reading the first 3 books of The Mortal Instruments. Back then, I was in love with TMI but after reading Clockwork Angel, I no longer felt the same way.
I instantly fell in love with Will Herondale. He reminded me of Jace and I felt that Will had a reason for acting the way that he did. There’s something dark in him that’s hard to love but I couldn’t help but love him. He was hilarious, witty, strong, dashingly handsome, and a wonderfully adept fighter. I enjoyed Tessa’s character as well. She was confident, strong, and loving. Aside from the fact that they were both bookworms, I felt a strong connection to them. I saw a lot of myself in both of the characters and it’s probably what drew them to me. I liked Jem well enough. He wasn’t my favorite. I think he’s too kind and I don’t really have much to say about him (ahh, don’t hate me, please). I thought the characters were very well written and complex, much more so than in TMI.
I loved the plot! It was fantastically written and executed. It was entertaining and fun but at the same time, very serious. There were great plot twists that I didn’t see coming and they kept me on my toes! Even reading it now, some things still surprise me. The writing makes it easy to read and the pace keeps you from getting bored. I obviously enjoyed the concept especially coming from TMI. I enjoyed seeing descendants of the characters we met in TMI. What I loved even more than TMI was the time period that TID was set in. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy! You will be entertained.
These covers on the left are the covers for the September release and the graphic novel, respectively. The graphic novel is just as good and seeing the book sort of come to life with the images. It does leave out certain details since there are no descriptions, only dialogue. It was still a lot of fun to read! I highly recommend.