Friday, July 28, 2017

Teen review: Urban fantasy

The Infernal Devices trilogy:
Clockwork Angel, 481 pages
Clockwork Prince, 502 pages
Clockwork Princess, 567 pages
by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by E. C.

I chose to end my summer reading with this series. It is the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series, which I know a lot of people like, but in this case I think the prequel series is actually better. It takes place in Victorian England, where Tessa, the protagonist, has just traveled from New York, having been sent for by her brother, Nate. But instead, she is taken (not kidnapped, you'll see) by two warlocks, the Dark Sisters, who keep her for weeks, trying to unlock her previously unknown and apparently invaluable power, so that she will be prepared to marry someone called the Magister. After almost succeeding in escaping on her own, Tessa is rescued by the London Shadowhunters (demon hunters, protectors of humans, or "mundanes"). She agrees to use her power to help them against the Magister's sinister cause if they will in turn find her brother. But her world is quickly turned upside down.

What I enjoyed most about the series was the characters. Like characters should be, they are realistic in their actions, complexities, and shortcomings - as well as entertaining. In fact, one of the Shadowhunters is now among my Favorite Characters of All Time.

With regards to reading level, it is in middle school range (with the occasional need for a dictionary). With regards to the material,or content, the series is probably better suited to a high school reader. My rating: 5 out of 5. Enjoy!

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