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  Booklist Review

In the eagerly awaited sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010), Charlotte's leadership of the Institute is challenged by a rival Nephilim faction. With only two weeks to locate the sworn enemy of all Shadowhunters the Magister Will, Jem, and Tessa follow clues that lead to shocking discoveries, betrayal, and terrible danger. Tessa continues to agonize over who or what she is, even as her brother Nate reveals who she is not. Clare's intricate plotting propels the pace, as does the ongoing tension of Tessa's conflicted attraction to both Jem and Will. Steampunk purists will find only a modicum of clockwork gadgets, but fear not there's plenty of steam. Tessa's virginity is twice saved by timely (or untimely) interruptions, raising the stakes in the Team Will or Team Jem debate. Fans of the series will revel in another compulsively readable concoction ladled with dollops of Victorian atmosphere, romance, and gorgeous characters, while humorous dialogue rescues the prose from melodrama. Clare once again raises more questions than she answers, but a cliff-hanger ending will leave readers panting for the next installment in the Infernal Devices series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Clare's already long arms will reach everywhere with this book: tours, advertising, social network outreach, interactive websites, and more. Stock up.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. There's betrayal, mayhem and clockwork monstrosities, and the Shadowhunters have only two weeks to discover--oh, who are we kidding? The plot is only surprisingly tasty icing on this cupcake of a melodramatic love triangle. Our heroes are Tessa, who may or may not be a warlock, and the beautiful Shadowhunter warrior boys who are moths to her forbidden flame. It's not always clear why Tessa prefers Will to his beloved (and only) friend Jem, the dying, silver-eyed, biracial sweetheart with the face of an angel. Jem, after all, is gentle and kind, her dearest confidante; Will is unpleasant to everyone around him. But poor, wretched Will--who "would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular"--has a deep, dark, thoroughly emo secret. His trauma puts all previous romantic difficulties to shame, from the Capulet/Montague feud all the way to Edward Cullen's desire to chomp on Bella Swan. Somehow there's room for an interesting steampunk mystery amid all this angst. The supporting characters (unusually well-developed for a love-triangle romance) include multiple compelling young women who show strength in myriad ways. So what if there are anachronisms, character inconsistencies and weird tonal slips? There's too much overwrought fun to care. A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.<br> <br> In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street--and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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?<br> <br> 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.
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