Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

clockwork_angel_1Information: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare was published in 2010 by Simon and Schuster. ISBN: 1416975861

Plot Summary: As a prequel to the Mortal Instrument Series, Tessa Gray goes into the supernatural world of London of 1878, in order to search for her missing brother. After stumbling upon a series of dark supernatural creatures, Tessa can only find safe haven with the Shadowhunters of London. While two Shadowhunters, Will and Jem try to help her find her missing brother, the three of them stumble upon the Pandemonium Club. The Club is full of dark supernatural creatures and humans that have magically spelled clockwork creatures. They plan to use this army to overthrow the British Empire. Now Tessa, along with Will and Jem, are the only ones who know enough to stop them.

Critical Evaluation: Clockwork Angel is a fast paced read, geared for those who want to get lost in a supernatural world. Clare has mashed together the right amount of history and science to make a wonderful steampunk world come to life. The story has three very dynamic characters, drawing in the attention of the reader and propelling the story forward into a wonderful beginning of a trilogy.

Reader’s Annotation: While searching for her missing brother, Tessa stumbles upon the Shadowhunter world. Now Tessa is the key to stopping a magical clockwork army from overthrowing the British Empire.

Author’s Information: Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts (Goodreads).

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Steampunk

Curriculum Ties: (Florida State Curriculum Standards): Understanding Key Literary Ideas

Book Talk Ideas:

  • Tessa gradually uncovers information about herself and her powers, but she still knows very little about why she was “created.” Why is it important to her and to the Shadowhunters to find out? How does Tessa’s view of herself change over the course of the story?
  • Why are books so important to Tessa? What do they add to her life? Do the Shadowhunters have things in their life that serve this same purpose?

Reading Level/ Age InterestGrades 9-12 and Ages 14-18

Challenge Issues: Violence, Language, Drug Use

Challenge Defense File:

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Clare, C. (2010). Clockwork Angel. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster. Clockwork Angel is a part of an already established and well love series involving the Shadowhunters. This thrilling read is just another piece of the mysterious Shadowhunter world set up by Clare. It combines a love of vintage and history with a supernatural story.

Other recommendations like this book include: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead, Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick, and White Cat by Holly Black.

Active Listening Skills

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  • Listen thoughtfully and carefully to any arguments for the collection
  • Engage in a discussion that considers every concern, even if you do not agree


  • RITA Award by Romance Writers of America Nominee for Young Adult Romance (2011)
  • Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award (RT Award) Nominee for Best Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy Novel (2010)
  • The Inky Awards for Silver Inky (2011)
  • Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2013)

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Why I chose this book:

I chose this book because of its historical background to the already well established Mortal Instruments series. I also think the Steampunk vibe is write on trend with what’s popular these days.


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