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Two hundred pages or so in, I have found one thing is better than (or as good as) Clare’s Shadowhunter universe in the original Mortal Instruments series: a Shadowhunter universe set in 1870s London, of course.
*Warning – there could be spoilers.
Will Herondale is likely Jace Wayland’s great grand-daddy. While Jace hasn’t inherited Will’s dark hair and deep blue eyes, he’s sure got the ‘tude from his ancestor, folks. And if you’re a Jace fan, you know the ‘tude is everything.
Tessa has a love of novels and likens her “smooth brown hair” to Jane Eyre. She also survived hellish conditions at the hands of the Dark Sisters and took the Shadowhunter revelation in stride. Now that’s a YA heroine!
James “Jem” Carstairs has silver hair and silver eyes as compared to Mr. Jace Wayland’s gold (does Clare have a love of metallic boys or what?) and is a temperate foil to Will’s playful, sarcastic nature. Jem’s a mystery at this point of the novel, with a hidden illness. What could it be????
Obviously Tessa is poised to fall in love with either Will or Jem. I’m pretty far in the book, but so far there’s not a clear indication as to which boy she’s interested in. While she calls Will “beautiful” at first sight, they clash a little. Meanwhile, she seems very comfortable with Jem. Only time, and LOTS of reading, will tell.
The Dark House, where Tessa is imprisoned, is a little freaky and darker in tone than most of The Mortal Instruments – Will and Tessa stumble upon dead bodies and watch parts – which we later find are made into walking automatons with human parts. Yick!
Two words: MAGNUS BANE! The lovable bi-sexual warlock has been mentioned and should soon show up in Clockwork Angel. Eeek! Checking out Magnus more than 100 years prior to the original novels was one of the things I was most excited about – I’m sure he won’t disappoint.
Will has a major problem with the Lightwoods. We don’t know what it is yet, but it’s interesting to think that in a few years, their descendants will be parabatai. ; ) Speaking of things we don’t know about Will, there seems to be a darkness in his past that hasn’t been brought to the light – Daddy issues, perhaps? (Seems to be the trend with Herondales. Or Morgensterns.)
I find it extremely interesting to experience the Shadowhunter world from a Downworlder’s POV. While Tessa didn’t know she had a hidden power, she’s still technically a Downworlder just 10 years after the Accords. And how exactly will a romance between a Shadowhunter and Downworlder play out so soon after the cease-fire?
What is the deal with the clockwork angel? We quickly find out that Tessa’s clockwork angel necklace is a treasured heirloom from her mother, but does it mean more? My guess? Obviously, considering the book’s title.
Tessa’s power is AWESOME. A girl who can change herself into someone else at will is not something you read about every day. Unlike vampires. You can’t walk into Wal-Mart without seeing something vampire. Kudos to Clare!