I love Victorian London, to the point where I wish I could live in that time. Clockwork Angel gives me that chance! The descriptions are so vivid, making you feel like you were suck back into his portal to live the real deal. I know Clare did a years worth of researching for this series and it's very evident in her books.
One other thing I loved about Clockwork Angel is it's characters. I loved Jace and the gang in The Mortal Instruments and so I worried that the new Shadowhunters wouldn't live up to them. I was wrong. They are brillant and dare I say more dark and tortured than the guys from TMI?
I've noticed that a lot in this book. There's demons and blood and guts in TMI, but in Clockwork Angel I feel like it's darker and more descriptive. There's more fighting and more deaths in this one. And lots and lots of blood.
Even the characters are darker. Will and Jem are both examples of this. Will is arrogant and says things to make him look worse than he really is. He is brooding and rude and sometimes completely unbearable. On the other hand, Jem has his own curse to deal with. His illness evokes sympathy from its readers because there is no doubt that he is suffering on a daily basis. Both men are tortured by their past. It's just that Jem is more optimistic about the future.
Nevertheless, Clare does an amazing job with world-building and character development. I'm so jealous of her writing ability. Please let Clockwork Prince come out sooner!
"Are you highly intoxicated at the moment?" Tessa meant the question in all seriousness, bu realized the moment the words were out of her mouth that she must have sounded awfully rude - or worse, flirtatious. he seemed too steady on his feet to really be drunk, anyway. She'd seen nate intoxicated enough times to know the difference. Perhaps he was merely insane.
"How very direct, but I suppose all your Americans are, aren't you?" The boy looked amused. "Yes, your accent gives you away. What's your name, then?"
Tessa looked at him in disbelief. "What's my name?"
"Don't you know it?"