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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Victorian vampire novel includes frequent battles with bloodshed, as well as talk of sacrificing humans and other beings. Also, people do get murdered. Although the violence is gory, it all takes place in a fantasy world that includes vampires, shape-shifters, and more.
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What's the story?
Set in the Victorian era, this story begins with Tessa moving from New York to London to live with her brother, Nate. Upon arrival, Tessa is disappointed to discover that Nate has sent two women to meet her in his place. Although Tessa is hesitant to go with the strange woman, she is persuaded and accompanies them to meet her brother. But her suspicions were correct: Tessa finds herself held hostage by the Dark Sisters, two warlocks who force Tessa to utilize a secret power that she never even knew she had: Shape shifting. She soon realizes that there is an amazing supernatural world beyond the mundane life that she is used to, a world made of vampires, shadowhunters, warlocks, and demons (not to mention the two supernaturally handsome men protecting her at all times). But will she be able to help the shadowhunters stop the evil Magister before he and his automatons take over the world?
Is it any good?
Clockwork Angel is a captivating novel that Twilight fans will enjoy sinking their teeth into. At the end of each chapter, the author dangles just enough information and action to keep the reader hooked. However, they may feel somewhat disappointed and dissatisfied by the book's conclusion, which leaves most of the mysteries unsolved -- an obvious ploy to get readers to buy the sequel.
Even so, the author succeeds in offering enchanting and diverse characters placed in a well-constructed Victorian London setting. Readers will find the characters' background -- each was orphaned as a young child, has a secret past, and struggles with identity and longing for home -- not only add to the mystery here, but also serve as a catalyst for thinking about themes of "otherness" and what it means to be exiled from a community.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence. This book has lots of gory battles -- but all the violence is set in a fantasy context. Does this make it easier to handle?
This is an example of steampunk, which Wikipedia defines as "a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history and speculative fiction that... involves an era of world where steam power is still widely used -- usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain -- [and] incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy." Leviathan and its sequel are other examples. Why do you think this genre is popular?
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