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THE INFERNAL DEVICES

• Book One •

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel
Also by Cassandra Clare
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS:

City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass

MARGARET K. MCELDERRY BOOKS An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New Y New Y 10020 ork, ork www.SimonandSchuster.com This book is a work of fiction. Any references tohistorical events, real people, or real locales are used fictitiously. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. Copyright © 2010 by Cassandra Claire, LLC All rights reserved, including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form.MARGARET K. MCELDERRY BOOKS is a trademark of Simon & Schuster, Inc. For information about special discounts for bulk purchases, please contact Simon & Schuster Special Sales at 1-866-506-1949 or business@simonandschuster.com. The Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau can bring authors to your live event. For more information or to book an event, contact the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau at 1-866-248-3049or visit our website at www.simonspeakers.com. Book design by Mike Rosamilia The text for this book is set in Dolly. Manufactured in the United States of America 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Clare, Cassandra. Clockwork angel / Cassandra Clare.—1st ed.

p. cm.—(The infernal devices ; bk. 1) Summary: When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray’s olderbrother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. ISBN 978-1-4169-7586-1 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4424-0946-0 (eBook) [1. Supernatural—Fiction. 2.Demonology—Fiction. 3. Orphans—Fiction. 4. Secret societies—Fiction. 5. London (England)—History—19th century—Fiction. 6. Great Britain—History—Victoria, 1837–1901—Fiction.] I. Title. PZ7.C5265Cl 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010008616

For Jim and Kate

Thames River Song A note of salt slips in and the river rises, darkening to the color of tea, swelling to meet the green. Above its banks the cogs and wheelsof monstrous machines clank and spin, the ghost within vanishes into its coils, whispering mysteries. Each tiny golden cog has teeth, each great wheel moves a pair of hands which take the water from the river, devour it, convert it into steam, coerce the great machine to run on the force of its dissolution. Gently, the tide is rising, corrupting the mechanism. Salt, rust and silt slowing the gears.Down at the banks the iron tanks sway into their moorings with the hollow boom of a gigantic bell, of drum and cannon which cry out in a tongue of thunder and the river rolls under.
—Elka Cloke

THE INFERNAL DEVICES

• Book One •

Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Angel

PROLOGUE
London, April 1878. The demon exploded in a shower of ichor and guts. William Herondale jerked back the daggerhe was holding, but it was too late. The viscous acid of the demon’s blood had already begun to eat away at the shining blade. He swore and tossed the weapon aside; it landed in a filthy puddle and commenced smoldering like a doused match. The demon itself, of course, had vanished—dispatched back to whatever hellish world it had come from, though not without leaving a mess behind. “Jem!” Willcalled, turning around. “Where are you? Did you see that? Killed it with one blow! Not bad, eh?” But there was no answer to Will’s shout; his hunting partner had been standing behind him in the damp and crooked street a few moments before, guarding his back, Will was positive, but now Will was alone in the shadows. He frowned in annoyance—it was much less fun showing off without Jem to show off to....
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