“Sometimes the only choice is between acceptance and madness.”
_ Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
I thought Clockwork Angel was excellent and as much as I didn’t want to compare it to The Mortal Instruments…I did.
But, let’s answer the banner question: Do I need to read The Mortal Instruments to understand Clockwork Angel? No. In fact, unless you just want to read them, I would skip TMI. You just can’t have the “Hey! It the thing/person/place from the thing !” moments. Don’t worry, in my opinion, it’s a fair trade.