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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Clockwork Angel, chapter 2 excerpt

We are so excited that Cassandra shared another excerpt from the Clockwork Angel. She posted this on her google group this afternoon and gave us permission to post it on Mundies. Thank you Cassandra.

An excerpt from Clockwork Angel, chapter two. Keep in mind that at
this early stage, excerpts are always subject to change.


The knob of the bedroom door turned; the door creaked open. In the
dimness, all Tessa could see was shadows as someone stepped into the
room. She lunged forward, swinging the heavy ceramic pitcher with all
her strength —

The shadowy figure moved, quick as a whip — but not quite quick
enough; the pitcher slammed into its outstretched arm before flying
from Tessa’s grasp to crash into the far wall. Broken crockery rained
down onto the floor as the intruder yelled in pain.
To Tessa's surprise, the yell was undeniably a masculine one. So was
the flood of cursing that followed it.

She backed away, then dashed for the door — but it had slammed shut
after the intruder, and tug as she would on the knob, it wouldn’t
budge. She spun around, just as bright light blazed through the room
as if the sun had risen.

Tessa blinked away the tears in her eyes — and stared.

There was a boy standing in front of her. He couldn’t have been much more
than a few years older than she was — seventeen or possibly eighteen.
He was dressed in what looked like workman’s clothes: a frayed black
jacket and trousers, and tough-looking boots. He wore no waistcoat,
but a a thick leather belt with a number of weapons hanging off it
circled his waist — daggers and folding knives and things that looked
like blades of ice.

In his right hand, he held what looked like a sort of stone — it was shining,
providing the light in the room that had nearly blinded Tessa. His
other hand — narrow and long-fingered — was bleeding where she had
gashed the back of it with her pitcher.

But that wasn’t what had made her stare. He had the most beautiful face she
had ever seen. Tangled black hair and eyes like blue glass. A scar
across his right cheek that somehow didn’t mar his looks but only
enhanced them. He looked like every fictional hero she’d ever imagined
in her head. Except she’d never imagined one of them cursing at her
while shaking their bleeding hand in an accusing fashion.

He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the cursing stopped.

“You cut me,” he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very ordinary.
He looked at his hand with critical interest. "Now, is that any way to
treat someone who's just trying to rescue you?"

"Rescue me?" Tessa echoed. She blinked at him. "Who *are* you?"

"Will," he said, and held out his bleeding hand. "Will Herondale."

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  1. So cool...I know I probably shouldn't say this but he does remind me of Jace.

  2. I bet he is Jace's ancestor.

  3. I agree with both of you!! I loved this!!

  4. he is sooo related to jace

  5. *sigh* They're always named Will...

    Very intriguing! Loved it.

  6. Im really liking the different turn Cassie has taken in her writing. She has always been amazing but continues to get better!
    Cant wait for this!

  7. Mhmmm. Better and better and better.

  8. I have become such a fan of her love love it.

  9. i am totally inlove with her books and i cant wait for more!! I think its great shes using family names we have already heard of, so in a way it links up with the mortal instruments.

  10. herondale. duh. he IS related to Jace.

  11. well he might be related to jace but dont you guys think that he has alec's looks i mean because the way he's describe

  12. I can't wait to read this one! He has to be related to Jace!

  13. Omg Herondale, Jace's great great grandaddy!!! I'm super excited, I hear Magnus Bane will be in this book. I <3 <3 <3 Magnus!!!!!

  14. If Will is related to Jace then it just makes everything better! Jace is hott and Will sounds hott! Excited! Cant wait.

  15. Will is related to Jace because Jace is a Herondale

  16. This is just a guess, but i don't think that Will and Tessa are going to go out or be together or whatever because that would be too similar to the mortal instruments.

  17. Will is just Jace in a British form, EEEE!!! so excited!!1