Oct 19, 2011

Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
(The Infernal Devices, #2)
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; 497 pages

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will; the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

Whether you’re reading The Mortal Instruments (I’m a Simon girl) or The Infernal Devices (Jem, without a doubt) it seems the fandom(s) are split on which “team” they side with. Well, if you’re on Jem’s team for TID then you’re going to be extremely pleased with CLOCKWORK PRINCE. He graces the cover and he graces many of the pages between the cover.

We pick up not too long after CLOCKWORK ANGEL ends but the friendship between Jem and Tessa has grown in strength. Jem has accompanied Tessa all around London, as a tour guide, if you will. Through that and the absence of Will Herondale, Jem is the one Tessa has come to rely on and count on.

I’ve written this review many times because it’s so hard to talk about this book without spoiling anything. There’s so much in this book that I wasn’t expecting, I even dropped the book at one point I was so shocked. As a Magnus fan, we get to see a lot of him – and a lot of him associating with Will, which is exciting.

CLOCKWORK PRINCE is filled with far more humor than I found in CLOCKWORK ANGEL. I found myself laughing a lot, which is always a good thing when reading a book. You want to feel connected to the characters but you also want them to be able to make you laugh, and Cassandra Clare does a fantastic job with this.

The characters are so strong in this book. We meet Gideon Lightwood for the first time and I’ll just say, he’s nothing like Gabriel. Gideon has become one of my favorite characters! The Lightwoods play a huge part in this book, and it’s so weird seeing this side of the Lightwood family, after getting the opposite from them in the Mortal Instruments series. How they’ve gotten better over the decades! They’re all so different, all of these characters but she makes them mesh well, perfectly.

Let me say this, in my opinion (please don’t yell at me) I really really REALLY hated Will in CLOCKWORK ANGEL. I normally don’t hate a main character who is also a love interest in most novels but did I despise him. Now, before you start throwing things at me I want to change my opinion. You cannot sway me from loving Jem the way I do but I will say this: by the end of CLOCKWORK PRINCE I have come to like Will.

The biggest shock in this book was Jessie. I really shouldn’t have been shocked but I really was. I can’t really say more than that without giving anything away.

This book was an absolutely joy to read. I was so excited for this book and it never disappointed, not even once. In fact, it actually shocked me on more than one occasion. Shocked me so much that I actually dropped the book and lost my place.

If you’re a fan of Cassandra Clare than I already know you’ll be reading this. So I recommend this series to anyone who is looking for an amazing series, set in a time period so much different than what we live in (The late 1800’s to be exact) with phenomenal characters and a strong story line.

Wo ai ni, James Carstairs.


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