Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince
(The Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: December 6th, 2011
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Pages: 502
ISBN: 9781416975885

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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. (Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare has done it again with Clockwork Prince, the much anticipated follow up to Clockwork Angel. I adore this series, and was so glad to finally get my copy to read. It was a wonderfully addictive read.

I enjoyed the main character, Tessa, as much in this book as I did in Clockwork Angel. She’s a very strong character, and pretty determined to take care of herself. I love main characters like that. I did find her to be a little bit indecisive in the book, and as much as I tried to point her in the right direction, (towards a certain someone), she didn’t really listen to me. ::Sigh::

The guys in the book are all great; I really like both Will and Jem. I have to say Jem really grew on me more in this book than he did in the previous book. However, Will is the one that has stolen my heart. He reminds me so much of Jace. In Clockwork Prince, we get to find out exactly why he acts the way does, and let me tell you, it’s a pretty heartbreaking story. In the words of my good blogger friend Vy, I will always be forever Team Will!

Most of the characters in the story are the same, although we do get to meet a few new secondary characters. I found all of the new characters to be interesting in their own way. A lot of the original characters are still in the story; Charlotte, Henry, etc. The one character that was surprisingly absent throughout the book was the evil Mortmain. I’m assuming we will be seeing a lot of him soon!

The one thing in the book that I could have lived without was the love triangle. I definitely wanted Tessa to go a certain way, and it just wasn’t happening. This really frustrated me. I do, however, realize that if the story went the way I wanted it to, then it probably wouldn’t be a very long series!

Overall, I loved this book. I love this SERIES! Cassandra Clare is such an amazing storyteller, and I just can’t get enough of her books. You definitely get your money’s worth when you invest in her books. Great story, a must read!

Happy Reading!


  1. I adore Will as well. His whole story is heart breaking and I really want him to have some happiness.

    Jem is equally heartbreaking and I want him to be happy too. haha, I think it's safe to say this isn't going to end well for everyone.

    I am dying to great Clockwork Prince. I am anxious to see what Mortmain has been up to since he wasn't around a lot.

    How cute were Charlotte and Henry?!

    Great review.

  2. I seem to be the only person who hasn't read this already. I would love to know more about Jem in this one, but I really do hope that Tessa ends up with Will in Clockwork Princess!

  3. Oh I would be SO content with just Tessa and Will. This love triangle is messing with my head. I love Will more than Jem but...how can you tell that vulnerable boy to go away? :( Great review!

  4. Team Will!!! It's funny, I was Team Jem after CLOCKWORK ANGEL because I thought Will was unnecessarily mean, but after reading CLOCKWORK PRINCE, I'm totally Team Will. He was just precious. I'm pretty sure I cried at the end of the book. lol

  5. What frustrated me so much about this is that I absolutely LOVE this love triangle. :D Usually I tend to hate one of the boys, but I love Will and Jem and don't want either of them to be hurt. But at the same time I think Tessa needs to end up with Will. :D

    Great review. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

  6. I am seeing so much love for this book lately (well DUH, Brodie. The series is huge!) and it's seriously making me consider going back to give CA another try. Because clearly I'm missing out on something! CP sounds like a standout installment to the series, great review!

  7. I feel like I'm the only one who hasn't read any of these books! But I'm glad to know that you enjoyed this one so much! Thanks for the review!

  8. Isn't C.C. all about the love triangle? I'm not an obsessive fan (meaning I don't really remember the books until I start reading the next one) but I did enjoy her first clockwork book. This sounds like one I'll have to check out.


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