Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Reading level: YA
Genre: Paranormal / Steampunk
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: December 6, 2011
Series: Infernal Devices #2
Source: ARC from S&S Canada
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, but 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.
Shadowhunters might have won a battle against The Magister, but the war is far from being over. With everything that’s happened in the first installment, Clockwork Angel, Charlotte’s authority is challenged and if she wants to remain head of the Institute, she will have to stop their number one enemy within two weeks. This challenge will indeed become a group effort as Jem, Will, Tessa and their friends will do their best to capture the culprit, while dealing with issues of their own.
Let me start with a bold statement. Clockwork Prince is my favorite book so far by Cassandra Clare and I think I might like the Infernal Devices even more than the Mortal Instruments. Clockwork Prince was amazing for so many reasons, I’m gonna try my best to share it all with you, while keeping this review spoilers free, as usual.
First, I’m a sucker for the Victorian steampunk world Cassie created for us. It always feels authentic down to the little details and I can only tip my metaphorical hat to her.
The plot wasn’t the main reason for this novel’s amazingness but it was rather good. All the characters are chasing The Magister and many surprises awaits them along the road, but the smaller subplots were more interesting. We’ll discover the reason between the relationship between Will and Magnus, we’ll learn more about the former’s past, the love triangle between Jem-Tessa-Will will reach new skies, and so much more!
The best part though, is first and foremost, the characters! We get to see the real Will behind the act and that would’ve been enough to seal the deal for me, but there’s more! Magnus is incredible, I’m in love with the guy, to bad I’m already married. Charlotte and Henry made me cry at one point, who would’ve thought this possible? Allies we thaught were trustable will turn their back on us, ripping to shreds a dynamic we were used to and as I mentioned before, the love triangle between our heroes will evolve in a way I never would’ve predicted.
The whole book emotions are running wild and the characters will be naked (figuratively speaking of course!) under its harsh spotlight. Layers of lies were shredded leaving only the ugly, or-not-so-ugly, truth bare for everyone to see and judge. This epic adventure was awesome in so many ways that I’m seriously wondering how Cassandra Clare will manage to do better with Clockwork Princess.
If you haven’t picked this series yet (and you don’t need to read Mortal instruments first) I’m urging you to do so because it’s a delight! Action-packed, full of mysteries and blessed with stunning characters, The Infernal Devices are worth every minute you’ll spend reading and will leave you begging for more!