Monday, December 19, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry.
Pages: 502.
Source: Publisher.
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.

Clockwork Prince is a satisfying follow-up to Clockwork Angel, easily matching all of the intensity and drama and action of the first in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments. Everything I love about Cassandra Clare's world of Shadowhunters and evil creatures is back in full force.

I feel like this book was more emotionally involving than Clockwork Angel, revolving more around betrayals and relationships than the usual high-adrenaline battle scenes. I actually really loved the change of pace and seeing a softer side of the residents of the Institute, mainly Will and Henry. After this book, I have a new understanding and adoration for both characters.

But even though this sequel is softer than it's predecessor, all of that kick-ass action was still very much present. The ending fight scene ... pure epicness. Cassandra Clare has this way of getting me all riled up and screaming out cheers, like when I'm watching Hugh Jackman fight vampires and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde and other creatures in Van Helsing. (It's embarrassing, really)

My only problem I had with this book is the love triangle. I've sort of come to hate them, to be honest, but lately, they're rarely an issue to where I'm compelled to mention them in a review. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for this one. I would physically cringe every time Tessa had a romantic scene because it was absolutely frustrating to me. I felt like all of this chemistry was built up with Will in the first book, but most of it was suddenly tore down to make way for Jem, who to me, kind of came out of nowhere. And Tessa's decision at the end really, really aggravated me. The entire romantic aspect with Will/Tessa/Jem just got on my nerves because it was so back and forth and random that I'd really prefer if there was no romance between them at all. (Which is saying something because I was hardcore Team Will for Clockwork Angel) But at least there was the sweet relationships between Charlotte/Henry and Sophie/adorable brother-of-someone-who-I-shall-not-spoil to keep from completely ruining the love for me.

Overall, even my extreme dislike for the love triangle can't deter me from my devotion to the Shadowhunters and their stories. I really did love Clockwork Prince and I'm positively twitching with impatience for Clockwork Princess and more clockwork creature ass-kicking!

Other reviews for Clockwork Prince:
Katie's Book Blog.
Planet Print.
Serendipity Reviews.
Demons Read Too.


  1. I am crazy about Cassandra Clare's books. She never makes love easy for her characters does she?? I remember being so angry when I finished City of Bones, but in the end, it made the series better I think.

  2. Wonderful review! I'm still making my way through the Mortal Instruments series before I hit the Infernal Devices!

    Love triangles never really interested me that much, and really put me off in books like the House of Night novels.

    I enjoy Cassie Claire's descriptions and action scenes. They are pure entertainment! Glad you enjoyed this books, I can't wait to dive into them myself! :D