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Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Infernal Devices (Book 2)

Publication DateDecember 6, 2011

FormatHardcover, 502 Pages

ISBN-101416975888 (Simon Pulse)

ISBN-13: 978-1416975885 (Simon Pulse)

Reviewed byBridget

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty:  This a YA Paranormal book that has everything: action, romance, betrayal, love triangle, and a wonderful story that will leave you wanting more.  Anyone that enjoys a paranormal book will love all of Cassandra Clare books.

Opening Sentence: The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Clockwork Prince is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy.  Set in London in the 1800s we follow the lives of all the people that live in the shadowhunters Institute.  The London Shadowhunters have been issued a Challenge to find the Magister in two weeks or another Showhunter will be given control of the Institute. The book is told from two points of view: Tessa and Will.

Tessa never knew she was a warlock till she came to London to find her brother. All warlocks have a mark identifying them, but Tessa’s seems to be missing.  All warlocks have a special ability and Tessa is a shapeshifter.  She can become anyone as long as she has something that belongs to the person she is impersonating.  She has escaped the Magister for now and is safe at the Institute, but for how long. If they can’t find the Magister in two weeks she will be kicked out by the new shadowhunter taking control.  She has so many questions about her past and who she really is, who her parents really are, what the Magister wants with her, and what boy does she truly love.

Will is a tormented young shadowhunter with a secret.  No one knows why Will is always so distant and pushes everyone away.  He has been cursed and is looking for a cure, but will he find one in time to salvage the mess he has made with his life.  Can he rebuild the relationships that he has tried so hard to destroy?

Tessa is a great heroine.  She has no problem stepping up to the plate and doing her part in finding the answers that she wants.  I love getting to learn more about her and how she came to be.  She grows and learns a lot in this book which help you to connect more to her as a character. She has some tough decisions to make but she is constant and sticks to her decisions which I like.  She is also very forgiving which can be really hard at times to do and I love that about her.  I have to admit, I don’t envy her when it comes to choosing between Will and Jem.  I honestly don’t know who I would pick, I love both of them.

Will is that boy that is a mystery to everyone that meets him.  He is about as gorgeous as they come in the looks department, and an amazing fighter.  He is best friends with Jem and secretly in Love with Tessa. I love that we get to hear from Wills point of view in this book.  We get to learn so much more about his history and it makes you love him even more.  I love his dark attitude, but we get to see his sweet side as well.  His love for Tessa is so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time.  He is a great character and totally swoon worthy!

Jem is also a shadowhunter living in the institute.  At a young age he was cursed by a demon, and the curse is slowly killing him.  There is no cure that they know of, but he takes drugs that help delay the inevitable in hopes of finding a cure.  He is such a great person that you just can’t help but love.  He is totally devoted to Will even though he can be a jerk at times, and he is so sweet to Tessa.  He is just one of those characters that you connect with because he always seems to be there when you need him.  We get to see so much more of him in this book and you get to fall more in love with him.

I don’t generally include the villain in a lot of detail in my reviews but this villain deserves a paragraph about him.  First off, I love his name: The Magister.  It just sounds totally evil and epic.  I love a villain that is evil and you totally hate, but at the same time you actually understand them. Throughout Clockwork Prince we get to see glimpses of The Magister’s life and some of the sorrow and pain he went through to become the hateful, evil person he is now.  I love that I can understand him and connect to him even though he is the villain.

Cassandra Clare has done it again.  I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel, but I loved Clockwork Prince.  I mean seriously, how can you go wrong with London in the 1800s and Demon hunters!!!!  The world that Clare creates is beautiful and magical.  There is such a good mix of action, sorrow, mystery, suspense, and some steamy romance.  I love everything about this book and I can’t wait for Clockwork Princess to be released.  This series is also great for either gender.  I recommended it to my husband and he also really enjoyed it.

Notable Scene:

He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word. “ I have wanted to do this,” he said, “every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you. But you know that. You must know that. Don’t you?’

She looked up at him, lips parted in bewilderment. “Know what?” she said, and Will, with a sigh of something like defeat, kissed her.

Infernal Devices Series:

1. Clockwork Angel

2. Clockwork Prince

3. Clockwork Princess (March 19, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of Clockwork Prince. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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