Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: December 6th 2011
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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.
Like my friend accurately predicted, Clockwork Prince gave me ALL THE FEELS. I was simultaneously heartbroken and happy and I wanted to throw my book at the wall but also hug it. Literally, it made me feel everything from frustration to giddy happiness.
The brilliance in Cassandra Clare’s writing will always be her ability to make me care so much about her characters. I especially gravitated towards her secondary characters like Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, Gideon and Gabriel. I loved Sophie more than Tessa but I am not sure if that’s a testament to how well Cassandra Clare developed her characters.
Tessa was mentally strong and kind but I never felt attached to her character and at times she was frustrating because I felt like she didn’t think things through. Saying that I loved Will and Jem is an understatement. Different sides to both characters were revealed, the vulnerability, strength and innocence that Will showed gave his character so much dept. I liked that I saw Jem’s desires, weakness and his perspectives on his life. I loved the brotherhood they shared, they’re both fiercely loyal to each other, and it surpassed everything to be my favourite aspect of the book.
However, a cruel love triangle comes into play and that’s where things got complicated. It was very frustrating and I would have enjoyed this series a lot more if Jem and Will had different love interests. That being said it added a lot of tension and anticipation even heart break hence THE FEELS. I’m not sure if I would have preferred being happy or totally tormented.
Unfortunately I didn’t care much for the plot. Mortmain and his clockwork creations weren’t very enthralling. It was interesting learning about Will’s past but I think the interactions between the characters overshadowed the actual storyline for me. I liked that Cassandra Clare heightened the steaminess of the romance in this book and she made her characters detailed so that they were memorable. The plot was like a soap filled with suspense, revenge, lust, deceit, scandal and romance but as the story unfolded it just wasn’t that thrilling for me.
There was a balance to the things I liked and disliked in this book and the ending absolutely gutted me. I think this is a lot better than the first book and definitely worth reading. I know I can’t wait for the third book but I’m also dreading it, I predict I’ll need tissues for Clockwork Princess.