Thursday, January 5, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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. (from GoodReads)

After reading Clockwork Prince, I've come to the conclusion that I might like The Infernal Devices better than The Mortal Instruments. I'm not sure if it's because it's newer and therefore novel or if it's because I just read it recently, but the fact that it's historical fiction gives it a few extra points in my book. I also think I like Tessa better than Clary and some of the secondary characters are more likable than those in The Mortal Instruments. I still love The Mortal Instruments with all my heart, but the fact that Cassandra Clare can make me like something else even more shows how good of a writer she is.

Clockwork Prince picks up pretty much right where it left off. The Clave is still on the search for Mortmain and it's obvious that this is the middle book of the trilogy because there is a lot of build-up for the big clash that will eventually happen. Tessa, Will and Jem do some investigating and there are some secrets that are uncovered and new information is brought to life, which keeps the suspense going. There are still things the readers don't know, like how Tessa was created, and I can't wait to find out in the next installment.

I've noticed that I really like Cassandra Clare's writing style and specifically her use of third person narration that switches points-of-view. The novel is mainly told through Tessa's eyes, but occasionally the reader will follow around another character and get a look into their heads. Since the book is third-person, we're not actually switching POVs so the story is more seamless and not choppy.

A big, huge part of Clockwork Prince is the romance, which I know everyone loves. The romance in this story will break your heart, especially in regards to Will. I don't want to give anything away, but my heart was melting for Will. The ending was so upsetting and even fans of Jem will get a little teary-eyed. Even though I am Team Will, I still liked getting to know Jem better because he is a great character. He has a lot more page time than in Clockwork Angel, which is nice.

Overall, I absolutely loved Clockwork Prince. It was very well-written and a wonderful addition to the Shadowhunter world. I don't know how I'm going to wait for Clockwork Princess, especially since I've seen two release dates for it: Dec 2012 and Sept 2013. I better not have to wait longer than a year!!!!

Rating: 10 out 0f 10.
FTC: Christmas gift.

2011/Margaret K. McElderry Books/502 pages.

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