Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Published by: Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Steampunk
Date Read: 04/06/2014
In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray 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 for the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa’s heart is increasingly torn, especially when one of their own betrays them…
Clockwork Prince is book two in The Infernal Devices series. The book is set in the magical underworld of London during the 1800’s. The book continues on from where the previous book, Clockwork Angel, left off.
I thoroughly enjoyed this instalment of The Infernal Devices. Jem and Will are amazing characters and Tessa really has her work cut out for her choosing between the two men in her life.
Benedict Lightwood challenges Charlotte’s management of the Institute and the Council tasks Charlotte with finding the missing mage, Mortmain. He says that a woman can’t lead like a man and that he would be better to lead it. So Charlotte’s little group of shadowhunters has two weeks to find the Magister and stop him from building an army. Of course Charlotte is the brains and Tessa, Jem and Will do all the actual legwork. Off here and there in search of Mortmain’s past to determine where he might be hiding. But the personal things between Jem, Tessa and Will really pulls this book together.
The character of Tessa was severely strong ever since the beginning of the first book, but she gets stronger still as she delves further into the shadow world in hopes of finding out more about herself and the plans of the cruel and malicious Magister. I love these characters. I love the chemistry and the forbiddance of half of their relationships.
The love triangle in this instalment becomes even more pronounced as now both Jem and Will want to be with Tessa. However this is made all the more complicated as Will refuses to admit his feelings to her and tries to push her away, and Jem doesn’t want to saddle Tessa with his illness and the fact that he may not live much longer.
Clockwork Prince is different from Clockwork Angel in many ways. For starters, it contains more romance. Furthermore, secrets are revealed. Many of them. The pacing is slower and the focus is sharp on the characters and less so on the actual plot.
In this instalment we learn more about the London Institute and the current heads of the Clave. We also get to meet Gideon, Gabriel Lightwood’s older brother as he starts to train the Institutes maid, Sophie while Gabriel trains Tessa. We get to see more about the history of the Lightwood and Fairchild families and why Benedict Lightwood hates Charlotte so much.
Cassandra Clare has a way of telling a story and making you feel bad for someone that usually you wouldn’t have. She makes an impossible situation seem completely plausible when she wants it to and she makes you feel hopeless when she wants you to.
This book has a lot of action, romance, heartbreak, mystery, betrayal, and so much more. I love how the mystery of Mortmain slowly unravels in this book. There is so much emotion in this book. Like the first book, this one reminds me over and over again why I love the characters so much.