The Infernal Devices #2
by Cassandra Clare
Published on December 6, 2011 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
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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, but 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.
After having just finished books 1-4 of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series, I was excited to read Clockwork Prince (following a reread of Clockwork Angel, of course). In this sequel, Tessa and her friends are still under the threat of Mortmain and his clockwork army and have to prepare for whatever their enemies will throw at them.
First off, I absolutely love the characters. Tessa is a strong heroine who fends for herself, which is exactly the type of character I like to read about. My only complaint is she was somewhat indecisive throughout the story. I could have done without that (although I was definitely biased toward one of those wonderful Shadowhunter boys so perhaps that is why). Speaking of which…the guys. Will and Jem, brothers in all but blood, definitely make this series one of my new favorites. Like with the Mortal Instruments Series, I like the nice guy but love the troubled one. Jem and Simon can step aside because Jace and Will have been my choice from day one. The rest of the characters (Jessamine, Charlotte, Henry, and Magnus) came back for round two in Clockwork Prince as well and it was really nice to see them all develop while still remaining so multidimensional.
Although the characters stand out as the main reason for reading (and loving) this book, I do love the world Clare created: Victorian London with a paranormal twist. Getting to see a whole new set of Shadowhunters and their conflicts gave a whole new side to the world I read in the Mortal Instruments Series. Even in the late 1800s Shadowhunters kick butt with style.
I finished Clockwork Prince in one night, staying up until the early morning hours to finish. It was definitely worth the loss of precious sleep.