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. 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.
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.
Seriously I love The Infernal Devices series. Clare has combined supernatural fiction with Victorian England, a little steampunkness, and a Welsh love interest. Its like she knows the inner longings of my soul. Sigh.
I’ve been waiting on this book since spring 2011; not long in the grand scheme of things, but long for me! While reading Clockwork Prince, I was not disappointed at all! The first book, Clockwork Angel, absolutely hooked me. I love the idea of taking this naive American girl and plopping her in the middle of not only a different country, but in a totally supernatural world she never knew existed. I was automatically interested in Tessa’s character and her struggle; learning about her gifts, how to use them, and figuring out who she actually is. If Clockwork Angel was about Tessa loosing her nativity and becoming more aware of the world around her then Clockwork Prince was about Tessa coming to terms with her gift and learning more about herself and those she loves in the midst of this new world.
So, Tessa is an awesome heroine. I love her. She is vulnerable yet strong enough to stand up for herself. She is sensitive, intelligent and fiercely loyal. She is also watchful of the people around her; she picks up on things others often overlook.
I’m impressed with the way Cassandra Clare has woven this delicate love triangle in the midst of multiple plot lines and it (the love triangle) doesn’t get lost underneath everything occurring around it. But at the same time the other plot lines are not overshadowed by the triangle. There is balance. But boy is this the love triangle to end all love triangles! Clare had me so engrossed in the story, which caused much pain and frustration along with excitement and many “Yes!” moments that I wanted to Google the ending of the trilogy to find out if I’d be happy with it or not! I couldn’t do this because the third book hasn’t been released yet, although I know I shouldn’t anyway. (I have only done this once and it was with Clare’s companion series, The Mortal Instruments. Shhh don’t tell!).
One thing I think is interesting about the love triangle is that no one involved is allowing it to ruin their established relationships. I hate movies like Legends of the Fall where everyone ends up hating each other all because of one girl. This hasn’t happened in The Infernal Devices series (at least not yet). The characters cherish their existing relationships so much that they do not allow the potentially explosive romantic situation take over; I appreciate the care Clare took to achieve this.
And of course, Will Herondale. Where do I even begin?! He is one of my all time top fictional crushes. I loved how Clare allows us to see more of Will’s story in this book. I listened to the audiobook and was completely enthralled by the way in which Ed Westwick narrated the scene where Will shares his story with Magnus; I almost forgot I was driving my car at the time!
Clockwork Prince is not a standalone novel; it’s the second book in a trilogy, so if you’re a fan of historic fiction with a bunch of supernatural thrown in and you liked the first book, Clockwork Angel, then you will also enjoy Clockwork Prince.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Dec. 12, 2011
Format: Audiobook; 15 hrs and 35 mins
Narrator: Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
Series: Second in The Infernal Devices series