Monday 12 December 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Pages - 496
Published by Walker Books in December 2012

'The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight. Where it parted, Will Herondale could see the street rising ahead of him, slick and wet and black with rain, and he could hear the voices of the dead.'

Goodreads Summary
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.
*This review is for the second book in The Infernal Devices series and may contain  spoilers for the first book.*

I have always stated that I do not like steampunk, but I had an epiphany this week, when it finally dawned on me that The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare is actually steampunk and I LOVED it! I think my bad experience with steampunk has now been erased from my mind and I am willing to try more.

I walked into this book on Team Will and about half of the way through the book I thought I might just defect to Team Jem, but as the final explosive chapters came and went, I knew I was still strongly in Team Will. He really is a bad, bad boy, and that is why I love him! His heart is in the right place, every time he hurts Tessa, he is doing it for a reason and within the pages of this book we finally find out why. If I was Tessa I would definitely have stuck to my guns, and stayed in Team Will. As lovely as Jem seems, he is dying peeps! He is a drug addict who will soon reach his demise! I can't see the future in that relationship can you. I felt Tessa just felt sorry for him and soon she will realise that there can only be one man for her and that is Will. I can tell I may lose followers over this, especially the Gem lovers. But come on people, you know damn well she will eventually end up with Will!

I love the humour within the book. I could not help but find Will wickedly funny. His sarcasm just leaves me in stitches. Has anyone else noticed how much Will is like  Jace from The Mortal Instruments series? Or is it just me.

Tessa really comes into her own in this book and we watch as she comes to terms with the new life she is now leading , although she is still desperate to discover her own true identity. That must be so hard for her to deal with. I felt so sorry for her as she was still trying to deal with her brother, Nate's betrayal of her. Nate really is a nasty character, who will stop at nothing to hurt the people who love him. He has no feelings at all.

The book was well written as always and kept me glued  from the first page until the last. I can't help but love the way Cassandra Clare writes. She truly is one of my favourite authors. She really knows how to dangle over the edge of a cliff, as you flail helplessly to find out what will happen. With every last page of her books, she leaves you wanting more. 


  1. Yay, I do hope you will try more steampunk, it can be very cool. But sure there are bad books out there but so are there in every genre

  2. What a handsome man on the cover, mysterious and brooding.

  3. Great review, I'm really looking forward to reading this one.

  4. Awesome review! I know what you mean about defecting to Jem's camp! However, after a reread I am firmly Team Will again! I think I prefer Will to Jace, but I agree on the similarities! I loved Magnus so much in this book, and Woolsey Scott as well!

    The Cait Files

  5. Blodeuedd - I definitely will. I think I just got burnt badly by my first experience.

    Jenni - you will love it.

    Cait - Magnus is just so entertaining. I can't believe you have reread it already!


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