Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
In the second book of Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices-series it is easy to tell that Clare is more comfortable with her story and characters. As you might remember from my review of Clockwork Angel, one of my issues with it was how descriptive it was, but towards the end the dialogue has a better flow to it and mixes better with the descriptions. The Clockwork Prince continues on the course Clare entered towards the end of Clockwork Angel. This also makes Clockwork Prince the more exciting book to read of the two.
The world of the Shadowhunters opens more and more to Tessa, and the more she gets involved, the more she discovers how easy it is to be betrayed. Not only did her brother betray her in the first book, but the extent of his betrayal is revealed. However, the betrayals aren’t just kept between Tessa and Nate; we’re also shown that there are some Shadowhunters whose loyalties aren’t within their own ranks.
The main plot of the series is to discover who the Magister is, what he wants with Tessa and to keep her safe from him. The biggest plot of Clockwork Prince seems to be keeping the Shadowhunters’ Institute in London under the leadership of Charlotte and Henry Branwell. Having these two plots to concentrate on, Clare also deliberately puts in other sub-plots and twists that ties the two plots to each other. As Tessa’s relationship with the Shadowhunters expand we get more back story on Will specially, but also Jem and in the end as a reader I have the same struggle as Tessa does; Which guy do I like the most? Because somehow during the two books Clare has accomplished what every author strives for: making your readers love the characters and story.
I was lucky enough to get to meet Hannah in Florida last week, and at one point we talked about Cassandra Clare’s books, and Hannah mentioned that the books are released fairly quickly (with Clockwork Princess was released March 19th). That comment made me think of Twilight and how fast those books were released. Being a Harry Potter fan and having heard a lot of comparisons between Harry Potter and Twilight, I’m not the biggest fan of comparing any book to Twilight. But I have to make an exception. Cassandra Clare does the one thing Stephenie Meyer never was able to do. Like with Twilight, both Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince leaves you wanting more, but unlike Meyer, Clare actually manages to move her story along and develop her characters. This is why, if someone were to ask me which series I would recommend I would definitely go with The Infernal Devices.
*Note from Hannah: Eline mentioned we got to meet each other in Florida last week. This might seem like no big deal if you don’t know the back story. I live in Tennessee and Eline lives in Norway. We both just happened to be vacationing in Florida at the same time. It was an incredible experience!