Tuesday, January 10, 2012

REVIEW: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2)
by Cassandra Clare

Pub: Dec. 6th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Review Copy: Personal Hardcover

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

"You are not the last dream of my soul.

You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth"

Honestly, Cassandra Clare just keeps getting better and better. I LOVED this book. I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, but I'm finding The Infernal Devices to be a whole other level of awesomeness. Every book I read seems to get better than the last. I really can't give a bigger compliment.

It had been awhile since I had read The Clockwork Angel, so I needed a few pages to reacquaint myself with some of the secondary characters and plot details but everything came back pretty quickly. 

Clockwork Prince picks up right where Clockwork Angel  ended, with the Shadowhunters (and friends) trying to catch The Magister(Mortmain) with still no idea what he wants and why he wants Tessa so very badly.

I found the pacing of this book, and the shifts between characters to be perfect and seamless. Each character seemed carefully chosen as the window to the scene they were leading us through, giving the most valuable perspective on what was happening.

As for the romance. This. This is how you write a love triangle people! If you can actually chose Will or Jem over the other for Tessa, without feeling like you've broken someone you loves heart you are a stronger reader than me. I honestly felt heartbroken for Tessa in this book. I'm still torn over what I think should happen with these characters.

There are some surprising (and not so surprising) plot twists and we learn more about all the characters in this book. That said, there is still a great deal to be revealed in the next book in the series and I can't wait!

If you haven't read any of The Mortal Instrument series, you can start with City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, which is the first book in The Mortal Instruments. You can also read The Infernal Devices alone. There are details you might not notice or appreciate to the same degree but the plot stands alone. It begins with Clockwork Angel

Overall, such a fantastic book. I highly recommend getting into this series (even if you didn't love The Mortal Instruments, I think The Infernal Devices is better so I'd still recommend reading it)

Happy Reading!

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