17 December, 2011

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare.

502 pages.
Publication - December 6th 2011/Margaret K. McElderry Books 

In Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters in the Institute. However, her protector, Charlotte, may be replaced as head of the Institute. Which leaves Tessa and her powers vulnerable for the Magister.

However, that's not her only problem. With her heart beginning to be torn between best friends Jem and Will, she finds that life is full of loves and lies and even the closest people will betray you for love. 

Review.Oh, Cassandra Clare, you never fail amaze me. Another brilliant installment to the Infernal Devices series. After what you could call, an agonizing wait, I was ever so happy to randomly walk in my local bookshop and see it sitting on the shelf, it was a beautiful moment. 

In this book, regarding Mortmain nothing way too major happens. Clockwork Prince is more based on Tessa and her personal life in the Institute. Tessa's relationship between the enigmatic and volatile Will, and the kind and sensitive Jem is the heart of Clockwork Prince. One may call it a filler book and it if was, it was the best filler book I have read in a very long time.

The book delves into the personal lives of Will and Jem. We learn why Will seems to hold everyone who loves him at the edge of his sleeve. Will's personal journey in this book was actually quite saddening and all I wanted to do was give him a hug. Not only does he have to contend with own problems but his feeling for Tessa are becoming more prominent, yet so are Jem's.
Tessa and Jem have become much closer in this book due to Will's comings and going at any time of day or night. Tessa can't help but see Jem as a safety net. 
However, as confused as Tessa is about her feelings for Jem and Will, there is also a lifelong friendship between the boys she cannot forget about, they are parabati. Too quote Will, "Jem is my sin." Is Tessa willing to come between the boys?

Clare has added a few more prominent characters to Clockwork Prince. Sophie, the Institute's servant, is heard more in the book, along with Magnus, who plays a big part in Will's personal journey. The Lightwoods are also recurring characters throughout the book, with Gideon, Gabriel's brother making a return from Spain. 

The plot is full of twists and turns, up and downs. However, all of these twists and turns are very well structured which is an asset that Cassandra Clare excels. Clare's attention to detail must also be noted. Clockwork Prince is set in Victorian times and this is seen time and time again throughout the book through Clare's detail.

Overall, a top notch book once again by the lovely Cassandra Clare. I've met her and she is lovely.
One thing I shall say I'm upset about is the cliffhanger Clare gave us. It was wonderful and heart splitting because you know you won't find out what happens until late 2012 in Clockwork Princess. 

Rating: 5/5.


  1. I have yet to see a negative review for this. I gave it a glowing review as well just the other day. Apparently, I wasn't crazy in thinking it was wonderful. xD

  2. I loved it!
    I saw one person saying that it was boring because there was no action and I though to myself 'whatt?' There was little action but it was still great!

  3. Starting the book I was torn between Jem & Will for Tessa. I knew that Will had to have a reason for pushing her away but I am a hopeless romantic and felt he could've tried harder to atleast be pleasant towards her. Just as I had decided that Jem was the one Cassie Clare throws in her famous surprises and has made me change my mind completely. I found myself heart broken with how much Will is hurting and I am now 100% Team Will. I still love Jem but Will is her soulmate with no doubt. MUST READ!! Can't wait for Clockwork Princess.

    1. The amount of feeling one person goes through while reading this is shocking!