Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
From Margaret K. McElderry:
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.
It is not often that I pre-order books anymore, or go to the bookstore on the day of a book’s release. I do make an exception, however, for anything Cassandra Clare writes, and Clockwork Prince was no exception.
Clockwork Prince starts off right where Clockwork Angel left off. And holy shooooooooooo we’re off on yet another whirlwind of Shadowhunter, love triangle, clockwork army drama. The plot thickens as Tess, Jem, and Will dive deeper into the Magister’s motives and there is no shortage of excitement and heart-clawing emotions – true to Cassandra Clare form. I really can’t say much more than that because you just have to read the book!!!
Clockwork Prince, while super entertaining and fast paced, suffers a bit from that “book 2 syndrome.” While a lot of things happen and the story continues to develop, you are still left totally hanging and needing more NOW. At least we can say that Clockwork Princess will be released this year in November and all of our questions will be answered!