Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: December 6th, 2011
McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover, 502 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.

Lesigh. It seems like Cassandra Clare’s books are very few and far between; when in reality, the woman actually prints out two books a year. Her books are not slight either, producing at least a five-hundred page minimum. I wish she’d write faster…or that she’d send me a manuscript as soon as one is available (hah!). Either way, I can’t stand the six months lag between her books. Call me impatient, but I blame her for writing some pretty addicting stuff. Waiting for Clockwork Prince is probably the most painful to date. Let me be honest and confess to you all that before this week is through, I’d have ended up with three finished copies of this book (don’t ask!).

Clockwork Prince In Not So Many Words.

The Magister is still on the loose, biding his time until he could exact his revenge. In the meantime, a web of liars and traitors have been in place and at the center of it all, The Institute, headed by Charlotte Branwell, is under fire. They have two weeks to flush out Axl Mortmain from his hiding place or Charlotte will be ousted, to be replaced by the dubious Benedict Lightwood.

The Good.

Will was a jigsaw puzzle in Clockwork Angel and remained true to his character in Clockwork Prince. He’s always been glib about life and was notorious for not doing what he’s been told to do or how to act – traits that simultaneously amused and annoyed me at times. This book tells us the nature of all his anger and why he’s so intent on pushing people away.  The revelation was heartbreaking in that it happened to him at such a young age. He wasted a lot of time believing that he was better off alone, unloved by the people he called his family. Will has always been one of those characters that truly exhausts me; he puts me through the wringer every time. To be in his head was a challenging experience but this Will, is a likeable Will. The morose way in which he view his lot in life added another layer to his character.

Tessa Gray was just getting the hang of her powers – that of a shapeshifting downworlder. Unfortunately, this is the extent of what I could find admirable in her. Don’t get me wrong, she’s kind, selfless, intelligent, and a strong female lead but at the end of it all, I liked Sophie more. Tessa has been thoroughly impatient to learn her true nature and in this book, she was given a starting point. I’m anxious to know what she is!

Immerse yourself in some of the best classic literature known to man. Cassie Clare outdid herself this time. Quotes upon quotes of relevant pieces littered the pages of this book, purported in a way that didn’t feel like the author’s agenda was to impress, but rather she made them pertinent toward the over all brilliance of the book.

As usual, no other author can create a fantastical world than Cassie Clare can. Descriptive, realistic, and genuine are the best I could describe the general milieu of her books. I especially liked the horrors of the spoils – or anything that best represent the dark themes of Clockwork Prince. I think that this book is particularly more sensual than Clockwork Angel and it’s not only because of the Jem/Tessa, Will/Tessa love scenes. There were more here, for sure but I’m also talking about the book’s ambience in totality…or maybe I’m just weird. Debatable.

Gideon Lightwood. Magnus Bane. Cecily Herondale. Enough said.

The Not-So.

Tessa has made a decision and this is my reaction –> jkldjlkfjkloieuieo*$@!!!! That is all. *takes a deep breath*

While I can truly appreciate the intricate way in which the investigation about the Magister’s master plan and his whereabouts came to be, the progression of the proceedings was slow. The lack of action induced a few yawns and intermittent gulps of caffeine. And it wasn’t only here that I fought off sleep, Jem also bored me to tears. Don’t get me wrong. I love the boy. But by the Angel, he’s as exciting as gruel!

This is How I Really Feel.


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