Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Dates Read: December 15-18, 2011
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.
Simply amazing. Cassandra Clare is a wonderful, talented storyteller. Having just finished this novel, I don’t believe there is anything I particularly disliked about it. Everything that comes to mind when I think about the book, I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the plot, the character development. I loved the conflict, the betrayal. I loved the many threads of story that wove their way back into the characters’ pasts, or foreshadowed things to come. I may just be a sick individual (it’s possible, even probable), but one of my favorite things about this book was just how thoroughly it broke your heart. It takes a good book to wrench your heart in so many directions, you don’t know what to do with yourself. Clockwork Prince does it, and elegantly. I recommend it highly.