Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

“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....”

As I’ve made clear many times since we’ve started this blog, I love Cassandra Clare. I love everything about Shadowhunters and the shadow world in which they live.  Although I had thoroughly enjoyed Clockwork Angel, it didn’t touch The Mortal Instruments for me but Clockwork Prince has definitely put it in the running.

Clockwork Prince picks up where it left off in Clockwork Angel.  Agatha and Thomas are dead.  Nate has betrayed Tessa and escaped with the Magister, pyxis in hand and they are nowhere to be found.  Benedict Lightwood has deemed Charlotte unfit to run the Institute in London and proposes a challenge to the Consul; if Charlotte cannot locate the Magister within two weeks then the institute should be given to him.  If Charlotte no longer runs the institute, then Tessa, along with Will, Jim, Jessamine, and Sophie are without a place to live and with the Magister wanting Tessa for himself she’d likely be handed over to him without the protection of the Shadowhunters she had begun to consider her family.  Besides trying to locate the Magister, Will has his own problems and the only person that can help him is warlock Mangus Bane.  With Will’s ever occurring mood swings, Tessa finds herself growing closer to Jem.  Clockwork Prince is a fabulous steampunk novel filled with action that will keep you turning the page and a love triangle that will leave you with your heart broken in a thousand pieces and ready to explode with happiness at the same time.

My rating for this book:

I love that Cassandra’s books show you different characters points of view, it makes the anticipation, at least for myself, much more intense than it would otherwise.  I’ve never really been one to read one book and that is the entire story.  I feel that you don’t really get to know a character properly, which is why I loved this book and only really like Clockwork Angel.  I love that in this book you really get to know Will.  He’s not just arrogant and sarcastic anymore.  He has a great amount of depth that you only get a glimpse of in the first book. 
Cassandra Clare is the author of the best selling series The Mortal Insturments and Infernal Devices.  She has worked for various magazines that report things like Brittney Spears wardrobe malfunctions. She likes HBOs Game of Thrones, she has two cats, and typically book tours with fellow author, Holly Black.  To learn more about Cassandra, follow her on twitter @cassieclare or go to

How many of you guys have read this book?!? Let’s chat about it!


Sara R. said...

I loved your review and I am going to read this book but I was wondering if I should read City of Bones series by this author first. Your thought? I LOVED Divergent and read it because of your review. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Thanks you so much!!! I didn't think anyone was going to talk about my review lol. You don't have to read the TMI series first but I think you'll really enjoy the connections between the two books if you do. And TMI is a great series as well. I love them both as of right now equally. But Check them out and I would LOVE to hear what you think!