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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Does this book even need an introduction?

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) Tessa. I liked Tessa much better in this book than I had in Clockwork Angel. In Clockwork Angel, I mostly felt sorry for her, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. But you definitely see more of her in Clockwork Prince, how she has grown and how she handles the struggles she's handed. 2) Parabatai. The blood brothers aspect of Jem and Will's relationship. I like the way they complement each other. I'm loyal to Jace, but I definitely see the appeal of both of these guys! Jem is sweet and sensitive, and Will is all passionate and broody. I'm Team Will, but my sister is Team Jem. I'm not going to say what happens at the end of the book, but my jaw definitely dropped! 3) Questions and Answers. This is one of my favorite things about Cassie Clare's books. Throughout the plotline, there are many twists and turns, and so many new questions popping up all the time. But she introduces all of these new questions without confusing the reader. It isn't predictable, but sometimes I think that authors try to keep readers engaged by throwing problem after problem at them, and things get too confusing. Not the case in Miz Clare's writing. 4) MAGNUS BANE! If you haven't read any of the Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments, then you are unaware of the fabulosity of Magnus Bane. He's one of my favorite characters! 5) Continuity. The Infernal Devices books generations before The Mortal Instruments but I love being able to pick out the family members of the characters that I love from The Mortal Instruments. I've found that I've learned a lot more about TMI from TID. 6) Emotional assault. Okay, that's a weird way to say it. But so many emotional things happened in this book that I felt like I experienced the rainbow of emotions. It's true, that was great!

What I Didn't Like: How long until the next book?

Overall thoughts: As expected, Cassandra Clare delivers another phenomenal addition to the World of the Nephilim. If you haven't read any of her books, I suggest you get on it, stat. The whole series captures you and lets you explore an incredibly imaginative and spellbinding world.

My rating: 5 shots

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely loved this book. I knew I would, because lets face it, Cassandra Clare just gets better and better with each book. I was such an emotional nut case reading this one, but in a good way. Thanks for the lovely review.


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