Saturday, December 17, 2011

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. 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.
The character of Clockwork Prince are lively and relatable. I found myself connecting with several of them. I love Tessa's attitude and found her strength to be admirable. I love Will. He  is so amazing, but infuriating at times. I liked exploring his past more and it created a better foundation to understand his actions. Jem is as sweet as always and I completely adore him. He has so much courage and strength. I used to be adamantly Team Will, but now I am not really sure how I feel. Love triangles are confusing, but addicting.  Charlotte and Henry were just as caring as the first book and I loved how amazing and supportive both of the people are. Jessamine was increasingly infuriating. There were several times in the book that I wanted to kill her.
The pacing of Clockwork Prince was not as rapid as Clockwork Angel. Even though that was the case, the plot twist made up for the slow pacing at the beginning. Like any other Cassandra Clare book, there is a lot of action and surprise. I honestly had no clue what this book would be like and exactly how it would end. The cliff hanger is just horrid, because I want to know what is going to happen next, like now. I also want to add that I love the time period and how Cassandra Clare captures it so brilliantly. It is just wonderful. I can't wait to see what happens next and I am so excited for Clockwork Princess. I suggest this book to anyone that has loved the previous Cassandra Clare books. I promise that you will love it.


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