Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Victorian London has never been so sexy as within the pages of Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince, the second book in her stunning trilogy of prequels to The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices.

Whether you are Team Will, Team Jem, or — like me — Team Undecided, there is plenty to tantalize you within the pages of Clockwork Prince. In truth, the tangled relationships between Tessa, Will, and Jem is a large part of the story — interwoven heavily into the larger plot of what’s going on with the Clave, Mortmain, and the automatons. And true to form, Cassie does not go easy on her characters. She throws in twists and turns that will give the reader some gut-renching, heartbreaking moments right up to the very last page.

What’s really so brilliant about Clockwork Prince is how Clare moves us forward from Clockwork Angel, reveals new details, yet continues to tease us towards even more in Clockwork Princess. Never once does Clockwork Prince fall victim to “middle book syndrome” — it stands elegantly and perfectly on its own. It is packed with plot, character development, and intrigue.

Honestly, this might be Clare’s best book to date. I truly believe she has outdone herself, creating something that fits within the arc of her Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices universe, while standing out as a real work of art and fine craftsmanship. Everything about this book is stunning: the writing, the plot twists, the character development. What’s more, Clare’s signature witty, sarcastic humor flows throughout the entire book, breaking up the drama and tension in just the right way. I couldn’t put this book down, and now that I have, I just want to pick it back up and linger over every moment.

Clockwork Prince is in stores December 6th. Here is the official synopsis:

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.

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5 responses to “Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

  1. Great review, Sara! Mark it on the calendar because I agree with you 100%!!!! (No curmudgeon tattoo this time!)

  2. Thanks so much for this great review! TBH I haven’t started Clockwork Angel yet, but reading this makes me want to read it already. I love Cassandra Clare’s writing style.

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