Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare: Steph’s review

Easily one of the most-anticipated YA books of the year, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare will push an already popular series into the stratosphere of YA lit. It is everything a fan could possibly want: lush, exciting, surprising and heartbreaking.

One of Clare’s greatest talents is on full display in Clockwork Prince: her ability to manipulate readers into feeling exactly what she wants them to feel. Think you’re firmly Team Will or Team Jem? Think again. Convinced the DSBS is the high point of the romance element of the book? Wrong.

Deception and betrayal come from the unlikeliest sources while romance blooms and minor characters get to shine. Did I mention the anger, hate and hunger that drives an enemy bent on destroying everything our beloved Shadowhunters stand for? Fans of The Mortal Instruments series already know Clare shows her characters no mercy. No one is safe. This trait is carried over into The Infernal Devices. Consider yourself warned.

Walls crumble, secrets are revealed, other are created, and in the midst of all this, Clare weaves in well-researched historical details, intelligent references to 19th-century literature, and the menacing threat of a clockwork army.

Best (or worst) of all, the nonstop action continues until the very last sentence of the book. While Clockwork Prince avoids the dreaded “middle book” designation so common in series by having a self-contained story, the denoument perfectly sets up conflict and suspense that will have readers panting for Clockwork Princess.

There can be no doubt that this is Clare’s finest book yet.

It hits shelves Dec. 6.

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