Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices, #2
Genres: Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (Imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Date Published: December 6th, 2011
The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.
In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.
I really liked Clockwork Prince a lot better than Clockwork Angel. It’s funny because a lot of my feelings towards each of the characters have changed a lot after reading this book. This book is really all about the characters and relationships as opposed to the character and relationship building being wedged around a larger plot.
Not that there wasn’t a plot, because there was. But the majority of the page time was learning more about the characters. Which is fine, and unlike after the first book, I feel much more attached to some of the characters now. But it does make for a slower-paced book rather than an action-packed book like I remember Clare being known for in the first three Mortal Instruments.
My favorite character now is Will. I’m sure that’s really no surprise, but I actually wasn’t sure if I liked him or not after the first book. But in this book we learn a lot about why he acts the way he does and I just so feel for him. Poor, sweet, broken Will. I just want to hug him and make it better.
As for the other characters. Tessa I am still not really attached to. I know Clare loves her love triangles, but I feel like in a love triangle the female always ends up looking really inconsiderate for the guy’s feelings. I feel bad for Jem in this book for many reasons which I won’t say. But obviously there’s a love triangle, there’s really no surprise there. So let me just say that I’m not really feeling the chemistry between Jem and Tessa. It seems like her “feelings” for him are more pity than anything else.
Overall I really liked this book and I felt like it was a great way to get to know the characters more than we were able to in the first book. I wish I had re-read Clockwork Angel before reading this though, because some of the smaller details referenced I had forgotten and were pretty much lost to me. But still, a much stronger book and I’m looking forward to the next one. Team Will!
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