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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
(The Infernal Devices, #2)
Read: 1/2/2012 — 1/4/2012
In Six Words: Oh god! The pain! It hurts!
1. Clockwork Angel
2. Clockwork Prince
3. Clockwork Princess (Dec. 2012)
Why I Continued Reading This Series
Clockwork Angel was the first book by Cassandra Clare that I read, and I fell hard for the characters (but mostly Will), the world (because Will is in the world) and the story (especially Will’s story). *blinks* What? Okay, so I was charmed by more than Will with Clockwork Angel and I was anxious to see where Cassandra Clare would take the story with Clockwork Prince. And though she took it places I did not really want to go (oh, the heartache!), it was a fantastic second book to the trilogy, and it has me waiting impatiently for the release of Clockwork Princess in December (?).
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.
Thoughts on Book 2
It is extremely difficult to talk about what happened in Clockwork Prince without giving a lot away, so instead I will share a conversation that I had with Tara upon finishing the book.
Me: I just finished reading Clockwork Prince. I’m not sure I want to cry or be sick. OMG.
Tara: Is that the second on the spinoff series or the first?
Me: The second. Angel is the first. IT HURTS.
Tara: That does and does not make me want to read it.
Me: It’s like an OMG, I am so emotionally invested in this book and holy SHIT that decision tears me apart, and OH GOD, WILL.
Tara: Oh no. Oh I don’t think I can read it. At least not until the next one comes out.
Me: OH GOD. The next one doesn’t come out until the end of the year. *curls up in a ball*
Tara: Yeah I’m definitely waiting.
Me: BUT WHO WILL I TALK TO!? I will have to keep the pain locked inside me where it will fester and grow.
Tara: Sounds like PABD.
Me: *cries* Nooooooo, anything but that!
Tara: Step 1: acknowledge you have PABD.
Me: No. I am still in denial. Leave me in my misery!
Tara: Step 2: pick another book or reread a favorite passage of an old book.
Me: I CANNOT TOUCH ANOTHER BOOK.
Do you really need a real review after that conversation? What? Yes? Okay, here goes. Even with the non-spoilery reviews, I knew Clockwork Prince was going to affect me on some level. I was not quite expecting to feel nearly physically ill upon finishing with the way this book tore me up. And yes, the love triangle plays a large part in my upset (have I mentioned before how much I dislike love triangles?). How could it not? But enough of that.
In addition to Will, Jem, and Tessa, we really get to see and learn more about the other characters like Sophie, Charlotte, and Henry. (side note: I love Magnus Bane, I really do…but I love Will more. WILL!) All this time spent on characters allows the story to develop and for us to become more attached not just to Tessa’s story, but to everyone else’s story as well.
While there is an ending to the book, there is still a lot more left hanging, certain mysteries that still require solving. I can only hope that there are the answers I need in Clockwork Princess and that my heart can be repaired. Er… I mean, I hope that there is a satisfactory conclusion, love triangle wise.
Damn love triangles.