Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Posted 1 February, 2012 by Amanda / 28 Comments

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
(The Infernal Devices, #2)

Genre: YA
Format: hardcover
Read: 1/2/2012 — 1/4/2012
In Six Words: Oh god!  The pain!  It hurts!

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Book Order

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.
-from Goodreads

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.

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.

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28 Responses to “Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare”

  1. Yep, there was no way to walk away from this one without heart break. My only fear is that there is so much more heart break to come. :( Cassie is no where near finished with us yet. Secretly I couldn’t wait until you posted this review. As soon as I finished it I wondered how you handled this one. Knowing you ‘love’ of love triangles and your genuine love of this series I knew you would be torn. Like you, Clockwork Angel was my first Cassie Clare book. I love the Mortal Instruments, but the Infernal Devices will always be my first love. For that reason I’m torn about reading Clockwork Princess. I really want to know what happens next, but I don’t want it to be over. We may need a support group when this is all over ;) *sigh*

    • I’ve learned to deal with love triangles. This one pissed me off, but I see WHY it happened, and at least with a logical reason, I can accept it. Even as I hate it.

      Clockwork Princess may be a make or break book for me.

      • I can see why you’d feel that way about Clockwork Princess. I’m almost afraid to read it because I’m neither team Will or Jem and I KNOW someone’s heart is destined to be broken. I’m afraid that I will walk away from the end of this series totally crushed. *sigh*

  2. Uh oh. I’m with Tara. I’m not sure I can read this one after reading your conversation! WILL NOOOOOOO! I don’t even know what happens but if your reactions are either to be sick or cry that’s not a good sign. I mean it is because you love it so much, but I’m kind of freaking out.

  3. I so know that feeling, the uncomfortable ache after reading a particular book. I got it after The Red Tent and Sarah’s Key. Sometimes it’s a good pain, but other times, not so much.

  4. Rain Maiden Jen

    I have been wanting to read this series, but I have issues. I read the first book in her other series and didn’t like it. I’m one of those weird people that didn’t love it. I just don’t want to waste my time. I hate when I ride the fence.

    • lol. You’re not weird. There are plenty of people who didn’t like it. This series is both similar and yet different to The Mortal Instruments series. That probably doesn’t help you at all, though.

  5. I keep staring at these books on my shelf. They are mocking me. They wonder why I haven’t read them yet. The more time passes, the angrier they look. I have to bow to their will, but I have all of these other books I have to read first and they don’t understand! Maybe they’ll have to go with me on vacation.

  6. I so love Will. I this one made me love him even more. I can totally picture him showing up at the Institute with his Teddy bear. *hug that boy* This is one of the most EPIC of all Love Triangles. Most triangles are all about the 1 & the other dude is just being annoying.

    Amanda. If you love Will, you’ll love Jace in the Mortal Instruments. There really isn’t a love triangle, but some good heartache & lots of attitude.

  7. Um, I may have to wait for the next book before I read this one. I’ve been holding back for a reason and I think you just scared me more! *whines for Will*