True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 andlt;I andgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessaand#8217;s powers for his own dark ends.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magisterand#8217;s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every moveand#8212;and that one of their own has betrayed them.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;USA TODAYandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Wall Street Journalandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Publishers Weeklyandlt;/iandgt; bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote andlt;iandgt;The Shadowhunterand#39;s Codexandlt;/iandgt; with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
Cora, September 2, 2013 (view all comments by Cora)
Generally, I’m not a big fan of trilogies, especially the second book - "it’s always unfinished and has gaping holes. So, I waited until Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare came out before reading book two of her Infernal Devices Trilogy Clockwork Prince. I hate waiting for the next book to find out what happens. If you haven’t read Clockwork Angel, you should read it first.
Clockwork Prince: The story begins where Clockwork Angel left off. Tessa is still at the London Institute. Jem and Will, the Shadowhunters from book one, are protecting her from Mortmain, the villain who continues to build an army of automatons to destroy the Shadowhunters. Jem is ill, and often seems to be on the verge of death. Tessa and Jem grow closer in this book, and their friendship blossoms.
This book unveils Will’s secret, and the love triangle between Jem, Will, and Tessa continues with predictable misunderstandings, sigh. One longs for some blatant honesty so the characters can move forward. I generally get annoyed with romance that hinges on one or two misunderstandings that could be cleared up with one honest question and one honest answer. Will does have an excellent and believable reason to act as he does, which is a refreshing change from other romance stories I’ve read.
There are two unexpected changes in this book: a big dose of betrayal, which surprised me-"that doesn't happen often, and I can’t say more without a major spoiler alert--and Will’s sister Cecily arrives at the institute; she wants to bring him home but we know that’s not going to happen.
The action bits of this book are excellent and fun. Jess is still annoying. We get to see more of Magnus Bane the half human, half demon character I love.
The continual conflict between Charlotte, who runs the Institute, and the leaders of the Shadowhunters deepens and becomes more complex and menacing. We suspect things will be resolved, but alas not in this book. We learn more about Will and Jem’s background. Secrets are central, and when we understand why Will behaves as he does, we have more sympathy toward him. Tessa’s anxieties over her love life verge on the annoying, but they are realistic.
The book ends with an old fashion Charles Dickens-like cliffhanger: everything is up in the air and unresolved. You want the next installment now!
Happily, you don’t have to wait for book three, you can pick up Clockwork Princess and continue reading.
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