Thursday, December 8, 2011

Review of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Cassandra's Website:
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, but 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.

My Thoughts: 
Picking up just a little after the events of The Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare continues the story in a way that will leave you breathless. The world of Shadow Hunters, Downworlders and Mundanes is back with a vengeance! The cover art has to be mentioned here. They are all absolutely beautiful! I am always drawn to the books first and foremost by the covers.
This book was hard to review because I didn’t want to give away any spoilers so I took a different approach this time. Cassandra Clare uses Clockwork Prince to answer a lot of questions left unanswered in Clockwork Angel and, of course, to produce some new questions. Character development in this book is amazing, as is the new twists and turns, both expected and unexpected. Even at that, the expected turns are never exactly how you expected and the unexpected are really thrilling!
Tessa wasn’t quite as annoying to me in this book. Her character growth shows but I still wish she wasn’t so “wishy-washy” when it came to choosing. That girl changes her mind like I change socks.
Will surprised me. I really disliked him after the first book and was quite discomfited to find myself slowly beginning to like him. By the end, I was, well, sort of in love with him myself!
Jem is still Jem. I was happy to see him being more of a take charge kind of guy in this one. He doesn’t let his illness rule him.
Jessie totally threw me for a loop! I was so taken by surprise that I actually, out loud, expressed it. My husband wants to read the book that totally freaked me out! Still spoiled, she takes her own journey in this book and comes out of it in an unexpected way. It was nice to see the story unfold the way it did.
The Lightwood family is prominent in this book, in a way that blew me away. We learn a lot about their past and get to see how much they’ve changed. The backstory was awesome!
Can I just say here: Demon Pox! I loved/adored/was thrilled by learning the truth about this, finally. I laughed out loud more than once.
Charlotte and Henry really develop in this story as well. We learn more about them and as their characters flesh out we begin to see and understand so much more. This truly is a love story when it comes to them.
Nate makes his appearances in this story and helps to move the story along. He has his own little surprises.
Magnus Bane shows himself again in this book and I just grow to like him more and more. He is an unbelievably great character.
Clockwork Prince has its funny moments but is, overall, a heartbreaking and tear inducing book. I flew through this book like a hot knife through butter. Each book in this series just keeps getting better. Cassandra Clare never fails to impress me. She tells me a great story, keeps the intrigue going and always leaves me wanting more. 

I give Clockwork Prince 
                                                     5/5 Books

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