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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Posted by Caitie F on March 6, 2013

Title:  Clockwork Prince 10025305
Author: Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 502 pages
Pub Date: Dec 6, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rating: +++++

Summary from goodreads:

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.

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.

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.


I wanted to read this book before the next one comes out and I found it one thing is very true: I enjoy this series so much more than The Mortal Instruments. Now, I like that series too, but there is something about having Shadowhunters and friends in the Victorian age that makes it more fun to read. I feel like you can learn more about who the Shadowhunters are in general – especially how they treat women – and the setting and scenery is just that much more exciting.

Tessa is a good character, but it is the side characters that truly shine.  Jem is now tied with Magnus Bane as my favorite character in the series. Will is less irritating towards the end of the book and learning about his past makes it all make sense. The addition of two Lightwoods also brings in some conflict and shows more of the Shadowhunter world.

The romance in this book felt more realistic than in any of the others. There are many relationships and I actually cared about all of them. Each of these relationships and issues within the relationships has consequences that are easy to see and add to the story. Personally, I love where it all ended up and am nervous about the next book.

This is a great addition to the story and I am so excited for the last book in this series. It has great heroes, a terrifying villan, and a story that is impossible to put down!


One Response to “Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare”

  1. These books aren’t my genre but I love that the author has kids excited about reading. I went to an event for her and kids were squealing.

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