Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood.
In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.
The second book in the Infernal Devices series (and part of the prequel to the Mortal Instruments series) was an excellent mixture of action, adventure, Victorian England propriety, and fantasy. Everything rolled into one in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In comparison to Clare’s first book of the Infernal Devices series (Clockwork Angel), which contained several explanations for the Shadowhunter world and Victorian mannerisms, Clockwork Prince picked up where readers left off with the cast of characters and continued the mesmerizing story.
Also worthy of noting is the lack of slow pacing. I’ve noticed that the middle books of series tend to read more like fillers and plot development, something to keep readers entertained before the final showdown. While Clockwork Prince does contain elements of this (linking Mortmain from the first book, discovering his past in this book, and possibly his ruin in the next — spoiler?), I felt like I could pick up this book without having read any of Clare’s work and understood it perfectly. That’s what is so great about Tessa’s character: she herself is new to the Shadowhunter world. The reader discovers everything with her, and the explanations are clear and to the point in this second installment. That leaves enough room for the plot to develop, Victorian aspects of life to take over, and of course (what is young adult literature without this?) a touch of romance to flourish.
EDIT: Also, if you love 19th-century British literature, especially Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Tale of Two Cities, Byron, Tennyson, or Rossetti, you’re in for a treat. Several references, quotations, and parallels throughout.
Rating: ★★★★.5 of 5
GoodReads: 4.28 of 5
6 thoughts on “Book Review: “Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare”
One of the Goodreads groups I’m in has selected Clockwork Prince for it’s January group read. I haven’t signed up because I wasn’t sure about starting with the second book in a series, but if you’re on Goodreads, you should join the discussion!
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/29900.Paranormal_Addicts_Newbies_Paranormal_Romance_Urban_Fantasy Technically the voting ends today, but Clockwork Prince is about 30 votes ahead of second and the top two are picked for the month.
I am on GoodReads! Thank you for the link! I’ll be sure to join.
As far as being uneasy with starting on the second book – I stand by what I said in my review: I think you can get by just fine. If it bothers you at all knowing you’re starting in the middle, read Clockwork Angel. I found both to be quick reads – large font, fast-paced, keeps you on your toes. If you have nothing to do a whole day, you can read one book.
I’ll admit, I accidentally started with book 10 in the Nightside series by Simon R. Green, but how can you not read a book titled “The Good, The Bad, and the Uncanny.” I’d love to keep up with your reviews. Add me as a friend? http://www.goodreads.com/eliahawthorne I have a fantasy novel releasing in March and I’d love to read your thoughts on it if you’d like an ARC copy.
Adding you right now! I’m http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5382856-laura. As for your novel, I’d love to read it. Message me on GoodReads.
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I’m still on the early chapter of the book and I find the review great which excited me more as I progress in reading. Kudos for a spoiler free review
Thank you and you’re welcome! Enjoy the rest of the book!