Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Review: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare
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.
If it is possible to love the second book in a series even more than the first, then I have found it. This was a story full of black magic, demons, and romance. What's not to love?
In this book we are taken deeper into the mystery of the Magister and find out more information about him. We also discover more about Will and his history. Jem is more developed as a character but his past still remains vague. We do get to see a little more of Magnus Bane, a character I absolutely adore.
The encounters with automatons were not as frequent as in Clockwork Angel, so I rarely had problems sleeping. The romance was so thick and beautifully written. Maybe I am a glutton for disappointment, but whenever I read a book with a love triangle, I am always rooting for the wrong guy. (I was Team Jacob, in case you are wondering.) The action scenes were fantastic and not so frequent that I got tired of them. There was a nice pace throughout the story that kept things moving without it getting boring or going too fast.
I don't know if I will be able to wait for another year before the final book comes out!
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Book