Hardcover, 498 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
I read this back in late 2011 but I never got the chance to blog about it, so i figured better late than never.
I will confess, I wasn't too fond of the first Infernal Devices book. There are way too many reasons to go off on here, but that's besides the point. I was actually debating not even reading the sequel, but a good friend
forced the book into my hands insisted, so I did.
I can't say I'm disappointed.
Will, even the first novel in the trilogy being suckish and all, has, from day one, been one of my Bad Boy Book Crushes. I think that goes for everyone.
Clockwork Prince just softened me up to him even more.
All that anguish? That boy needs someone's shoulder to cry on.
And I am here. Yes I am.
I won't go into much detail because I know this is a book not most readers have gotten to, but I will say that I've heard a lot of the same complaints about the first book in the trilogy, and I'm recommending you give the sequel a chance.
I can promise you that Cassandra Clare delivered a brilliant comeback, and is sure to not disappoint.
If you're ready for some serious twists, betrayal, and a helluva lot of heartbreak, get to it!
4 stars to Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare!