Sunday, November 13, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
THANKS TO SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA FOR THE ADVANCE COPY.
Release: December 6, 2011
Pages: 497
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Synopsis:
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.

Review:
After seeing great reviews for all of Cassandra Clare's books, I finally got to reading her Mortal Instruments series and fell in love. I read Clockwork Angel shortly after, and couldn't believe the cliffhanger, one of Cassandra Clare's trademark writing devices. After that ending, I began counting down until Clockwork Prince; getting it in the mail resulted in a full on jumping up and down, screaming session.

As with all of the covers of Cassandra Clare's books, they follow a general theme, featuring a character from the book and titles with a common theme. The other common element with her covers are just how gorgeous they are, and this one is no exception. I love how Jem is featured on this cover, probably because I both guys are so great, and I haven't decided who's my favourite. My absolute favorite feature was the glowing dragon head on Jem's cane.

As always, the writing of this book lives up to this author's reputation fully. The way the text describes everything is such accurate detail makes everything easier to picture for the reader. Though I'm not usually one for historical novels, Cassandra's writing had me completely entrapped in the story, even though the setting wasn't my usual cup of tea. The story was just as good as writing; it seemed to fly by with not a single dull moment. To not spoil anything, I'll just say that the ending was shocking as were all the events within. I also love how humour is incorporated into the story even in dark parts of the story.

The characters in this book experienced exponential growth in the eyes of the reader. For this series I couldn't even decide on a favorite male lead as I mentioned above, proving just how well built the characters are. I again enjoyed reading about Tessa, she was still relate-able as a protagonist, facing even tougher decisions than before. I love Tessa because she's tough, even when the situation doesn't look good, plus she has two awesome guys fighting over her, which is never a bad thing.

Yet again, I found myself to be reading a tightly woven Cassandra Clare masterpiece and for that, I give Clockwork Prince a 5/5. I would recommend this book to fans of The Mortal Instruments series and any steampunk or historical fiction fan.

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