My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: December 6th 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Very Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Steampunk, Fantasy, Adventure, Demons, Mystery, Family
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.
And I thought things couldn’t get more complicated.
They can. And they have.
It should scare me to think that Cassandra Clare is not done messing with our emotions, that there will be more heart-breaking scenes in Clockwork Princess, but part of me must be a masochist.
Because I am looking more than forward to having my heart broken for the millionth time.
These characters have become so dear to me. I almost feel as if I have known them for ever. Tessa and Will and Jem are the most intense trio there is in young adult literature, from my perspective.
I know that they each have their own past and future, yet I cannot help but want for them to be linked and bound to one another until death plays its role.
Clockwork Prince is different from Clockwork Angel in many ways. For starters, it contains more romance. There is even cheating. Furthermore, secrets are revealed. Many of them. The pacing is slower and the focus is sharp on the characters and less so on the actual plot.
And it’s also more treacherous.
As in… brace yourself, dear readers, for Clockwork Prince will leave a mark on you. Of love, of despair, of madness or hope…? It’s up to you to find out!