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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry

In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute's aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.

Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I can't believe it has taken so long to finally read this book. It was even better than Clockwork Angel, and that's saying something because I enjoyed book one quite a bit. This book pulls at your emotions a little more. A lot more actually, and I think it's only going to get worse. You have Tess and her issues with Nate. The betrayal and level of pain only a sibling could do to a person. My heart was already hurting for Jem and his illness, but now it's aching for him, and he wouldn't even know why yet(if ever). I can't say why as it'd give away a spoiler. Now for Will...You find out so much more about him and why he is how he is. My heart broke for him, and it kept breaking again and again. Each time it hurt more and more. It almost brought me to tears. I knew there was more to Will, but I didn't expect to feel this level of emotion for him. I think he has passed up Jace as my favorite male fictional character. I never thought I'd say that.

Emotional stuff aside, there is a lot going on. Charlotte is fighting to keep control of the institute. The Magister is pulling strings behind the scenes which causes some nice twists. Tess is training to fight, and she's good at it. Magnus Bane is still a teddy bear. He likes to play distant and detached, but I think he always was a teddy bear. He's like the wise old owl. We get to meet some new characters along the way too. I wonder about Bridget too. Aside from her odd singing, she's quiet. Is she an automaton? Human? Other? Hmmm.

I was very impressed with this book. It's been a while since a book has brought out such a variety of emotions from me, but Clockwork Prince is definitely a reading experience not to be missed.
“You haven't broken his heart yet, have you?"
"No," Tessa said. Just torn my own in two. "I haven't broken his heart at all.”

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Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

To learn more about Cassandra Clare and her books, visit her website and blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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