**Warning! If you haven’t read Clockwork Angel which is the first book in The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is the second book in The Infernal Devices trilogy and it’s set at the Shadowhunter Academy in London many years prior to the events of The Mortal Instruments series. Clockwork Prince picks up whereClockwork Angel leaves off and I have to say that I loved this second book even more than the first, despite all of the toying it did with my emotions. Like, serious heart wrenching stuff. Also, to all those Will Herondale fangirls: I get it now.
Following the events of Clockwork Prince, Charlotte is threatened by her fellow Shadowhunters and she is given an ultimatum by the Clave to either find The Magister or uncover compelling information about his whereabouts within two weeks time or she’ll lose the institute to the Lightwoods. So as I’m sure you can imagine, the stakes and stress levels are at an all time high for our characters. I loved learning more about The Magister and his colored past in Clockwork Prince. While I obviously hate him, he is my favorite type of villain to hate. He’s calculated and patient which is an admirable combo when used for good but in him, I’m incredibly nervous. Clockwork Prince also gives much more depth to its side characters, even those who may have seemed minor turn into much bigger players as the story plays out. I can barely put into words how excited I felt while reading Clockwork Prince and again, I’m just blown away by how Cassandra Clare got me so incredibly attached to these characters.
Okay, so it would be remiss to write this review without talking about the romance. In Clockwork Angel I felt that my place on Team Jem was solidified by the story’s end but everything I thought I knew was basically tossed upside down in this second installment. My ship has changed BUT I am still irrecoverably heartbroken over my feelings so I cannot even begin to place myself in Tessa’s headspace because if my insides are this torn, forget about Tessa’s. The whole time she described her feelings I was nodding and being like “I know Tessa, I know.” I need Clockwork Princess immediately because I NEED to know how this will be resolved. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m going to leave it at that.
Final Thoughts: Clockwork Prince is the near-perfect follow up to Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. This second piece of the story is a quick paced adventure that’ll have your heart racing and your emotions running rampid. I will give you fair warning that upon finishing you will be unable to function until you can begin reading Clockwork Princess. I honestly just want to talk about this book with everyone because I was blown away by the story, the character development and the Shadowhunter lore. I honestly feel like this is a must read series.
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, but 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. (via Goodreads)