It is strange how I am always drawn to Cassandra Clare’s books like a fly to a sweetmeat. I always go into her world expecting to be blown away and despite being disappointed numerous times I still keep coming back to her books because they are so damn fascinating. ‘Clockwork Prince’ is the second book in the ‘The Infernal Devices’ series and even after reading the book cover-to-cover I still don’t know the significance of the book title.
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
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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.
(Blurb as on Goodreads)
I LIKE Clockwork Prince Because,
…of its riveting storyline. I bought The Infernal Devices because I was fascinated by the general premise. Too bad this book did not live up to my expectations nonetheless, it did attract my attention.
…I like Jem. He was the only character I liked in the first book and he also is the only character I like in this book too. It could be because he is a unique character in Clare’s books. Will is a carbon copy of Jace from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series so there is nothing great about him. Jem however, is not the usual hero you find in books. He is slightly vulnerable which makes you feel like reaching out to him and protecting him. I adore Jem for his kind and loving nature.
I Do NOT Like Clockwork Prince Because,
…I felt the writing was not up to the mark. This book had several grammatical errors and even Clare’s writing was not as gripping as compared to her other books. I am majorly disappointed with this book because there was not much to like about it.
…I despise Tessa. I think Tessa is the dullest heroine I have ever come across. I still don’t know what is so special about her. Even the maid Sophie is more likeable than her. She has only one power i.e. she can shapeshift while reading the mind of the person she transforms into. It is funny how she is unable to read the minds of the most important people like her brother who supposedly is a crucial character in the story. She cannot fight, she cannot fully defend herself or anyone else, and she cannot cross enemy lines without being chaperoned by either of her two admirers. So, what exactly is so alluring about her? I don’t know. She reminds me of Bella from the Twilight series who just cannot make up her mind about which guy she likes. She wants both of them. Ugh! Stupid heroine.
…I feel like smacking Will again and again. What the hell is his problem? Okay, I know what his problem is but C’mon! After building it up in the first book I was expecting a really big ‘secret’ of his. Much to my disappointment (as always) the reason why Will is so Will is utterly atrocious. I can’t even express how badly I wanted to tear my hair after reading the reason behind his obnoxious behaviour. Argh!! How could Clare do this?!?! Why couldn’t she think of something more strong so we could sympathise with him?
Favourite Quotes in Clockwork Prince
“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”
“I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.”
“Trains are great dirty smoky things,” said Will. “You won’t like it.”
Tessa was unmoved. “I won’t know if I like it until I try it, will I?”
“I’ve never swum naked in the Thames before, but I know I wouldn’t like it.”
“But think how entertaining for sightseers,” said Tessa, and she saw Jem duck his head to hide the quick flash of his grin.”
“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”
Final View: I would recommend this book only to those (like me) who have bought the complete series without reading the first book because you have no option but to finish it. If you are not a fan of Clare’s works then stay miles away from this one.
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