Monday, January 9, 2012
Book Review ~ Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
published by Margaret K McElderry Books
Summary: 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.
My Thoughts: As a whole I love this series more than the recent Mortal Instruments books. There seems to be a unity that has been missing in MI since the first few books. Even though they all have their separate problems that they deal with throughout the book when needed they are all there for each other.
On the other side, I don't love Tessa and Jem. I think they are great characters individually but together they lose something, especially Tessa. She is too much rainbows and roses when they are together or she's thinking about him. She loses that grit and steel that makes her a great lead female and might as well be Jessamine. I don't necessarily like Will with her either, he lost some of his appeal when he reverted to the happy, loving Will.
Overall the story had great flow with plenty of ups, downs, twists and turns that keep you reading until the very end. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Will's sister and what/who turns on our happy little group next.