Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: December 6, 2011
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.
I was fortunate with my timing on this one. Seeing as I just read Clockwork Angel back in October, I didn't have to wait as long for this one to come out. Though my desire for more after CA was still strong, if not stronger, than those who had to wait longer.
When I have to wait a year for a new book in a series, I find myself slowly forgetting about it until it's release date looms closer. Not really "forget" as much as my mind and hands get occupied with other equally good stories until the time comes for the next book in a series. It's an endless cycle. Though I was super fortunate to get this one a few weeks early.
First things first, if you haven't read Clockwork Angel, you obviously shouldn't be here. There may be minor series spoilers drawn from it, so here's your warning. Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about Clockwork Prince.
This has to be my favorite out of all of Cassie's books so far. (Good start, right?) Like I said in my review of CA, I am really liking the Infernal Devices series more than TMI, which I loved by the way. It seems to have more depth and I just love all of the characters. One of the things I really liked about CP was the fact that the plot wasn't really centered around one climactic action-packed scene, like the last one or like City of Glass was. CP focused on getting to know the characters deeper and more intimately. We see layers of Will, Jem, Tessa, Jessamine, etc pulled back to reveal new information that help us as readers better visualize what we are reading.
There are many questions that were carried over from CA that we want answered. What exactly is Tessa? Will they ever find a cure for Jem's addiction? Why does Will hold everyone at arm's length? What was his business with Magnus at the end of CA? And so many more! And in typical Cassie Clare fashion, barely any of them get answered. But what do you expect?
If I were to categorize this novel in genre terms, I would call it a drama-mystery with a bit of romance. The thought and tension that was woven through this book was intense. I found myself stopping and thinking back over what I had read to try and connect some dots, but it was too hard not to keep going.
I expect each an every one of you to go out and buy this. It is the perfect sequel. And if you have yet to read any of Cassie's books, I recommend you get on it quick. You won't regret a second of it.