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Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5
Oh my gosh. Wow. AMAZING. Cassandra Clare did it again! Genius writer. Where do I begin...I got really into reading the second installment of the Infernal Devices and it was everything I expected and more! My eyes were literally glued onto the pages like nothing else in the world mattered, other than me finishing this book. Could it be possible that I love the Infernal Devices more than the Mortal Instruments?!
Clockwork Prince picks up following the ending of the last book, where the Magister aka Axel Mortmain and Nate escaped, along with the Pyxis. Charlotte Branwel’s position as head of London’s Institute fearfully comes under threat, in which will force the Clave to have her replaced by Benedict Lightwood who wants the Institute for his own personal matters. But in order for Charlotte to hold her position, she must investigate as to where Mortmain is and this must be done within two weeks.
One of their searches is to travel to Yorkshire to manor house to unravel Mortmain’s secrets. Tessa, Jem and Will discover that the Mortmain’s vendetta against the shadowhunters is deeply personal, which ruined his life a long time ago. After they come face to face with an automaton has been following them to deliver a message, they realize that Mortmain is one step ahead of them and knows their every move in their research to find him.
We know that Nate was a traitor a spy for Mortmain, but we have another spy living under the Institute’s roof – which was discovered by Sophie, the Institute’s servant. It wasn’t much of a surprise to me, though I should have seen it coming! She (the spy) was naïve, blinded by false love. I did kind of feel sorry for her, having the truth forced out of her with the Mortal Sword and was inevitably taken to the Silent City, awaiting punishment from the Clave.
This book concentrates on the love triangle between Tessa, Jem and Will. Usually, I hate typical love triangles and it seems that every YA author have the need to put that storyline in, but somehow in Clockwork Prince, the love triangle just worked.
“I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted – and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
I finally understand Will. He wasn’t a very likable character in the first book, that’s why I preferred Jem to him. Then all is revealed; I can understand why he is mask himself as a cold person. The reasons for his motives and why he pushes people away who genuinely care about him. It’s because he wanted people to hate him and he did a pretty good job at it. When I read the truth about Will, I thought it sounded rather far-fetched, I was thinking it’d be something more dramatic, but anyway... After Magnus summoned the demon responsible for what happened to Will. The truth is that what was told to him when he was 12 years old was just a cruel lie. Now he feels like a fool for believing it. It was 5 years wasted becoming the person he wasn’t and leaving his family whom he loved. He was only a boy, who could blame him?
I’ve come to really like Will in this book, I thought that we saw the more vulnerable and innocent side to him, rather than the conceited side. I loved reading the character development about him. He is a very self-sacrificing person; he’d do anything to protect the people he loves and save them from any harm.
“Jem is my great sin.”
Ah Jem, I loved Jem. I think he is a really wonderful character. I like the bond between him and Will; reading about how they became each other’s parabatai, despite the fact that Jem is dying. I feel like Jem is really someone that deserves love and happiness in his life, after years of feeling suppressed morbid about his condition. In this book, towards the near end mostly, he is a happier person and has hope for the first time. The reason is because of Tessa; there’s more colour to his skin and he is taking the drugs less. In this case, it looks like being in love is the cure for him.
Decisions, decisions, decisions!
Who is it going to be Tessa? Jem or Will?
“I have wanted to do this,” he said, “every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you. But you know that. You must know. Don’t you?”
Tessa has a serious decision to make based on who she really wants to be with. She feels drawn to both boys and they both love her. They’re different sides to them - one is very caring and kind, and the other is rather sarcastic but has vulnerability about him. Tessa tells herself she loves Jem, quite a few times. She has chosen him and I think it’s only because it’s the right thing or she just wants to make him happy. She describes how beautiful Will is all the time and how he makes her heart flutter. I’m getting the gist that she feels more strongly in love with Will, especially with that balcony scene where they shared steamy kiss (so hot!)
Jem is unaware of Will’s feelings for Tessa, when Will shields himself to save her when an automaton explodes, Jem thinks he did it because he knew how much she meant to him. Not realizing that Will did it because he loved her, but Will let Jem have Tessa because they’re brothers, he couldn’t take the one thing that meant so much to him and he just wanted him to be happy. Aw :’( if only Jem knew the truth...it would break his heart. I think Will’s heart is already shattered after Tessa told him it was too late.
I think Tessa would be good for Will, but I want Jem to be happy too! Ah I want everyone to be happy.
Other things I loved about the book were Magnus and Sophie getting a love interest! Clare not only focused on Tessa/Jem/Will love story, but also on Charlotte and Henry, and Sophie and Gideon.
I can’t fault Cassandra Clare’s writing. Her writing is the Infernal Devices is exceptionally rich and beautiful. I loved her choice of words she uses in the descriptions of the places in London; it shows that she did do her research. I think Clare tries to interpret in her own way, a contemporary way of writing a novel relating to the Victorian Era, which doesn’t require having to write in old English language. The fashion during the Victorian Era is especially influential, the way Clare put effort into the details in the descriptions of the clothes was just exquisite.
I gave this book the full 5 stars because I think it just ticked all the right boxes and I thoroughly enjoyed it as much as the first book. It’s quite angsty and emotional. I felt myself wiping away the unwanted tears at times. I like it when books make you feel something because to me I think it means that you have truly connected with the characters and have gotten really engaged in the storyline overall. The ending was another cliffhanger! Cassandra, why you do this to me?! D: Can’t wait to get my hands on Clockwork Princess!
A snippet from Clockwork Princess from Clare’s tumblr:
“It has been the privilege and the honor of my life to know you.”
On a side note: All these covers of the Infernal Devices are stunning! I love the details and artwork that has gone into them; the characters on the front covers, with the images of London and the clockwork.
In my last review for Clockwork Angel, I said that if I didn’t know any better Will could be related to Jace in some way. I could mentally slap myself on the head because they actually are related. It’s been so long since I read TMI that I have forgotten that Jace is a Herondale, not a Wayland. No wonder they are alike! Sometimes I do think they are the same people, except I think Jace is more arrogant. And also “never trust a duck.”