by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published on December 6th, 2011
by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, Young Adult
Narrator: Ed Westwick, Heather Lind
Length: 15 hours 39 minutes
Source: Purchased for Audible
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Also by this author: The Iron Trial, The Iron Trial
The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood. In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.
I loved Clockwork Angel (see my review here), the first book in the Infernal Devices series and I had high expectations for its sequel. Clockwork Prince did not disappoint and it was, if possible, even better. I think I can now make my peace with Ms. Clare.
It is not common to find such a rating for a book in Goodreads, so I know that many others share my opinion. It is difficult to review Clockwork Angel, without giving away what happened in the previous book, so I apologize right now for being so vague. Tessa continues her search of her identity and keeps helping the London Institute in their investigations. As you know from my previous review, both Jem and Will are in love with Tessa. This aspect is explored more deeply in this book, culminating with an engagement (my lips are sealed, so go look for spoilers somewhere else!) and a big discovery by Will (one that I’m afraid I already suspected).
Mortimer is searched, speculated, and talked about, but does not appear in the book at all. I wonder what would happen in the last book when they do find him. A LOT happens in this book though. There are deaths, betrayals, love, discoveries, alliances and romance, so don’t despair.
What else can I say about Clare’s writing that I haven’t already said? She is a master of her craft. Not only is her writing incredibly good, but the world built around the Shadowhunters is perfection as well.
This ending was one of the worst and most cruel cliffhangers I have ever had the debatable pleasure of reading. It’s a very good thing that I’m reading this series after all the books were published, or I would have been extremely upset about this fact. Needless to say, I will be reading Clockwork Princess very soon.
About the Audio Book: I liked this narration much better than the previous one. The main difference is that Clockwork Prince has a female and a male narrator. It makes listening to the book more interesting. I adore the accents and the inflection of these actors and I think the pace is more than adequate. This is the second book that I’ve listen to in which Heather Lind is a narrator and I recognized her voice immediately from Blood Read Road.
About the Cover: Another beautiful cover! This is Jem, in all his glory, all silver and light. A proper gentleman with London in the background and his dragon head walking stick. *Dreamy*
Have you finished this series already? What did you think? Will I love the conclusion?