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Series or standalone? Second book in the series
I read the: UK paperback
Where can I buy this? Here! (via thebookdepository)
Goodreads: Right here!
First Sentence: "The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight."
Favourite quote: “We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. 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.”
Synopsis: 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.
Cassandra Clare truly made this book amazing, as always. The Shadow world is one that has always fascinated me, since I first read City of Bones two years ago. I don't think I find any fantastical worlds as cool or as interesting as the TMI/TID universe (apart from Harry Potter ofc). I am just so into this sort of thing and I simply cannot wait for Shadowhunters coming on ABC Family next year!
Anyways, to get on with the review...
I just love the characters so much. Tessa is my queen and Will and Jem are my baes. I love how all of them (protagonists or not) undergo some serious character development and how they change for the better. I'm not going to into much detail, because Clockwork Prince is a sequel.
However, I'd just like to say that the love triangle between Tessa, Jem and Will is the only bearable one out of all the love triangles I've read about in young adult literature. That is because, whenever Tessa was with Will, I couldn't help but root for Will. And whenever Tessa was with Jem, I couldn't help but root for Jem. Everything was so confusing, but at the same time, satisfactory? I really don't know. And even though I know what happens in the end, because I read both City of Heavenly Fire and the Bane Chronicles before reading Clockwork Prince -which was definitely a mistake- I couldn't help but root for both of the boys every time Tessa was alone with each one of them.
Another thing I really liked about the book, as every other book of Cassandra Clare's, was Cassie's writing. She could really make you feel as if you were roaming the streets of Victorian London, searching for Mortmain. I also really enjoyed the fact that almost all of the main characters had third point perspectives. I think it's important to see how characters (besides the protagonists) feel about the situations they find themselves into.
This book really left me speechless. I laughed, cried and yelled desperately at the characters. I was left wanting more. So, it's a good thing I thought ahead and got Clockwork Princess, before I finished Clockwork Prince. The book ended in such a way that made me flail my hands with excitement and shock.
Onto Clockwork Princess! I've been told that this one will make cry like a friggin baby.
How would you rate this book? Let me know in the comments!