The Infernal Devices 2: Clockwork Prince Kindle Edition
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As well as a ridiculous skill for making you fall in love with her characters, Cassandra Clare really knows how to spin an addicting and all-consuming plot. The impending threat of Mortmain, the fear of Charlotte losing the Institute and wondering what on earth Jessamine was up to made me nearly unable to stop after ‘just one more chapter’ as I kept telling myself. The action was furiously paced and had me holding my breath and the softer down times often had me grinning like an idiot.
I love everything that Cassandra Clare writes, even though she writes horrible cliffhangers, and I am beyond ready for Clockwork Princess.
A triumph of a book. Cassandra Clare never disappoints and I am sure that this book will have all the success that it truly deserves. Clockwork Prince is out everywhere in two days’ time, so be sure to pick up a copy. You won't regret it, I promise. Warning: The ending may break your heart a little. ― YA Book Reads
Clockwork Prince blends together romance and none stop action seamlessly, Cassie Clare showing other Young Adult authors how paranormal romance is done. ― Jess Hearts Books
During Queen Victoria’s reign, London’s downworld is full of supernatural creatures in turmoil. Shadowhunters are tryng to irradicate demons, including Will, who changes when his past is revealed. Other Shadowhunters attempt to find out what their enemy, Mortmain, wants with Tessa. Links between different characters made the story unpredictable. I loved it – can’t wait for the next one! ― Tesco Magazine Book Club
Highly recommended for anyone looking for thrilling action, hilarious asides and genuine emotion – all in one great book. ― Mountains of Instead --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Print length : 529 pages
- Publisher : Walker Books (6 December 2011)
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The writer has really developed into her style with these stories and the Clockwork Prince adds on to the story from Clockwork Angel. We find more about Will's past which makes us come to like him as we probably didnt in the last book.
The reasons behind his nature and for holding everyone at arms length are more apparent and you actually see the tortured soul beneath his rough exterior. He obviously cares far more for some of the other people at the London Institute than he would ever let on. But is it too little too late?
I cant wait to read the third book in this series and find out who Tessa eventually chooses, although either choice will leave me heartbroken for the one she doesnt choose.
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"Love and lies can corrupt even the purest heart..."
I've enjoyed my share of fantasy worlds, but very few are as potent and powerful as Cassandra Clare's. With The Mortal Instruments series I was awed, with The Infernal Devices, I am in complete shock with how confidently Clare creates and how high she keeps the quality.
It's utterly bewitching.
Clockwork Prince follows on smashingly from Clockwork Angel, and is a suspenseful sequel full of mystery and magic right from the get-go.
Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)
Tessa Gray and the shadowhunters of London search tirelessly for the evil Magister before he can destroy them, but their enemy has vanished.
With him go the secrets to Tessa's past.
Intent on the truth, our cast throw themselves down dark paths, ready and willing to fight the creatures that dwell there.
But as emotions and histories arise to cloud their judgement, enemies descend.
And they descend from within...
Plot - 4.5/5 Stars
We've already established that the series' world is supernaturally awesome, and the author instantly drives that home from beginning to end. I would've liked a little more recap near the beginning, some more tidbits to help jog those memories from the first book, but overall, Clare does a fantastic job of pulling together the many, many threads and giving them meaning.
The overhanging 'big plots' demand answers: Tessa's origin; Mortmain's whereabouts and dastardly plans; Jem's illness; the threat of traitors; the will-they-won't-they romance (not usually so keen on heavy romance, and Clockwork Prince definitely has a sharp focus on it, but there's also a healthy dose of the fantastical to keep it balanced). The amount of story is just amazing, and all of it resolutely riveting.
While not as urgent as its predecessor, this entry to the series does manage to pull together some tragic and massive events, and the good spattering of adrenaline-infused action is glorious. The twist with Jessamine as the traitor is sadly not surprising. The blurb on the back of the book hints at a betrayer, and instead of secrecy, Clare all but puts a neon sign above Jessamine's head.
We're also treated to an almost joyous ending that I did not expect. There are obviously surprises to darken the light, but it's full of happiness. The author ensures it won't last though; there are so many things hanging precariously over the edge of a cliff that it's insane to even think about happiness.
Personally, while I do love the ending to Clockwork Prince, as a bridge between the first and last entries of the trilogy, it isn't as action-packed or engaging as I hoped it'd be.
Pace - 4/5 Stars
Overall, there's so much going on that it's a bloody pleasure to adventure through this novel. The progression of the plot is solid; the characters and their developments are gold; and the writing is smooth and makes for wonderful reading.
For me, though, there can sometimes be too much of a spotlight on the love triangle consisting of Tessa, Jem and Will. If it weren't for the phenomenal overall experience and the way everything fits together perfectly, I'd have hated the focus on romance. Scenes can also meander a little sometimes.
Characters - 4.5/5 Stars
The cast are as infectious and distinctive as the first novel built them to be. The varying personalities and flavours of humour hit the mark, and the camaraderie is unflinching. Clockwork Prince spends a lot of its time working through our characters' pasts, expanding them and giving us clearer motives and insights. The balance with the plot is stellar.
Perhaps the biggest part to this entry is the love triangle. Yep, we have a tumultuous and terribly risky romance on several different fronts. You know how I feel about heavy, lovey-dovey romance, but there are instances where I'm guilty of being a big softy, and this is one. Credit mostly goes to the three involved (and of course the author): Tessa, Jem and Will.
Tessa didn't sit perfectly with me in Clockwork Angel, there's just something missing. I can't put my finger on exactly what it is in Clockwork Prince that pulls her together, but she finally fits. Her stoicism and bravery are awe-inspiring, and the love she holds for both Jem and Will is natural and understandable. Clare gets it exactly right. Instead of coming across as sly and greedy, you really feel Tessa's confusion.
Along with her love interests, all three are hugely likable, to the point that you don't want to see any of them hurt, be that physically or emotionally.
The rest of the cast also worm their way into your heart, with the exception of poor Jessamine. Her plot, while solid, doesn't strike in the way it could have if there'd been more surprise to her intentions.
Writing - 5/5 Stars
Hauntingly beautiful. I adore Clare's style and structure.
Overall - 4.5/5 Stars
Doesn't quite reach its predecessor's height, but Clockwork Prince is a damn fine novel that comes mighty close.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Jem, he is the sweetest, loveliest, most precious boy ever and I want him to be so so happy, but the chemistry between Will and Tessa is just everything. The whole time I was reading about the cute moments between Jem and Tessa, although it was adorable, part of me was always sat there thinking about how upset Will was going to be (though I probably would’ve felt the same if Jem and Will’s roles were reversed).
Will also went through some serious character development in this book and I am so happy that his rude behaviour did come with a justifiable excuse! When I read ‘Clockwork Princess’ I know I’m just going to be waiting for Will and Tessa to get together. BUT I DON’T WANT JEM TO BE UPSET SO IT’S DIFFICULT!
I have also grown to like Tessa a lot more in this book as she really grew into a badass woman who wasn’t going to be told by anyone that she couldn’t go out to fight with and protect her friends.
I also loved the moments between Henry and Charlotte near the end of this book, I am honestly so happy that they’ve finally communicated properly and can now just be happy together. Plus there was quite a lot of Magnus in ‘Clockwork Prince’ which I definitely enjoyed.
I can’t wait to see where ‘Clockwork Princess’ takes the ending of this wonderful series and I’m excited to get answers to my MANY questions.
Side mentions to the Henry and Charlotte story line, much love and need for more of Magnus Bane and all the intrigue over Will’s sister. I’m not jumping straight into CLOCKWORK PRINCESS because I’m not quite ready for the tension but I can’t wait to read the completion all the same.
After the events of the first book I knew things were going to become a lot more dangerous and complicated for Tessa, Jem and Will, both in their relationships with each other and with their lives. You can really tell how well thought out the series is when things happen in this book which relate back to events in Clockwork Angel that didn’t even really seem relevant. You see how Mortmain has been preparing for things for so long and the more you learn about him the more sinister he seems.
I know a lot of people don’t enjoy love triangles on principle and I can be put off a book because of a love triangle, but if it’s well done then it doesn’t bother me at all. This series has an incredibly well done love triangle. I can’t even pick a side because I love both the guys and I can tell that whatever happens I will have my heart broken in the third book.
We get to learn a lot more about each of the characters in this book, Tessa becomes a lot more confident in her abilities and as a person on her own, we get to see more of Jem and how wonderful he is, and we finally find out why Will acts the way he does. I don’t even want to talk about how upsetting Will’s back story is, I just want to give him a big hug.
There’s so much Magnus compared to the rest of the books in the Shadowhunters verse than we’ve seen before and I was so happy to read the parts which featured him, he’s so a wonderful, loveable character.
I can’t believe that I’m finally getting towards the end of the shadowhunters books. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I get to Lady Midnight, it’ll be weird having to wait for a new book.
Clockwork Prince is the amazing second book in the Infernal Devices series with romance, humour action and a well written love triangle. I love the references to what is to come in the Mortal Instruments as it really connects the two series together.
The characters are the same people that we come loved from the last book but they have grown in strength and are even more complex. Thought I normally hate love triangles this book is the exception as I don't know who I want Tessa to end up with and I don't know how Clare will resolve it without hurting anyone.
I love this book and cannot wait to see how this series ends with Clockwork Princess. I would recommend Clockwork Prince to readers of Clockwork Angel or the Mortal Instruments series.