Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare’s creative take on mundanes, warlocks, werewolves, angels and faeries created a wonderful world of fantasy that is just too good to pass up.

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: December 6, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover, 528 pages

Price: CND $22.99

Websites: AmazonChapters | Indigo, GoodReads

DESCRIPTION

The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!

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.

REVIEW

This novel cements Cassandra Clare as another genius with her witty dialogue, incredibly fully-formed plots. Her creative take on mundanes, warlocks, werewolves, angels and faeries created a wonderful world of fantasy that is just too good to pass up. I know of not one person who dislikes this series and that says a LOT.

I really love Tessa.. I like how no matter what situation she’s put in, she always wants to do the right thing. I like how she talks back to Will and usually shuts him up. I like how she’s not a knockout but beautiful in her own way. I definitely like how she never lets anyone walk all over her. She’s definitely a heroine to admire.

As for the heavy love triangle set from the previous novel Clockwork Angel, we find Tessa torn between Will and Jem once again. Yet the scenes that we find them in are hotter, more *Ahem* modern and quite well sexy. Can I just say how lucky Tessa is to be caught between two wonderful guys? I mean really, of these guys were real, they’d definitely be keepers.

I also love the time period that Cassandra Claere set the book in. The time where women are revered and classy, and men are gentleman, gracious and well-mannered. It’s romantic even to have the man pursue the woman and have chaperoned dates, and ask the father for their permission.

RATING 5/5


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QUOTES

“I had come to think I would never love anyone, but I love her.”—Will (page 140)

“Still, there are always some men like that—just one woman for them, and only she will do, or nothing.”—Ragnor (page 171)

“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?”—Will (page 291)

“It is always better to live the truth than to live a lie.”—Magnus (page 413)

“But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. That you were the center of everything I did and felt an thought.”—Jem (page 430)

“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you will not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life—whatever its length—happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than u have ever wanted anything else in my life.”—Jem (page 430)

“I love you, Tessa, and I have loved you, almost since the moment I met you.”—Will (page 464)


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