Clockwork Prince

Description from Goodreads:

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.


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare has 502 pages and was published in 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books.

Clare’s second installment in The Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Prince, is quite an enjoyable read. I am a fan of The Mortal Instruments series but I must admit that I think I prefer this series. Clare has once again done an amazing job with character development and world-building.

In this book, readers find out more about each of the characters from the previous book. Charlotte and Henry play a much bigger role and their relationship is just so cute. I love Henry’s absentmindedness and Charlotte’s fierce determination to run the institute – despite being a woman.

Another character that I absolutely love is Jem.  His adoration for Tessa is adorable. However, the love triangle between Tessa, Jem and Will is somewhat irritating. Hello, Tessa. They are both great guys. Just make a decision already.


I just kept looking for Jessamine to be redeemed. I won’t say whether she was or wasn’t, but come on! I was not expecting what happens. That’s for sure!

Overall, I think that Clare has done it again. I have really enjoyed this series so far and I look forward to reading the third and last book, Clockwork Princess.

I would recommend reading The Infernal Devices before The Mortal Instruments.

Rating:  5 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.


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