Monday, May 13, 2013

Read - Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
2011
498 pages

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.


*** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ***
This second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy picks up pretty much where the first one left off.  After the events of the first book, Charlotte's ability to head the London Institute is challenged by a rival.  The Consul gives her two weeks to produce some results and prove herself, or she will lose all she has worked for.  And so we are thrust right back into the hunt for the evil Magister, and for Tessa's brother Nate.  Along the way, Tessa wonders more and more just what she is.  A warlock?  A Shadowhunter?  Some sort of Downworlder mix?  She also finds herself drawn more to kind and gentle Jem after Will's nastiness at the end of the first book, and his constant pushing away.

I had mixed feelings about this book.  While it should have been right up my alley with several emotional storylines, it also seemed to add a lot more extra stuff into it.  The plot has become complicated.  Most of time I couldn't even keep track of who had done what to who and how it was all connected.  I hate when authors do that!  I also never really felt anything for Tessa and Jem as a couple when she was constantly thinking about Will.  Then again, I didn't feel anything for Tessa and Will as a couple either.  So much time was spent swooning over how beautiful he was, and that got old fast.  I was also disappointed (but not surprised) that things followed the usual Cassandra Clare format, right down to the party that needed to be infiltrated.

I'm just not thrilled with the automatons aspect of this story.  Thankfully there wasn't too much with them in this book.

There was a sort of Harry Potter feel to this book.  There were bits of magic and . . . hello . . . does anyone else see Arthur Weasley in the Henry character??  Only made more bumbling and goofy too a ridiculous degree?

Still, I did enjoy this book and am anxious to read the third/final book.  I'm just as curious as anyone to see 'what' Tessa is, and how the love triangle will be resolved.  (I do know who she will end up with, I just don't know how the events play out to get to that point.)  Everyone says the next book as amazing.  I hope so!

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