Clockwork Prince: 2 Biblioteksbindning – 1 September 2015
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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.
--"Los Angeles Times", December 2011
"A purple page turner."
"--Kirkus Reviews, "November 2011
"Clare delivers in this trilogy second. . . . Really very well done. Be sure to start with the first in the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Angel, to best enjoy this tale."
-- Romantic Times Book Review, December 2011
"This novel offers mystery, adventure, and, most importantly, a delicious love triangle. . . . It will not disappoint fans and it will definitely leave them eager for the conclusion of the trilogy."
--"SLJ", January 2012
- Utgivare : Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. utgåvan (1 September 2015)
- Språk : Engelska
- Biblioteksbindning : 560 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 0606378952
- ISBN-13 : 978-0606378956
- Läsarålder : 14 - 17 år
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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.
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.
Rejoining Tessa, Will and Jem right where we left them, Cassandra Clare continues the previously begun journey whilst opening new doors.
Tessa attempts to learn more about herself and to figure out the dark corners of her heart, but I was happy to see that she remained true to herself: a Victorian young lady dropped into the middle of magic, science and mystery and with two very handsome young boys.
Although we came to know Will and Jem in Clockwork Angel, I was thrilled when we got even further insight into their past, personality, character, hidden desires and workings of their mind in this amazing sequel. Seeing them develop was great and has left me wondering where they will take us next!
What initially appeared to be an intricately designed plot, turned out to be an out branching devious master plan, reaching in places I had not suspect, with unseen plots and characters that took me by surprise.
Tessa and her friends had me racing down London streets, attending demonic masked balls and trying to figure out what the enemy's plan actually is. Needless to say I have tried and failed miserably.
When reading this sequel I felt I had never left Victorian London in the first place. The style of writing was faithful to the ambience whilst maintaining a magically scientific mysterious edge.
Clockwork Prince had me gasping out-loud, blushing and shouting "No!" at every twist and turn. It was a sequel that had a lot to live up to, given the extraordinary Clockwork Angel, but it met and exceeded all my expectations! Given Cassandra Clare's success so far in writing these amazing stories, I can only begin to imagine what kind of finale Clockwork Princess has in store for us! Question is how are will we cope whilst waiting to find out!!!
If you liked this: I would recommend The Mortal Instruments series. A not entirely dissimilar or similar series that I would also suggest is "Die For Me" by Amy Plum. Beautifully cast in an architecturally artistic area of Paris, sheltered from tourists another paranormal YA story unfolds.