Clockwork Prince

Posted April 7, 2017 by in Fantasy

The Novel

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: December 6th 2011
Synopsis: 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.

We liked:

Character development, the world, STEAMPUNK, Jem is a sweet baby angel.

We disliked:

Slow pacing in the beginning
In the end

Clockwork Prince picks up the pace for the Infernal Devices trilogy. Clare takes the groundwork she established in the previous novel and starts to take the story in interesting ways. Fans of The Mortal Instruments will find the familiar beats that they like, but slightly different as Clare loosens up and tries new things with the narrative. That is except for Jace 2.0: Will.





Writing Style


Total Score

11/ 14

by Alexandra
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I loved The Mortal Instruments so when I found out that Cassandra Clare was writing another trilogy I was really excited. But the first book was kind of a disappointment. Like many people I felt that the new series was just a rehashing of The Mortal Instruments, but this time it took place in Victorian London.

The character archetypes were pretty much the same. We had a leading lady who was introduced to a new world. A hot boy who had a bad attitude, a best guy friend who falls in love with our leading lady. Finally, another female character who makes our lead feel uncomfortable in her own skin just because she’s just that good looking. Everything was just so familiar.

Even though I was a little disappointed by the first book, I dutifully picked up the sequel. It gathered dust on my shelf for a couple of months until I finally gave in and thought: “well hell, it can’t be that bad” and finally read it.

And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised.

Clockwork Prince picks up pretty soon after we left off in Clockwork Angel. Tessa and her Shadowhunter friends are still trying to solve the mystery of Tessa’s origins while they also look into stopping the dangerous Magister. On top of that Tessa, needs to decide which boy she wants: the gentle Jem or the wild and crazy Will.

This book packs in just the right amount of teen angst with the steam-punk inspired fantasy. Cassandra Clare built off of the basics of the first book in a clever and refreshing way. She starts to give these new characters a different feel then her contemporary crew in The Mortal Instruments. For most of them at least. Will and Jace still share a lot of characteristics which I can’t ignore.

I think my appreciation for these book still steams from her first series. In The Mortal Instruments I came to love the Shadowhunter World and this prequel series is able to expand this love. But The Infernal Devices leans on the books that came before it. I am still excited for the final book in this trilogy. When it is released I will do a more informative critique of the series. There’s no real point in analyzing the picture until I have all the pieces.

That being said there is something that I want to look at, but it’s extremely entrenched in spoilers. If you’ve read the book or want to ruin it for yourself read that here.

So to sum it all up. Clockwork Prince was enjoyable and renewed my interest in the series.


This review was originally posted to Blogger in 2012.

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About the Author


Alexandra is always looking for the next book she can devour. She has a love hate relationship with teen fiction specifically when it comes to fantasy, post apocalyptic and failed shakespeare adaptations.