Friday, December 23, 2011

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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. 

 I actually enjoyed this book more than the first book (Clockwork Angel). In fact, I was in New York City and I actually wanted to rush home to our hotel and read instead of being out on the town. What does that say about a book?! I just am so impressed by the type of author Cassandra Clare is and how she can construct a practically perfect book. Her character, Will, impresses me the most. Clare has been able to construct the perfect mix of a tortured soul, with humanity, passion, brutality, and most of all, compassion. But the characters aren't the only impressive part. This book has so many twists and turns to keep you begging on your knees for more. I have hardly ever felt that much rage for a sequel since I learned how to read. This book is the sure read for anyone who lacks a satisfying reading experience. Don't hesitate to buy it because once you read it, you'll need it.    Plot: 5/5 stars   Cover: 4/5 stars   -Katie

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