The Infernal Devices continues with it’s second book: Clockwork Prince! So far, this trilogy from the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare is one of my favourites. Clockwork Prince is an amazing book with a great story. After reading Clockwork Angel, I was a bit scared of its sequel, but I’m glad I picked it up. It changed my mind about the entire trilogy. Enjoy my spoiler free review!
“The fog was thick, muffling song and sight. Where it parted, Will Herondale could see the street rising ahead of him, slick and wet and black with rain, and he could hear the voices of the death. Not all Shadowhunters could hear ghosts, unless the ghosts chose to be heard, but Will was one of those who could. As he approached the old cemetery, their voices rose in a ragged chorus – wails and pleading, cried and snars. This was not a peaceful burial ground, but Will knew that. It was not his first visit to the Cross Bones Graveyard near London Bridge. He did his best to block out the noises, hunching his shoulders so that his collar covered his ears, head down, a fine mist of rain dampening his black hair.”
Tessa has found safety with the Shadowhunters, but this safety is threatened when rogue forces in the Clave want to see Charlotte removed as head of the Institute. Meanwhile, Tessa, Will and Jem discover that de Magister’s war against the Shadowhunters is very personal. The war against the Magister’s Clockwork army continues, and the Shadowhunters find themselves betrayed be one of their own.
By the Angel… Where do I even begin!? Clockwork Prince is amazing. In my review of Clockwork Angel (book one in the trilogy), I was really negative about the whole thing, but I gave it all some time to sink in before continuing with book two and I’m very glad I did.
In Clockwork Angel, I simply could not imagine this Victorian London/England it took place in. But after letting it sink in, thinking about it and just daydreaming on my long train journeys, I found it super easy to imagine the world while reading Clockwork Prince. It suddenly all felt beautiful and amazing and wonderful and I never wanted it to end!
The characters are real and believable and I absolutely love them. I even like the love triangle!Cassandra Clare has written these characters to beautifully that I cannot pick a side. I love both Will and Jem. Can Tessa end up with both?! Please?! Anyway, I just really love the way the characters are written als that the story is written from the different perspectives of these characters. There’s also plenty of scene with Magnus in them and that made me very happy.
Clockwork Prince was perfectly paced. It wasn’t rushed, it wasn’t going too slow, like I said: It was perfect. My problem while reading Clockwork Angel was that I felt such lack of action. I just read the action-packed City of Glass so that was a huge letdown. When I read Clockwork Prince, I was prepared for that “lack” of action, so it didn’t bother me at all. There’s some great adventure and the plot twists were amazing. In this case, the adventure is more important than the action
Even though the plot was great and I enjoyed reading it, I didn’t really feel like there was a lot of development in the overall story of the trilogy. There’s so many options for things that could happen to get this story along, but much nothing really happened. Did they find what they were looking for? Nope! Did they finally figure out what Tessa is? Nope! Was there a lot of new information and scenes we didn’t actually need?! Ehh, yeah, kind of. It didn’t bother me too much, but I feel like it needed to be said.
My review of Clockwork Prince including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
I loved and enjoyed Clockwork Prince a whole lot. I didn’t take long to finish it and it the story and characters stayed with me like they were actual, real life people. There wasn’t a dull moment and I kept wondering about what was going to happen constantly! There’s lots of room for improvement, but I think it’s definitely worth 4/5!
About Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Prince is book two in The Infernal Devices, a trilogy in the Shadowhunter Chronicles by New York Times Bestselling Author Cassandra Clare. The Shadowhunter Chronicles are set in the Shadow World. The Infernal Devices is a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. The sequel The Dark Artifices came out in March 2016.
I also reviewed other books from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. You can find them in my Review Archive.