This book was sent to me an embarrassingly long time ago by Michelle over at Simon and Schuster Canada, and I first wanted to shriek THANK YOU! To her and them, as they have been very good to me despite my lollygagging.
Clockwork Prince is the much awaited sequel to Clockwork Angel and, although extremely excited that this book was coming out, I have to admit to being a wee bit nervous that it was not going to live up to book one. Which makes me want to poke sticks in my eyes when that happens.
But, alas, it did not happen this time! Clockwork Prince picks up where we left off in the story and is just as delightfully written as the first one.
We are taken back to the underworld of Victorian London Steampunk style, where Tessa Gray is still living safely among the Shadowhunters. But not for long as it is soon discovered that the Magistrate will stop at nothing to obtain Tessa and her powers to use for his own evil purposes. With the help of the dark and handsomely disturbed Will, and silvery glittery Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magistrates war on the Shadowhunters is a deeply personal one that is fueled by revenge.
The beauty of this story is two-fold. One, it is set in the enticing Victorian era with a twist. There are mechanical machines that are used as the Magistrates minions, and Clare's use of them is terrifying and reads like a movie script. There is magic and demons, and Clare has an extremely imaginative mind that creates the creepiest of visions in your head. Like the Warlock that comes to dinner with the 4th knuckle on each of his 6 fingers. Ick. Or the striking "woman" in the red dress with a long slit up the back to reveal her snake-like tail underneath. There are so any more visuals like that but done in such a believable way that it only adds to the setting and the story in general.
The second, and possible the best part, is the ongoing love triangle between Tessa, hot hot HOT Will, and sweet and nice Jem. Will is tortured, to be sure, and he vacillates between being a total dick to clutching her to him in a mad fever. Huh? No wonder she is so confused! And Jem is the quintessential "nice" guy who is always loyally by her side, and Will's and well pretty much the loyal guy that everyone can count on. Plus he has the hots for Tessa, and he's dying, so this all makes him pretty interesting.
The thing that I love about Cassandra Clare's writing, with this series anyway as I have not read the other one, is that the reason for Will's behaviour is a completely plausible one and an actually very satisfying one within the realm of the world that she created. You know how when you read a book, and often times a YA one, that the author seems to pull a completely obscure and ridiculous answer to a mystery or reason for a person's behaviour out of their ass and you are yanked out of the story and so utterly pissed off that you feel like heaving the book into the nearest fire pit?
Okay, maybe that's just me.
ANYway, I loved it. And since it was left as a relatively nice cliff hanger I can't WAIT for the next one to come out! The next book will be called Clockwork Princess and it will be released March 19, 2013!!
Thank you Cassandra Clare for creating this amazing world and the creatures in it!
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And for information on her other series, The Mortal Instruments you can click here.
RATING: 4.5 STARS