Saturday, February 18, 2012

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Genre:  YA Steampunk Fantasy
Infernal Devices Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Cassandra Clare's website):
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, but 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.

If you enjoy young adult paranormal fantasy reads, then you have to read Cassandra Clare's books.  And my best recommendation is to read them in the order they were published in.  That means starting with The Mortal Instruments and working your way to the Infernal Devices (and then weaving in between series).  I love the Infernal Devices because they are set in historical London.

Now to the second one in a series.  Very rarely will the second book in a series ever be someone's favorite.  I felt the same way with this one.  Don't get me wrong, it was written by Cassandra Clare which means it's still awesome.  And if you're someone who loves love triangles, this book has perfected it.  As much as I love Jem, I love Will a little bit more.  And I have a guess as to what will be happening in the next book (but we'll see in another year, won't we?).

There wasn't enough action for me.  Nor enough background, description, and answers.  But it did a wonderful job of keeping me interested and mystified.  Like almost all second books, it's an accordion from the beginning to the end.  But even with the destination in mind, it's still nice to see the sights along the way.

Challenges:  Young Adult Reading Challenge

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