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2 Min Book Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Clockwork Prince is the second of The Infernal Devices trilogy, which is part of the Shadowhunters world. Tessa Fray remains at The Institute in 19th Century London, where she continues to search for her heritage and helps the Clave in the battle with Mortmain’s clockwork army.

The Good

- Concerning my review of Clockwork Angel, Tessa is able to visit more of London, mostly with Jem as her tour guide. Yay!

-There is so much growth in this book: characters, plot and world-building. It was so interesting and lovely to learn more about Charlotte, Henry, Sophie, the Lightwoods and especially Will. Will’s past had a significant place in this book. I loved the chance to feel closer to the characters in this one and for their lives to continue evolving.

- There’s more romance, more steam and more Magnus.

- The story-lines centered around family, friendships and relationships. Past, present and future. It had all the feels. (Jem and Will. Oh, Tessa!)

-Tessa continues the search of her bloodline, with hopeful progress.

-The Clave become aware of the genuine threat of Mortmain, which sets up some powerful things for book 3.

- Jem uses music as an emotional outlet, which is such an authentic human experience.

- Clare’s writing is so fluid and natural. I especially enjoy the dialogue tags.

- This book is my favourite in the series so far, and it sets up a (hopefully) dynamic conclusion in the next book.

The Bad

- I didn’t come across anything! I felt as though Tessa’s character was outshone a little by the others, but I really enjoyed reading about them. It didn’t bother me.


“You said he was blue. This one is blue.”

“He is blue,” Will acknowledged, stepping closer to the circle of flame. “But the demon I need—well, he was really a cobalt blue. This one is more… periwinkle.”

What did you call me?” The demon roared with rage. “Come closer little Shadowhunter, and let me feast upon your liver! I will tear it from your body while you scream.

Will turned to Magnus. “He doesn’t sound right either. The voice is different. And the number of eyes.”

“I do like him,’ he [Magnus] said, “though rather despite myself. I thought him a pretty bit of poison to start with, but I have come around. There is a soul underneath all that bravado. And he is really alive, one of the most alive people I have ever met. When he feels something, it is as bright and sharp as lightning.”

“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.”

"She felt as if someone had reached inside her chest and unlocked a box that held her heart, spilling tenderness like new blood through her veins. Never had she felt such an overwhelming urge to fiercely protect another person, to wrap her arms around someone else and curl up tightly with them, alone and away from the rest of the world."

5 stars

Read: Sept 2019

Published: 2011



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