Christmas Awards 2011

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: McElderry Books

December 2011

ISBN: 978-1-4169-7588-5

Pages: 498

Steampunk, Victorian London & other parts of England

Tessa Gray has finally found a safe place with the Shadowhunters but that safety is proving to be all too fleeting as rogue forces in the world of the Shadowhunters are trying to get Tessa’s protector, Charlotte, removed as the head of the London Institute.  If Charlotte is no longer running the Institute than Tessa will be out on the streets by herself with no way to protect herself from the Magister.  The Magister is the person who is determined to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. 

With help from both Will, who has a tendency to be self-destructive and the deeply devoted Jem, Tessa find that the Magister’s war against the Shadowhunters is very personal.  The Magister blames the Shadowhutners for a tragedy that shattered his life.  To find the truth they are going to have to travel to a Yorkshire manor house that has untold horrors.  They will also have to go from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa learns the truth of her parentage is a lot more sinister than she had thought. 

When a clockwork demon delivers a warning to Will they find that somehow the Magister knows all their moves and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds herself drawn more and more to Jem while she also longs for Will.  Though something is changing in Will and the walls he has built around himself are coming down.  Will finding the Magister give Tessa the answers she is seeking about herself and will it finally free Will from the secrets he is keeping? The danger increases the more they search for the Magister.

This is another great story in the trilogy.  The story pulls the reader into the world of clockwork devises and has so many twists and turns that the reader will want to read this one straight through.  The reader will never see some of the twists this one takes and it will leave readers desperately reading just to see what comes next.  The plot is well written and will have readers guessing what is going on and just what will happen next.  The story will also have readers wanting the last book in the trilogy just to see how it all ends.

I give this one 4-1/2 red roses 

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