Love and lies can can corrupt even the purest heart… Second in the bestselling prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, set in Victorian London. Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. Welcome to my review of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.
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…
This review will be completely free from spoilers and follows from my previous review of Clockwork Angel. The first instalment to The Infernal Devices trilogy.
The Characters and World Building
The characters are the reason this didn’t get a full five stars for me. Although I loved that we found out more about Will and why he acts the way he does. Furthermore, I loved that we got to see Tessa’s feelings come to life. But then it started to annoy me that she was so torn. Usually, I am all for a love triangle. However, on this occasion it really started to bug me that she just totally got away with leading two really close friends up the garden path. She gets her happily ever after, while one of them remains tortured!
As much as I adore Jem. He is by far my favourite character. But I almost feel like their little end of the triangle just shouldn’t have happened. It didn’t need to happen. There was so much going on already with Jem and Will. Did they really need Tessa tugging their heartstrings left, right and centre as well? I think not!
Not much of my feelings towards the world building has changed since Clockwork Angel. I still loved the whole London setting and way we get to go back in time with the shadowhunters.
The Story Progression and Plot
The story progression was excellent! This was my favourite part of the book. Some major events take place in this book. It felt great because I find that sequels feel like “filler” books and not much seems to happen but that was not the case in Clockwork Prince. We got to find out some key information surrounding the main characters that both shocked and amazed me multiple times over. Unfortunately, I can’t say much more without bordering into spoiler territory. But mark my words, it’s a whirlwind!
I want to also comment on my experience with the audiobook while I’m here. I LOVED it. Ed Westwick’s voice was like silk. I didn’t like that it kept switching between voices though. I kinda wish Ed was narrating the entire thing, not gonna lie. But it was so well done, regardless. The passion was so well executed. Also, how Ed managed to switch from English to American accents like it was nothing blew my mind! Hardly surprising to most after all those years as Chuck in Gossip Girl but still, I was impressed!
I hope you guys enjoyed my review of Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. Stay tuned for my next review, Clockwork Princess!