Review: ‘Clockwork Prince’ by Cassandra Clare

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Clockwork Prince’ by Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on December 6th, 2011
Genres: Angels, Love & Romance, Supernatural, Vampires, Young Adult
Pages: 502
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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This novel cements Cassandra Clare as another genius with her witty dialogue, and incredibly fully-formed plots. Her creative take on mundanes, warlocks, werewolves, angels and faeries created a wonderful world of fantasy that is just too good to pass up. I know of not one person who dislikes this series and that says a LOT.

I really love Tessa.. I like how no matter what situation she’s put in, she always wants to do the right thing. I like how she talks back to Will and usually shuts him up. I like how she’s not a knockout but beautiful in her own way. I definitely like how she never lets anyone walk all over her. She’s definitely a heroine to admire.

As for the heavy love triangle set from the previous novel Clockwork Angel, we find Tessa torn between Will and Jem once again. Yet the scenes that we find them in are hotter, more Ahem modern and quite well sexy. Can I just say how lucky Tessa is to be caught between two wonderful guys? I mean really, of these guys were real, they’d definitely be keepers.

I also love the time period that Cassandra Claere set the book in. The time where women are revered and classy, and men are gentleman, gracious and well-mannered. It’s romantic even to have the man pursue the woman and have chaperoned dates, and ask the father for their permission.



I had come to think I would never love anyone, but I love her. (140)
Still, there are always some men like that—just one woman for them, and only she will do, or nothing. (171)
I have wanted to do this, every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you. But you know that. You must know. Don’t you? (291)
It is always better to live the truth than to live a lie. (413)
But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you. That you were the center of everything I did and felt an thought. (430)
I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you will not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life—whatever its length—happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than u have ever wanted anything else in my life. (430)
I love you, Tessa, and I have loved you, almost since the moment I met you. (464)





  1. rohimba

    November 30, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    I loved this book so much too! Cassandra Clare is truly a talented writer…

  2. Diana Grace

    April 22, 2014 at 3:44 AM

    Great review! I cried in this book. I cannot believe it was that heartbreaking. And I totally agree with you, Tessa is one lucky girl.

    P.S. I’m team Will though <3
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  3. Yusra

    April 10, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    I think this book was the perfect way to make the ‘love triangle’ come into full force. In the first book, I felt Tessa belonged with Will only. Then with the second book, Clare manages to tear the reader into rooting for both guys. Great review and I’m glad you enjoyed the time period and the characters.

  4. The Cover Contessa

    August 29, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    This book made me sad.

  5. Cali W.

    April 25, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Cool review! I love the infernal devices! I haven’t seen this trailer before, it’s really awesome!

  6. leighmarbella

    January 24, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Cassandra Clare is just awesome. I got my cousin into reading novels because of her.

  7. Diana Dimovska

    December 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    I absolutely love this series! The Infernal Devices are my fave! Can’t wait till March for the Clockwork Princess… I know it’s going to be an amazing read. Hope you’ll like it too. 🙂

  8. Céline M

    November 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Aaaah Cassandra Clare… She’s my hero ! Her books are so wonderful, her writing so attractive, you can’t dislike this serie and the others.
    Tessa is a great character. A mysterious one. I can’t wait ” Clockwork Princess ” to find out all the secrets about her. And also what will happen between her, Will and Jem. I hope Cassandra Clare will not broke our hearts in the end…
    Thanks for this review =)

  9. amel armeliana

    October 31, 2012 at 6:22 AM

    This is my favorite series. Loveeeee this series so much. Can’t wait for the Clockwork Princess. And your review is great.

  10. CassandraG

    September 23, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Trailer was good. Very nice review

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  12. Jennifer Allen

    March 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I have to agree with everything you’ve said. Cassandra Clare created an amazing world in these novels. Tessa is a great character and I like that she is always concerned for others.
    I absolutely love the time period!! I love historical fiction and this gave me some mixed with paranormal and I loved it!

    Great review!

  13. meridith

    January 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM

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  14. Dani Harper

    January 12, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Great trailer, and overall good introduction to a book everyone is talking about. The inclusion of quotes from the book instead of an excerpt was different and interesting. Thanks for the review.

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