Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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“If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?”

Title: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: This is the 2nd book of the Infernal Devices series and it’s better than the first one so it’s a must read!

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

“We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”

No no no no no no no no no no no no, why Tessa, why??

I’m a little mad at Tessa for the decisions she made but I can understand her a little because you can’t choose who you love…even if the results of that indecision can and will be terrible. My heart hurts and I can’t imagine how things are going to work out for the best!

This second book had a little less action that the first one, they are looking for the whereabouts of Mortmain and Tessa’s brother Nate. How many people are helping him and how many clockwork demons are there now? Will they be able to stop him before he succeeds in his plan of destroying all Nephilims?

The whole thing is really complex and our heroes of the London Institute are planning missions that will take them to understand many things of the Magister’s masterplan and what brought him to hate so much the shadowhunters.

Tessa, Tessa Tessa, dear. You go where your heart takes you and it seems it is taking you everywhere and that’s not good, for you and for the ones your heart desire. These poor boys are a little naive, they think everything is easier if you love someone. What to do when the person you love doesn’t know exactly who she loves? Unfortunately that is possible and it’s not good. I am not ready to see them suffer, their broken hearts are going to bring me heartaches.

“Being Jem, Tessa reflected, must be a great deal like being the owner of a thouroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests. You had to have a hand on his collar constantly.”

We finally know where Will goes every single night and why he seems like he hates the world and everyone in it. I wouldn’t have imagined the reason of his suffering, of course he is aggressive and makes fun of everyone. Not everyone, he loves his silver parabatai, Jem. Will is in pain, you feel and see it, he hates that he can’t find a way to have what he most want in the world. I am sure that if he’d told Jem, things would’ve been so much better. Talk, people!!

Jem, sweet and delicate James. You also needed to tell Will what were you feeling. Being honest is the key to a happy life, no misunderstandings and everything is brighter. Jem and his sickness are worrying me a lot, I can’t see a way to find a cure or to slow a lot its effects and the inevitable death. I don’t want him dead, ok? If it happens I am going to tear those pages from the book and pretend it didn’t happen, ok?? I will write myself a happy story for him where he can be healthy and beautiful and happy.

“God knows we’re all drawn to what’s beautiful and broken.”

The side characters were really important, in particular Sophie, the waitress with the scar (we get it, Tessa, she has a scar, you don’t have to tell us every single time yo see her), very forward and strong in taking hard decisions. She is brave like a shadowhunter!

After what happened in the last page I can’t wait to see what is going to become of our heroes. At least someone will be distracted by this new situation and maybe living in the Institute won’t be as awkward as I thought it’s be.

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you?
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.”

Do I recommend it? Yes, love triangles are tiring but the story is really good.
Rate: 5/5

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