A Little ‘Sequel Syndrome’, A Lot of Badassery ~ Let’s Discuss Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

OVERALL FEELING

Damn. I am really glad that this enire trilogy has been published, because if I had to wait for Clockwork Princess after that cliffhanger I would have died.

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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.

BOOK INFO:

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Format & Pages: Hardcover, 502

Published: December 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★     

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COVER REVIEW: The covers in this series are satisfactorily similar, and I love the steampunk vibe (once again). Jem’s face isn’t great, though.

*Quick Note: this is the review of the sequel to Clockwork Angel, the first in the Infernal Devices trilogy. I’ve got a spoiler-free review for that over here, but this is going to get spoilery real fast, so if you haven’t read Clockwork Prince then DON’T READ ANY MORE. *

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OK, so I am fully addicted to this trilogy now (and probably the Mortal Instruments series afterwards too). My review of Clockwork Prince was far shorter and quicker than this one will be, and I didn’t touch down on many of the characters, just the main three. But there are so many lovable people in this book that I just have to mention them. So be prepared for a lot of names.

Tessa sadly still remains a bit bland… but she’s starting to kick some more ass now! At least she’s getting trained… and SHE’S GETTING MARRIED TO JEM! OMFG YAAAAS! I have waited so long for my ship to sail… and it is just a dot on the coastline now! I can’t help feeling like it’s not going to work out, but I’m holding on to this damn amazing feeling… Please… don’t take my baby away from me, Cassandra. Just don’t.

Will continues to be an effing adorable goof, and this curse that he has… so many more feels for him are welling up right now! I love Jem with all my heart, but Will is just so alive. I feel like Tessa! There are two parts of my heart, and they each fit neatly into one. I just can’t. I’m going with Jem, but really my mind is torn and I’m not sure who’s who anymore. *cries silently*

SPEAKING OF JEM. God this guy is gorgeous. I mean, it’s literally written every three pages that his silvery hair is ‘catching the light’, or his icy eyes are ‘making her burn’. I love him, but it was kind of overkill there. However, he is too nice for words. I hate to criticize, but he seems to have almost no character flaws. Fine, he’s addicted to yin fen, but that’s the frigging stuff that keeps him alive. In my book, that doesn’t count as an addiction.

Charlotte and Henry are the cutest couple ever. Henry is just so confused, and yet loving, and… Ahhh, he’s amazing! He reminds me of a scrawny little terrier… silly and in his own world, but following his owner to the ends of the earth. And Charlotte’s his owner. I freaking love Charlotte. There was this one quote that I loved from her, and it’s not even really a quote.

“Will! Have you LOST YOUR MIND? CEASE THAT INFERNAL RACKET!”

The Infernal Rackets… get it?!

Magnus Bane is f**king up my life. Seriously, he’s too amazing. A bi-sexual Asian warlock with a soft heart and a hot sense of fashion? Um, sign me up. The way he’s taking to Will is breaking my heart and I love him for it so effing much.

Oh, and last but certainly not least, can we all rave about Scott Woolsey for a second? That werewolf put me to tears from laughing so hard. He tells it like it is, and that’s the way *uh huh uh huh* I LIKE IT. The way he so ‘innocently’ brings Will to a boiling rage is beyond funny.

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To be honest, the plot was really very slow in this book, until sh*t went down at the end. That’s why it suffered a bit from ‘Sequel Syndrome’, as I like to call it (aka Second Book Syndrome). I mean, Clockwork Angel was hella fast, as we learned about all these new characters and got to know them, figured out a complex plotline, and got used to Cassandra’s style. But Clockwork Prince was very much like Insurgent, and took a slower pace.

Honestly, I was really slogging through it around the two-thirds mark. There were so many info dumps when the Shadowhunters had their meetings, or when the Enclave got together. I already complained about this in Clockwork Angel, and I was sad to see that the problem continued. Hopefully Clockwork Princess will have this stuff spread out a little more evenly, but telling your readers everything at assemblies that happen every five minutes seems like a cheap way to flesh everything out. Show, don’t tell, Cassandra. Remember that!

But in the end, I’m glad I kept going. That cliffhanger about Will’s sister! OH MY GOD! I just really want to see her push him around, because Tessa really has been slacking on that lately.

pros

-Woolsey

-Magnus Bane

-Genuinely creepy parts here and there

-My ship has sailed!

BUT…

-Info dumps

-Slow beginning

-Tessa’s still wishy washy

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This was a pretty damn good sequel, but with its flaws. No book is perfect. I can’t frigging wait to start Clockwork Princess. 😉

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

image Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines. Visit her online.

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5 thoughts on “A Little ‘Sequel Syndrome’, A Lot of Badassery ~ Let’s Discuss Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

  1. Reblogged this on Cogpunk Steamscribe and commented:
    I was lucky enough to meet Cassandra Clare at the Brisbane Writers Festival. She is a kind-hearted woman with plenty of time for her fans. I witnessed her interaction with a star-struck young woman, and it is lovely to meet an author who takes the time to make each fan feel special.

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