Title: The Infernal Devices #1: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Steampunk, Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5
Fresh off the heels of betrayal, Tessa Gray has found refuge among the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. However, an underhanded plot to see Charlotte deposed as Institute head threatens to see her cast to the streets.
As Tessa and the Shadowhunters of the Institute begin to unravel the mystery of the Magister’s past, she learns some unsettling truths about her own parentage.
Ok, so this book left me spectacularly heartbroken, I mean my heart was shattered into a million pieces by this book. Cassandra Clare, you are an evilly brilliant!
Clockwork Prince delves a little deeper into the life of the Magister, though he does not actually make and appearance in this book. Which I found interesting, since he is still at the very fore front of the story, and we learn some very interesting information.
More of Wills own troubled past is revealed through this book, and we begin to understand a bit more about why he does what he does and why he pushes away Tessa with his cruel words one moment, then pulls her back with passionate kisses the next.
“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling withyou. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.” – Will Herondale
― Cassandra Clare,
The gentle beginning of the love triangle we saw blossoming in Clockwork Angel can now be seen in all its amazingly, frustrating glory. We all knew Will was wild and passionate, he is a Herondale after all, but it seems Jem has a hidden fire all his own! My beautiful Jem, the steady flame to Wills wildfire. Easily my favorite scene scene occurs in the chapter titled ‘Fierce Midnight’.
How these two parabatai are so obliviously unaware that they are both in love with the same girl is beyond me. But the moment Tessa is forced to make her choice, rending her own heart in two, just gutted me. There went the splintered shards of my heart. I am unsure if I’m ever going to be OK again after these books.
“I cannot explain love,” he said. “I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. 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 and thought.” – Jem Carstairs
― Cassandra Clare,
There was action and intrigue aplenty, and we were allowed to get to know more of the characters we had already begun to love in Clockwork Angel. No doubt to torture us with later. We got to spend more time with Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood, and traveled deep into the Welsh countryside to visit with Starkweather and his hideous spoils. We met Woolsey Scott, founder of the Prater lupus, and attended demonic parties.
Once again Clare delivers, and left me in a puddle of my own tears. I just know the last book is going to break me, and I look forward to it.