Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Haven’t read the first novel? Check out my review of Clockwork Angel HERE!
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.
The one word I would use to describe Clockwork Prince is heartbreaking.
I would hesitate to say that Clockwork Prince is light on action/plot development because the story does move along, but the love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem plays a significant role throughout the novel. The emotional intensity throughout the novel is both blistering hot and subtly stable. Clare’s grasp on her characters’ emotions is superb in this novel. The ending of Clockwork Prince is devastating in so many ways.
There were a few time Tessa’s obliviousness and naïveté annoyed me though I think that’s due to my age and reading preferences now as compared to what they were in 2011.
Also, I enjoyed seeing where the title Chain of Gold came from! Hint: Magnus quote.
Overall, Clockwork Prince is a fantastic sequel that leans heavily into the romantic elements that I found lacking in its predecessor.