By Cassandra Clare, published by Walker.
**To read my review of the first in The Infernal Devices, click HERE**
After the events of Clockwork Angel, Tessa has finally found safety in the sanctuary of the Shadowhunter Institute of London. As training commences for Tessa , rogue forces inside of the Clave are plotting to kick Charlotte out of the Institute, which she is the head of. This would leave Tessa on the streets with nowhere to go, so an adventure begins for her and her new Shadowhunter friends, to find the enemy and stop them. But this enemy has connections to the Magister- which amps up the danger levels. As Tessa works with Will and Jem on a terrifying and perilous journey full of lies and betrayal, she begins to fall for Jem, who fears he has little time before death. As she becomes closer to him, Tessa begins to feel tension between her and Will. Who will she choose?
After seriously enjoying Clockwork Angel, and waiting for about a month to read the next instalment, I was so excited to start reading this. It didn’t let me down at all, in fact, it was even more amazing than the first book in the series.
I loved the plot so much. It was layered with a different and detailed story for every major character, and full of so many plot twists that kept me constantly reading. I absolutely loved the twist involving Jessamine (I’m trying to write a spoiler-free review, so I won’t say what she does!) shocked me so much. She was the last person I would expect to change the course of the story entirely, and I loved her sudden, major involvement! As always, Cassandra Clare has astounded me again with her writing. It was so complex, with switching paragraphs to different characters, but stayed understandable and enjoyable. I just love how she has about five different sub-plots going at once, and then entwines them all together in such a clever and intriguing way.
Tessa was awesome. She really came out of her shell a lot more, emotionally, in Clockwork Prince. I think she gained a whole new level of confidence too. I absolutely loved seeing her develop throughout the course of events of this book. I think she got in on the action a bit more, because she went all undercover and used her abilities for the first time since the Dark (pardon the pun, which you’ll only get if you’ve read the books (; ) events of Clockwork Angel. I also liked her developing relationship with Jem. I had felt so sympathetic for Jem in the end of the last book, and when they became a kind-of-secret item in Clockwork Prince, I did a little dance for joy. I loved Jem’s development in confidence and emotion in the book, and I loved to see that also in Will. Both of them made serious competitors for Tessa’s love in this book, and it was such a hard decision for Tessa, and I was heartbroken and overjoyed at the same time- does that make sense?- at the outcome.
Overall, Clockwork Prince was absolutely breathtaking, with a captivating plot that gripped me from the start and didn’t let me go until the last page. I fell in love with all of the character and can’t wait to read more about them! And, as this ended on such a cliffhanger, I now can’t wait to read Clockwork Princess, the last in the Infernal Devices trilogy!