In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
Betrayal, broken families, and curses that have the power to kill everyone you love? Clare’s followup to Clockwork Angel has it all.
Oh, and a great love triangle. It’s not often that I find a love triangle that I can truly get into, but Clare did a wonderful job of making her characters seem so human (quite a feat considering that most of them aren’t completely human). Throughout the book, you really don’t know who Tessa is going to end up with–will it be sweet, sensitive Jem who is doomed to an untimely death or sarcastic and moody Will who may be a better person than he seems? (Fan girl moment: I was totally team Jem all the way).
I think that Clare managed to get one really profound thing across through the tragedy of this whole book: love is sacrifice.
If I could give Clockwork Prince six stars, I would. Cassandra Clare’s second installment in her prequel series kept me entranced from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book, and I will personally be anxiously awaiting the release of Clockwork Princess for the next three months.