Book Review: Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

Honestly this series is killing me

atm I’ve set myself on a hell schedule so I’m not sure how I’ll do if I have a hangover


Name: Clockwork Prince
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Dec 6, 2011)


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 Cover Comments

I’d like to mention that this current book cover basically mirrors a scene in Clockwork Prince- except Jem is wearing something different. Also the hue of the book makes Jem look more blonde than silver and I often forget about the fact that Jem’s supposed to be a silver beauty

The Actual Review
















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Ok jks I’m sorry

It’s just that when you talk about an intoxicating love triangle with one girl and one dark haired boy and one silver haired boy, there’s no way any anime person cannot draw a comparison to Vampire Knight. Like ok Vampire Knight is trashy romance and apparently completely degrades the heroine because of how much self guilt she puts to herself BUT ITS A GOOD MANGA OK DON’T JUDGE ME THE ROMANCE KILLED ME


*sorry while I recollect myself*

Clockwork Prince is even more thrilling and exciting than its precedor, which is obviously a good thing because it’ll totally ensure that the readers will be hooked onto the series, and I obviously am hooked.

We get a lot of extra focus put onto Charlotte, the woman who co-runs the London institute with her husband, Henry. It’s always interesting to see how an author would decide to picture the concept of “lack of women in society during the Victorian period”, and of course, using this key driving point to Clare’s best definitely brought the best tale from Charlotte, with her beliefs of the Clave and the backstory of why she got married, so on and so forth. Charlotte imo is a very strong woman from top to bottom, and is a selfless woman with great care with those under her wing.

We continue to get the emotional turmoil as readers and Tessa has to choose between Will and Jem. Will honestly keeps killing me because of what he’s working with Magnus to try to resolve, and everytime something heartbreaking is mentioned or said, my stomach butterflies are honestly instantly spawned.

Not saying I don’t love Jem because his vulnerable side is selfless and he’s so beautiful. His gentle and kindness honestly melts my heart, and he gives the feeling of warmth. His health struggles continue to play an important part in the storyline in terms of his relationship with especially Will, and of course Tessa, driving this love triangle to even further corners of the, well, triangle itself. And ladies and gentlemen, it is my honour to announce that this book is the first ever book (not even Kingdom of Ash or Empire of Storms) to actually make me tear up, because the love triangle honestly killed me. It tore me apart like how it tore apart Tessa.

I understand how a lot of people actually don’t like love triangles and thinks its wayyyy too cliche and overused, in which this would be understandable, and I’d say the Infernal Devices is probably not the series for you since Tessa is an indecisive goddess, but for a girl like me who fantasizes about two imaginary men all the time…

I don’t know about the original hardcover, but this repackaged edition totally basically summarized 70% of the plot, leaving out important names and so on and so forth, so you could say that it was predictable, except that I’m such a pure reader to a point where I’m so sucked in and I won’t make too many assumptions whatsoever. I guess that’s a good thing? So yes, you’ll get a betrayal, and I totally loved that part when the gang finds out who it is, beacuse everyone’s reactions on how they handle the situation, and what they did to continue to solve the mysteries of Mortmain was on point.

I need to bring up our God Magnus again, because if Magnus is not a God then I don’t know what he is. Magnus is secretly selfless, despite being an immortal warlock on a constant search for purpose and a place to land. Magnus cares deeply for Will, and OH GOD I CANNOT SPOIL YOU ANY FURTHER BUT JUST ASDFGHJKL

*liek the way Magnus looks and Will and thinks about Will and the outcomes makes me cry*

And then the ending literally drops the bomb on you because it mirrors the lines and actions of this certain character in our wonderful little circle…

Clockwork Prince is an intoxicating novel in the Infernal Devices, as relationships between all the characters are expanded and explored more than ever, all the while new characters and conflicts are introduced into the game as the hunt for the Magister, Mortmain continues, as walls continue to break down and mysteries continue to unravel.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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