Clockwork Prince

Hardcover | December 6, 2011

byCassandra Clare

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True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

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, though 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.

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True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fle...

Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.9 inPublished:December 6, 2011Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put this down! After reading Clockwork Angel I was so eager to read this book. I am so happy I picked this up because this book did not disappoint! I don't know how it is possible to make a sequel this good, but Cassandra Clare did it. I loved how the story progressed from the first book.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince was a fast-paced and intense sequel. It really made the plot progress and wasn't just a filter novel. It was brilliant and I could not put it down (unless I had to eat and sleep and perform my daily schedule, that is). The story was great, of course, and I am pumped for the last novel to the trilogy. Now, on to my favourite part, which are the characters. THE CHARACTERS. Tessa, being the protagonist, I understand that people can be indecisive but man, was I irked because of it. Like in the previous book, there were some things she said in this one as well that really annoyed me, particularly with Sophie and her love interest. But that wasn't my main issue. My main issue was HER relationships. She was so secretive about the whole thing and I was just pissed. It's hard to explain without trying to spoil anyone. If we're not talking about her love life, then as a person, she's alright. It's good to read about her managing her gift better, or how she knows basic ways to protect herself. At least in other areas she's a tolerant being. However, I can definitely say she isn't a favourite heroine or protagonist of mine. Jem~! Jem, as I said before, is a gem. So gentle, and kind, and sweet. He's like a puppy I want to cherish forever and keep safe. I love him for all these traits and he is just an overall wonderful guy. BUT WILL. The presence of Will. In the first book, I was a little iffy about him, and I wasn't sure who I wanted for Tessa. Oh, but now I know. I KNOW. Jem's great (and he's that nice guy character) but there were so many moments in this book with Will that got my heart constricting for him and all that he's been though (although I know Jem also has been through a lot, all these characters have been through a lot, basically). I needed a reason to like him more than his wittiness and dangerous yet comical nature and I found it in this sequel. I'm rootin' for ya, Will. Now, on to the last book to the trilogy. Read this guys (but read Clockwork Angel first). Please, thank you.
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!! Fans won't be disappointed...Another great read from Cassandra Clare. Can't wait to read Clockwork Princess and see what happens with the love triangle.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince!! This book is by far one if my favourites!! It is full of love compassion, sacrifice, and nobility. The characters in this story are well described and you can form a great picture in your mind. (Especially of Will
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Lost so much sleep, do to the fact I just couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to start the next. The story line, the twists, darkness, love, passion, the characters, all incredible. Probably my favorite series right now.
Date published: 2014-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Had new completely captivated
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince Most excellent. Love the historical references and quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince Most excellent. Love the historical references and quotes at the beginning of each chapter.
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince Too many late nights once again as I'm drawn to keep reading just one more page... then another. Now the book has come to an end but it's incomplete...what happens next? So onto the next book I must go, and look foward to many more late nights in doing so.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great The book was amazing
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I love this book so much.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Loved this book, great author with an amazing imagination would highly recommend
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I will always love these books!! Love the Victorian era feel and the twist of the story !
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Can't wait to read the third book, so anxious now.
Date published: 2013-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome...loved it!!!
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like it A little better than previous. However, not the best one.
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince. Loved it! Looking forward to reading the next book, and I'm still routing for the Tessa & Will relationship!
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clockwork Prince. Loved it! Looking forward to reading the next book, and I'm still routing for the Tessa & Will relationship!
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! I just couldn't put down this book! I love it :)
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing These series are one of my favorites. It made me laugh and cry with the characters. Cant wait to start the next book.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! As a true fan of The Mortal Instruments I could not believe that a sequel series could ever be better than the main one. Never have I ever found a sequel series that was better than the original until I came across The Infernal Devices. The characters made me laugh, cry and everything in between! Cassandra Clare has done an amazing job on all her novels and this one lived up to my high standards by far.
Date published: 2013-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOw An A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Read. :D Great plot speed and totally totally amazing events. The characters were also totally amazing and i loved the way they were described and the way they really brought emotion to the book. The events were thrilling and like a roller coaster. The book really brought my emotions out and totally hooked me in. ;D
Date published: 2013-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read Can't wait to read the 3rd one starting it now!!
Date published: 2013-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great It was a very good book!
Date published: 2013-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good follow-up While I liked the first novel in the trilogy, I must say I enjoyed this one more. I still believe that all the characters in the Infernal Devices series do seem to be carbon copies of the characters in the Mortal Instruments, just in different clothing. But I found this book to be more engaging than the last, we learn a lot more about Will's past which is well done. It's a nice easy read that does a good job of pleasantly passing the time. If you like supernatural books you should have no trouble enjoying this.
Date published: 2012-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!!!!!!!! :) Clockwork Prince was soooooo good!!!! I couldn't put it down and it's a must read!! I love the fight between James and Will. Team Will!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I loved The Mortal Instruments so when I found out that Cassandra Clare was writing another trilogy I got really excited. But the first book was kind of a disappointment. Like many people I felt that the new series was just a rehashing of the first one but this time set in Victorian London. The character archetypes were pretty much the same. We had a leading lady who was introduced to a new world. A hot boy who had a bad attitude, a best guy friend who falls in love with our leading lady. And finally another female character who makes our lead feel uncomfortable in her own skin just because she's just that good looking. Even though I was a little disappointed by the first book, I dutifully picked up the second one the day it was released. It gathered dust on my shelf for a couple of months until the other day when I thought: "well hell, it can't be that bad" and decided to finally read it. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. Clockwork Prince picks up pretty soon after we left off in Clockwork Angel. Tessa and her Shadowhunter friends are still trying to solve the mystery of Tessa's origins and what she actually is while they also look into stopping the dangerous Magister. And on top of that Tessa needs to come to understand which boy she wants, the gentle Jem or the wild and crazy Will. This book packs in just the right amount of teen angst with the steam-punk inspired fantasy. Cassandra Clare built off of the basics that she set down in the first book in a clever and refreshing way giving these new characters a different feel then her contemporary crew in The Mortal Instruments. I think my appreciation for these book still steams from her first series. In The Mortal Instruments I built a love of the Shadowhunter World, this new prequel series is able to expand this love. But needs to lean on the books that came before it. I am still excited for the final book in this trilogy. When it is released I will do a more informative critique of the series. There's no real point in analyzing the picture until I have all the pieces I think. So to sum it all up. This book was enjoyable and kept my interest in the series but I'm not going to pass my final judgement until I have read the final installment. Originally posted at: www.fictionlove.com
Date published: 2012-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review site for many books and movies Please go to this site for my personal review of this book. http://booksblogspot.blogspot.com/
Date published: 2012-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Oh My Gosh" I loved Clockwork Prince. I really like the ending part which left thinking that she has to be writing more. Oh my I never thought she was going to end up with Jem I thought she was going to end up with Will. Will's sister comes to them and says she wants to be trained as a Shadowhunter. I really hope that she finishes the next book more quickly.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Read Well Cassie has done it again and wrote another novel that I could not put down. Clockwork Prince may just be my favorite novel of hers. I loved how we learned more about Will’s past during CP and it has made the battle between Team Jem and Team Will so much harder to decide. I still can’t pick who I like better - I like them both. There was more politics than action in CP than CA but I still loved it and it wasn’t a bad thing as it sets up the story nicely for CP2. Finding out the history of all the characters was fabulous and I wouldn’t have wanted it to go any other way. I love Magnus. He made me laugh with tears and being a Team Church fan(because I can’t decided which Team I am on and Simon or Luke aren’t in the ID series) we didn’t get a lot of Church but when we did it was humorous. I like how Cassie has made some of the parallels between the characters of both series match each other, it is like a game trying to figure out the traits that each character shares. I am a bit torn by the ending. I was happy about the one situation but upset over the other. I have no idea if I was crying because I was sad or crying because I was happy. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the Clockwork Princess. If the world decides to end in 2012 I have decided that Cassie’s books are coming with me because everyone needs to read her novels.
Date published: 2012-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and badass...all at the same time I first started reading the Mortal Instrument series when the first book came out (City of Bones) and have been reading them ever since. It has been a while since I’ve read the first book in the series, Clockwork Angel, since Clare is writing books for two series, and of course doing a fantastic job of it, I had actually forgotten some stuff, but within the first chapter it was all coming back to me, including the love that I have for this fantastic series. It has vampires, werewolves, demons and all other sort of creatures and throughout the whole series you are asking “Just what is Tessa Grey?” I could picture the whole thing in my mind like I was there: the giddiness in Will that we’ve never seen before, him pointing at the demon yelling “You!” and running after him while Magnus doesn’t really think anything of it, Henry and Charlotte....sigh...finally something, and of course all of the beautifully put comments that Tessa says almost under her breath that make Jem laugh. And then of course there are the complete shockers in this story, and I won’t name names for those of you who have not read it, but their spy was something I did not really see coming. Nor did I see Gideon coming, but I did sort of see the last page of the novel happening—still it plans to lead to something good I’m sure. And there is still the question of “What does the Magister want from Tessa?” I can’t wait to find out her true origins and the extent of her powers. AND, this has turned into a Twilight love triangle with a twist. Jem and Tessa? Tessa and Will? ???? So good. The Good: Will—sexy as ever...if not more now that we get a little background. Jem—the first book was all about falling in love with Will and the second all about falling in love with Jem...and I did. He is truly the gentlemen. I mean just look at the cover. Awesome! And of course a closer look Charlotte and Henry...I was waiting for it. P.s. Anyone watch the trailer for this? I’m never really a fan of book trailers but this one was actually really good! Bad: Nothing other than I want more and want to know all the answers to my questions about Tessa...but I guess that comes with time, and another book. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Clare is one of the best writer’s that I’ve read. She expressed everything well and articulately and can easily bring you into the world of the Shadowhunters. She knows how to make serious moments serious, and she knows how to make funny moments hilarious. But on top of all this she knows how to creep up on people with an unexpected twist (which with the amount of books that I have read is actually pretty hard these days). Favourite Quotes: “But—but...” Will sputtered. “Oh, leave it,” said Jem, kicking Will, not without affection, lightly on the ankle. “She annexed my plan!” “Will,” Tessa said firmly. “Do you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?” Will pointed a finger at her. “That,” he said. “The second one.”—Pg. 444 See more of my review at my blog http://www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Clockwork prince is one of the BEST books that i have read so far. It was waaayyyy better than the first book of the series, Clockwork Angel, I couldn't put the book down for even a secend! This is a must read book for all of you people who love romantic comedy with a little dash of supernatural events! Can't wait for the next book of the series to come out!
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read The second book in the Infernal Devices series was great for some reason I still like these more than the original Mortal Instruments series I don't really know why. I thought this was a very solid sequel and it was really interesting, I'm still a huge Will fan and I want more to happen. I was not a big fan of the ending but this was still a great book. :0)
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitley a Great Book As much as I enjoyed reading Clockwork Angel, I felt like there was something missing. This was NOT the case with Clockwork Prince. Clockwork Prince was brilliantly writing, with effectively placed twists and turns. The first portion of the book I found to be just satisfactory, but as time prgresses, the characters develop so much more than in Clockwork Angel. I have to admit, that the ending did leave me shocked and a little upset, merely for having to wait to read whatever she writes to follow this. Therefore, a word of caution, do not rush into reading this if you can help it, because I for one, find myself hopelessly attached, and can't seem to get over the fact that I wont know what happens next tomorrow, or next week, that I will likely have to wait up to a year for the next installment. Overall, Clockwork Prince was a great book, though it definitley has its flaws, and will not please everyone, though it will please most of her fans, I am sure.
Date published: 2012-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the Infernal Devices just got better. Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) The Infernal Device series just got better, as expected from Cassandra Clare. To begin, There had been a ridiculous amount of quotations that made my heart leap. Also, the lyrical diction through each page of the novel will truly captivate the reader. I find that this novel has more depth as it explores many aspects. We understand the characters further. We see our loving characters, like Jem, grow. Sophie plays a bigger role than she played at Clockwork Angel = fantastic. We meet new characters and the Lightwood boys have more participation throughout the novel. Even though the readers of Clockwork Angel have the answers to their questions, the series becomes more complex-- totally luring the readers to the story. Clockwork Princess won't be coming out for a while and for now, I actually do not mind because my heart needs time to heal. Why? If you are a Team Will shipper, a warning most certainly that you should take: This is not Will’s book and by that I mean Jem will be taking over and fighting for his love for Tessa (yes, James "Jem" Carstairs) However, all the questions we asked in Clockwork Angel (at least about Will) are answered in this book. (Ehem, Cecily) Have a tissue box ready, dear Will Herondale shippers. -Michelle
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cassandra Clare, I Salute You Once again Cassandra Clare has created a novel of passion and danger that intrigues the readers into not being able to put the book down. I fell in love with the characters in Clockwork Angel and months later Clockwork Prince came out. Normally in situations like this i would prefer to re-read the previous books to refresh my memory however I had no time to do this and I was nervous I would not remember the plot line but as soon as I picked up Clockwork Prince the entire plot line came back to me and i fell in love all over again. Cassandra Clare has once again created a beautiful and complex world with amazing relationships that makes the reader wish that they could live in this beautiful world! This is an amazing sequel and I cannot wait to learn more of the Shadowhunters lives in the upcoming final novel of the trilogy! :)
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Perfection! Oh my gosh, this book was PURE PERFECTION! Cassandra Clare has long since earned her place as one of my favourite authors ever (with The Mortal Instruments series and the first book for this steampunk prequel series, Clockwork Angel), but she's outdone herself with this one! I didn't think it was possible to love Tessa even more in Clockwork Prince, but I did! She was just so strong, and intelligent, and determined, and not once did my heart differ from hers — we connected like that. Like always, Clare managed to create a cast that amazed me with their intricacy. And Tessa, Will (who I now love even more than Jace!! ♥), and Jem (who has his own chance to shine in this book!) make up the epitome of a perfect love triangle — one where you're honestly so torn that it splits your heart in two. I wanted to cry several times! Don't get me started on the storyline. It was complex and risky and heartbreaking and breathtaking, and it didn't resemble the middle-book-filler pattern AT ALL. It actually had a plot with so many twists and turns that it could snap a neck, and it captivated me for all near-500 pages. Words will not do this book justice. They can't describe how beautifully vivid Clare writes, how amazing she is at world-building, and how I could want to laugh and cry so much for one book. So I'll just have to say that if you haven't picked up a Clare book yet, then you are totally missing out! And if you have, then know that Clockwork Prince is even more amazing than everyone's high expectations. And it's even better than the first book, too! I've never read a series that makes the characters and world feel as real as Clare makes hers! :) BUY or BORROW?: I am sending you subliminal messages right now to BUY THIS BOOK when it comes out! It's AMAZING to say the least!!! Definitely one of my favourites!
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Cassandra Clare once again has impressed in her new Internal devices novel. It is action packed with one surprise after another, including huge betrayals and romance surprises. Would very much recommend this new installment as well as any of Cassandra's other books as well.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning... Cassandra Clare is an excellent writer. She knows exactly how to hook her readers, thats for sure. The ending though, honestly left me shocked. Shocked and disappointed... I even found myself cry a few times reading Clockwork Prince.. .which shocked myself even more, since I tend not to cry while reading a book. I would suggest you READ THIS BOOK ! It is utterly amazing.. it toys with your emotions and will hook you. Its definately a page turner ! I really do hop though, that in the next book.. things turn out the way I hope.. or probably, how other readers had expected it, because I honestly disliked the way how the ending turned out. But, we'll see hwat happens in the next book, because the conclusion to Clockwork Prince does not change my opinion aobut how amazing it was !
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Cassandra Clare is an amazing novelist. She has two series in which she is currently writing alternating books. This series is set in the same world as the other but over a century earlier. These stories are about epic battles between good and evil. They explore a shadow world hidden from most of us. In this one, we discover that a clockwork army is being built with the sole purpose of destroying the Nephilim, a group of people blessed with the blood of an Angel who has been commissioned to protect the rest of us. Tessa Gray is becoming a strong independent woman and a valued member of the London Institute. In this book, we learn a lot more history of the Nephilim, and the accords, and the history behind the animosity between down worlders and the Nephilim. It is another wonderfully written story, set in a world of magic, myths, legends and mayhem. An awesome read!
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adored it! Of course Clare hit it out of the park again with this one! I honestly think i'm liking the Clockwork series more than Mortal Instruments (maybe?) The main characters are so likeable and the plot just works together even if it is somewhat predictable. I did find that there is less action in this book than what you would see with Clary and Jace but it is not a bad thing in this instance. enjoy!
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from book two i love this book... it's way better than the first one! there's a lot of juice in this one. enjoy guys!!!!
Date published: 2011-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING SEQUEL! this sequel is beyond words to me. it was freaking amazing to say so the least. the events that par take in clockwork prince are mind blowing and totally unexpected ( one in particular..) i recommend reading this book it definitly wont let you down.
Date published: 2011-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It So Much! Clockwork Prince was easily one of my most anticipated novels of the year, and usually that may have me nervous to see if it will meet my high expectations, but knowing Cassandra Clare had written it, there were no worries that I wouldn’t fall in love with the novel. Cassandra Clare never fails to amaze me with gorgeous, addictive writing which instantly sweeps you away into another world… and Clockwork Prince was no exception! Rich in beautiful descriptions of Victorian England, readers were once again transported back to a time so unlike our own. Tensions are running high in this second installment of the Infernal Devices trilogy, with our much-loved characters facing new and old foes that would do anything to ensure power lies solely in their hands. Following shortly after the events in Clockwork Angel, Charlotte's leadership at the London Institute is called into question while Tessa and her Shadowhunter friends continue to search for the whereabouts of the sinister Magister. Once again, Tessa proved to be strong individual, pushing forth for answers regarding her heritage and even taking steps to learn self defence in order to protect herself. My heart is still completely torn between Will and Jem, and I don't envy the difficult situation Tessa has found herself in – not when some form of heartbreak is imminent. She can’t help being drawn to both of the handsome boys, especially when both claim a spot in her heart in different ways. Cassandra Clare wreaked havoc on my heart, allowing us to see more facets of Will and Jem’s personalities... and completely bringing me to a loss in finding a way to possibly side with only one of them in this memorable love triangle. Jem’s friendship and kindness mean the world to Tessa, but while Will may have tried to push her away before, there’s no denying their attraction for another. There’s more to Will’s enigmatic behaviour though, and in Clockwork Prince, we finally learn some of the secrets which Will has been hiding from everyone for so long. I found myself constantly wavering between both of the boys… and I loved how Cassandra Clare really developed the characters in this novel. When I finished reading Clockwork Prince, I was left shocked and numb, attempting to grasp some sort of reassurance to myself that everything would eventually work itself out in the end. Cassandra Clare relentlessly plays with your emotions in her novels, bringing both her readers and characters to their breaking points. Filled with love, action, excitement and betrayal, Clockwork Prince will undoubtedly leave readers shaken in emotional turmoil as they finish the final pages. The release of the final novel in the trilogy, Clockwork Princess, cannot come soon enough. I'm almost frightened to learn what will happen! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2011/12/clockwork-prince-by-cassandra-clare.html
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So freaking good!! I am not surprised that Cassandra Clare, once again, has written such a magnificent book!! Clockwork Prince is obviously one more book to add to my favorite books of all times and oh! how I wish Will, Jem and Tessa were real. How I wish I could see beyond the pages and beyond where my imagination allows me to go. How I wish I could live in flesh the masterfully written world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders! Clockwork Prince is certainly a book that captivated me with every single word and it is so hard to describe how much I love these books and how much I love Cassandra Clare! However, I am absolutely sure that anyone who has already read any Clare's book feel exactly the same way I do! Clockwork Prince picks up a little bit after Clockwork Angel and we can see that Tessa and Will are in very bad terms after their last meeting in the balcony (when Will broke my heart). Clockwork Prince is a book that besides having all the action and drama, focuses a lot in finding the answers that Clockwork Angel left in the air as well developing even further the characters' relationships. In addition, from beginning to end, many things are always happening during and the romance...Oh Lord! have some mercy because as much as I enjoyed it, it also destroyed me. I simply have no idea how Cassandra Clare will unfold the complexity of Will/Tess/Jem triangle in the final book of this wondrous and mesmerizing trilogy. Oh! Will. Now I am officially in love with him and I love him as much as I love Jace! In Clockwork Prince readers will find so many answers about Will and the reason to his jerk-ish behavior, but at the same time readers will realize that Will is, in probably, one of the most noble characters in Clare's world. In the other hand, there is the lovely Jem. He is such a complex character. There is innocent selfishness in him that makes me hate him and love him at the same time. Jem, like always, glows with kindness, but he is too naive and he might thinks too much about himself only, or maybe he is just too blinded by love. Cassandra Clare transported me through time with elaborated dialogues, mannerism and descriptions. I love her writing style and how histrionic she can be with words. She can masterfully switch from The Mortal Instruments's modern speech to a sophisticated Victorian voice. I also loved all the literary allusions and reference that Cassie Clare inserts in the story such as A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I really love this aspect of the book because she uses literature as a link between Tessa and Will to demonstrate their love of reading. Also, there are so many other side characters that grew in this book. I felt absolutely delighted to see more of Charlotte and Henry and Sophie and the Lightwoods! Cassandra Clare's brilliant imagination always manage to create the most complex situations. The ending of Clockwork Prince destroyed my heart and broke it in half. The relationships in this book will push readers from a cliff! Readers's heart will be heartbroken and more than a tear will certainly be shed. Clockwork Prince was full of joy, sadness, desperation and loyalty. The bittersweet ending will keep readers in agony waiting for the next and last book of this trilogy. Yes, the last book. Now I feel the anxiety that I have every time I know there is only one book left for me to read in a series and then... farewell. This feeling is so overwhelming. I want to read the next book and, at the same time, I don't want to. I simply don't want this marvelous world to reach its epic finale. I don't want these characters to vanish through time. I don't want them to remain in just three books that will only stay in my shelf nor I want these books to be one more memory in my mind. Three books is simply not enough and it will never be. Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter world is the one place where I wish I could forever live in. And I'm pretty sure that many other readers think the way I do.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extrordinary Steampunk The Good Stuff Can see what the fuss is all about now - Clare is a brilliant storyteller and I cannot wait to read the Mortal Instruments series Fascinating characters - love each and everyone of them --even the bad guys because they are so richly drawn Good continuation of Clockwork Angel Plenty of twists and turns that will keep you enthralled with the story and not want to put it down The Steampunk Victorian England she has created feels so very real Lots of fun snarky dialogue mixed with beautiful heartbreaking moments Love the scenes between Will -- and -- well pretty much everyone -- such a wonderful character Totally in love with Magnus, what an intriguing character, need to know more about him The scene between Tessa and Will near the end of the book is so beautifully done and so achingly sad -- I was tearing up Jem is so sweet and wonderful -- but I would still choose Will -- like the naughtier boys myself - but Tessa would work with either choice - I say let her have both Strong witty female characters Good cliffhanger ending - that doesn't frustrate, but intrigues -- damn how long am I going to have to wait for that Relationships are very realistic and not typical of much of the YA stuff -- nice character development too Love the covers of Clare's books, they look oh so pretty on my book shelf The Not So Good Stuff Drags a wee bit about half way through -- but does pick up A little bit too much of the choosing between two hot boys for this jaded 41 yr old mom -- but the teens will definitely swoon Favorite Quotes/Passages "There was something about the smell of books, the ink-and-paper-and-leather scent, the way dust in a library seemed to behave differently from the dust in any other room - it was golden in the light of the witchlight tapers, settling like pollen across the polished surfaces of the long tables." "He was really going to have to do something about this annoying softhearted impulse to assist the desperate, Magnus thought." "Oh, I'd say a friend." said Tessa. "One doesn't usually let one's business associates lick one's face. Although I could be wrong. What do I know about these things? I'm only a silly woman." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Pretty much everyone will enjoy (would recommend reading Clockwork Angel first though) Fans of Cassandra Clare -- obviously will enjoy Will definitely be introducing this series to my niece 4.5 Dewey's I received this from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an Honest Review
Date published: 2011-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I was got an ARC of this book from the lovely Jen from Rayment's Readings, Rants & Ramblings and I am so glad that I did. Getting the ARC actually pushed me to read book one in the Infernal Devices Series, Clockwork Angel. After reading book one and enjoying it, I immediately picked up the ARC of Clockwork Prince and dived right in. Seriously, I have no idea how I am supposed to wait for book three now. All of the things that I loved in Clockwork Angel were brought right back and doubled in Clockwork Prince. The setting, the characters, the history and story were just developed so beautifully and at such a great pace. The story just unfolds effortlessly and hooks you right from the very first page. Clockwork Prince is definitely one of my favourite books of 2011. Remember how in my review of Clockwork Angel I said that I didn't like Will? Well let me revise that statement to say that I didn't like Will in that book, but loved him in Clockwork Prince. I found that learning that there was a motivation and reason behind his behaviour made him much more likable. In fact, by the end of the book you actually begin to see him for what he really is; a seventeen year old boy trying to make the best of a bad situation to the best of his ability. Tessa still annoyed me, but it was nice to see her experience some personal growth. Jess still made me want to light myself on fire every time she appeared. There really is no other character, that comes to mind, that has ever made me giddily anticipate the moment they finally get what is coming to them quite like Jess does. Jem finally showed some grit and determination. There was some steel in his spine and fire in his eyes and it really made me like him that much more. And of course Magnus Bane is still made of awesome and win. Clockwork Prince is a fabulous follow up in the Infernal Devices Series. If Cassandra Clare keeps writing like this she will continue to cement her place in the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This sequel may be better than the first Cassandra Clare has once again supplied us with an amazing fantasy read that pulled me in. had me obsessed and made me forget about everything else around me. Clockwork Prince picks up not long after Clockwork Angel leaves off. Tessa is still living with the Shadowhunters, Will is still swoon worthy and the Magister is running around causing havoc. The story blends seamlessly from one book to the next and I never felt like I was missing something. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job of ensuring every detail and fact was accounted for. One of the reason this series has been so incredible is the all star cast of characters. Each one, even the secondary ones, are well developed and in Clockwork Prince some of them, particularly Will, are really given the opportunity to grow. Tessa, Jem and Will are all faced with difficult decisions at various points in the novel and their decisions really help us understand them as characters. Now for the most amazing thing about this novel - I actually enjoy the love triangle!! It's not just crafted out of convenience (oh I have a female character and two male characters? Well then I better make a love triangle!) There were some very real emotions here and though I'm partial to Will I can see how Tessa would be torn between the two of them. Their situation (particularly the ending!!) broke my heart. This was an incredibly fun and well written read. It's one of those instances were the sequel is as good as - if not better than - the first one. It is going to be absolute torture waiting for Clockwork Princess!
Date published: 2011-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from demon pox Clockwork Prince , by Cassandra Clare, after reading this book I feel the need to do a song and dance about demon pox. I was very lucky to get a ARC (advance reader's copy) the only bad thing is I have to wait longer for the next one. This book was better then the first, there was so many parts that I said OH MY GOD DID THAT JUST HAPPEN!! I fell in love with the characters in this book and could not stop the Jem, Will fight in my head the whole time. As the story unfolded you just kept on wanting more, why is Will the way he is? what happened to his family? Jem is so sick how long dose he have? were is Nate and the Magisiter? everything gets answered but is it the right answer? can Tessa live with what she has been thought? and the choices she made? On top of it all you have the shadowhunters with there magic, fighting and betrayal, the betrayal that you will never believe. The booking it self is long but worth it and the cover art is beautiful, the type of cover that would make me pick it up in a bookstore. I have never been a witches, magic fighting type of book person but I really enjoyed this book and would suggest it to everyone.
Date published: 2011-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Infernal Devices Continues with Clockwork Prince A copy was provived by the publisher pre-on sale date for review purposes. This review is SPOILER FREE. The Infernal Devices Continues with Clockwork Prince I don't think Cassandra Clare will ever disappoint me, though it's clear that many of my friends don't quite understand the immense love that I have for her Shadowhunters. I was fortunate enough to be one of the few people to receive an advanced copy of Clockwork Prince, as they were quite limited in distribution. I shook with anticipation the moment it arrived on my door step and I couldn't help but dive into it immediately. Will Fans: Prepare To Be Enthralled By Jem Clockwork Prince swiftly follows the exciting events of Clockwork Angel, reuniting readers with Will, Jem, Tessa, Charlotte, Henry, Church and Magnus Bane. Magnus *sighs* Just when I think I can't fall any more in love with the illustrious Magnus Bane, I do! Call it a phase, an obsession or simple intrigue but the man gets me happy every time he shows up. With a fashion sense that'll drive people crazy with jealousy no matter the century, good looks and piercing cat eyes - the man is a God and I dare anyone to prove me wrong. Now, moving on from the "Magnus is Godly and terribly attractive" mini rant... In Clockwork Prince, James Carstairs eagerly steps out of Will's shadow, shinning all on his own now with a brilliance that'll have Will fans wanting to change teams. I was eagerly anticipating the events of Clockwork Prince and I was pleasantly surprised. Cassandra threw out several twists and turns that drove me from one line of thought to another quickly, most of which led me to changing my mind on how I felt about certain characters. Unpredictable developments, swoon-worthy moments, and uncovered secrets brought to light all added to the incredible excitement that was the second installment to the Infernal Devices series. Following suit of Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince ended in an insane cliffhanger that drove me near the brink of insanity. This installment will, undoubtedly, drive Shadowhunter fans crazy with excitement, an installment that'll have you questioning the very characters you love and their future in the conclusion to the series, Clockwork Princess. Note: The Infernal Devices series can both be read side by side with The Mortal Instruments series or alone. One is not needed to be read before the other.
Date published: 2011-10-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What do you think? Honestly, I am always excited for a new book to come out when it is attached to a series I am reading. However, while reading the first of the series, I was not totally captivated with it. I LOVE the mortal instruments series much better then this one. But, I will still buy it and read it when it comes out!!!
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Release Date! For all you Cassandra Clare(Or Jace/Will) fans out there, good news because the release date for "Clockwork Prince" has just been bumped up to August 2011 instead of September. Although that won't be for a while now, it still is a little better. For the people out there who have not read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices [yet], i suggest that you do because these series will both have you wanting for more and more.
Date published: 2011-05-08

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Clockwork Prince 1 THE COUNCIL CHAMBER Above, the fair hall-ceiling stately set Many an arch high up did lift, And angels rising and descending met With interchange of gift. —Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Palace of Art” “Oh, yes. It really does look just as I imagined,” Tessa said, and turned to smile at the boy who stood beside her. He had just helped her over a puddle, and his hand still rested politely on her arm, just above the crook of her elbow. James Carstairs smiled back at her, elegant in his dark suit, his silver-fair hair whipped by the wind. His other hand rested on a jade-topped cane, and if any of the great crowd of people milling around them thought that it was odd that someone so young should need a walking stick, or found anything unusual about his coloring or the cast of his features, they didn’t pause to stare. “I shall count that as a blessing,” said Jem. “I was beginning to worry, you know, that everything you encountered in London was going to be a disappointment.” A disappointment. Tessa’s brother, Nate, had once promised her everything in London—a new beginning, a wonderful place to live, a city of soaring buildings and gorgeous parks. What Tessa had found instead was horror and betrayal, and danger beyond anything she could have imagined. And yet . . . “Not everything has been.” She smiled up at Jem. “I am glad to hear it.” His tone was serious, not teasing. She looked away from him up at the grand edifice that rose before them. Westminster Abbey, with its great Gothic spires nearly touching the sky. The sun had done its best to struggle out from behind the haze-tipped clouds, and the abbey was bathed in weak sunlight. “This is really where it is?” she asked as Jem drew her forward, toward the abbey entrance. “It seems so . . .” “Mundane?” “I had meant to say crowded.” The Abbey was open to tourists today, and groups of them swarmed busily in and out the enormous doors, most clutching Baedeker guidebooks in their hands. A group of American tourists—middle-aged women in unfashionable clothes, murmuring in accents that made Tessa briefly homesick—passed them as they went up the stairs, hurrying after a lecturer who was offering a guided tour of the Abbey. Jem and Tessa melted in effortlessly behind them. The inside of the abbey smelled of cold stone and metal. Tessa looked up and around, marveling at the size of the place. It made the Institute look like a village church. “Notice the triple division of the nave,” a guide droned, going on to explain that smaller chapels lined the eastern and western aisles of the Abbey. There was a hush over the place even though no services were going on. As Tessa let Jem lead her toward the eastern side of the church, she realized she was stepping over stones carved with dates and names. She had known that famous kings, queens, soldiers, and poets were buried in Westminster Abbey, but she hadn’t quite expected she’d be standing on top of them. She and Jem slowed finally at the southeastern corner of the church. Watery daylight poured through the rose window overhead. “I know we are in a hurry to get to the Council meeting,” said Jem, “but I wanted you to see this.” He gestured around them. “Poets’ Corner.” Tessa had read of the place, of course, where the great writers of England were buried. There was the gray stone tomb of Chaucer, with its canopy, and other familiar names: “Edmund Spenser, oh, and Samuel Johnson,” she gasped, “and Coleridge, and Robert Burns, and Shakespeare—” “He isn’t really buried here,” said Jem quickly. “It’s just a monument. Like Milton’s.” “Oh, I know, but—” She looked at him, and felt herself flush. “I can’t explain it. It’s like being among friends, being among these names. Silly, I know . . .” “Not silly at all.” She smiled at him. “How did you know just what I’d want to see?” “How could I not?” he said. “When I think of you, and you are not there, I see you in my mind’s eye always with a book in your hand.” He looked away from her as he said it, but not before she caught the slight flush on his cheekbones. He was so pale, he could never hide even the least blush, she thought—and was surprised how affectionate the thought was. She had become very fond of Jem over the past fortnight; Will had been studiously avoiding her, Charlotte and Henry were caught up in issues of Clave and Council and the running of the Institute—and even Jessamine seemed preoccupied. But Jem was always there. He seemed to take his role as her guide to London seriously. They had been to Hyde Park and Kew Gardens, the National Gallery and the British Museum, the Tower of London and Traitors’ Gate. They had gone to see the cows being milked in St. James’s Park, and the fruit and vegetable sellers hawking their wares in Covent Garden. They had watched the boats sailing on the sun-sparked Thames from the Embankment, and had eaten things called “doorstops,” which sounded horrible but turned out to be butter, sugar, and bread. And as the days went on, Tessa felt herself unfolding slowly out of her quiet, huddled unhappiness over Nate and Will and the loss of her old life, like a flower climbing out of frozen ground. She had even found herself laughing. And she had Jem to thank for it. “You are a good friend,” she exclaimed. And when to her surprise he said nothing to that, she said, “At least, I hope we are good friends. You do think so too, don’t you, Jem?” He turned to look at her, but before he could reply, a sepulchral voice spoke out of the shadows,   “‘Mortality, behold and fear! What a change of flesh is here: Think how many royal bones Sleep within these heaps of stones.’”   A dark shape stepped out from between two monuments. As Tessa blinked in surprise, Jem said, in a tone of resigned amusement, “Will. Decided to grace us with your presence after all?” “I never said I wasn’t coming.” Will moved forward, and the light from the rose windows fell on him, illuminating his face. Even now, Tessa never could look at him without a tightening in her chest, a painful stutter of her heart. Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth—he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular. She had run her hands over those arms. She knew what they felt like—iron, corded with hard muscles; his hands, when they cupped the back of her head, slim and flexible but rough with calluses . . . She tore her mind away from the memories. Memories did one no good, not when one knew the truth in the present. Will was beautiful, but he was not hers; he was not anybody’s. Something in him was broken, and through that break spilled a blind cruelty, a need to hurt and to push away. “You’re late for the Council meeting,” said Jem good-naturedly. He was the only one Will’s puckish malice never seemed to touch. “I had an errand,” said Will. Up close Tessa could see that he looked tired. His eyes were rimmed with red, the shadows beneath them nearly purple. His clothes looked crumpled, as if he had slept in them, and his hair wanted cutting. But that has nothing to do with you, she told herself sternly, looking away from the soft dark waves that curled around his ears, the back of his neck. It does not matter what you think of how he looks or how he chooses to spend his time. He has made that very clear. “And you are not exactly on the dot of the hour yourselves.” “I wanted to show Tessa Poets’ Corner,” said Jem. “I thought she would like it.” He spoke so simply and plainly, no one could ever doubt him or imagine he said anything but the truth. In the face of his simple desire to please, even Will didn’t seem to be able to think of anything unpleasant to say; he merely shrugged, and moved on ahead of them at a rapid pace through the Abbey and out into the East Cloister. There was a square garden here surrounded by cloister walls, and people were walking around the edges of it, murmuring in low voices as if they were still in the church. None of them took notice of Tessa and her companions as they approached a set of double oak doors set into one of the walls. Will, after glancing around, took his stele from his pocket and drew the tip across the wood. The door sparked with a brief blue light and swung open. Will stepped inside, Jem and Tessa following just behind. The door was heavy, and closed with a resounding bang behind Tessa, nearly trapping her skirts; she pulled them away only just in time, and stepped backward quickly, turning around in what was a near pitch-darkness. “Jem?” Light blazed up; it was Will, holding his witchlight stone. They were in a large stone-bound room with vaulted ceilings. The floor appeared to be brick, and there was an altar at one end of the room. “We’re in the Pyx Chamber,” he said. “Used to be a treasury. Boxes of gold and silver all along the walls.” “A Shadowhunter treasury?” Tessa was thoroughly puzzled. “No, the British royal treasury—thus the thick walls and doors,” said Jem. “But we Shadowhunters have always had access.” He smiled at her expression. “Monarchies down through the ages have tithed to the Nephilim, in secret, to keep their kingdoms safe from demons.” “Not in America,” said Tessa with spirit. “We haven’t got a monarchy—” “You’ve got a branch of government that deals with Nephilim, never fear,” said Will, crossing the floor to the altar. “It used to be the Department of War, but now there’s a branch of the Department of Justice—” He was cut off as the altar moved sideways with a groan, revealing a dark, empty hole behind it. Tessa could see faint flickers of light in among the shadows. Will ducked into the hole, his witchlight illuminating the darkness. When Tessa followed, she found herself in a long downward-sloping stone corridor. The stone of the walls, floors, and ceiling was all the same, giving the impression that the passage had been hewed directly through the rock, though it was smooth instead of rough. Every few feet witchlight burned in a sconce shaped like a human hand pushing through the wall, fingers gripping a torch. The altar slid shut behind them, and they set off. As they went, the passage began to slope more steeply downward. The torches burned with a blue-green glow, illuminating carvings in the rock—the same motif, repeated over and over, of an angel rising in burning fire from a lake, carrying a sword in one hand and a cup in the other. At last they found themselves standing before two great silver doors. Each door was carved with a design Tessa had seen before—four interlocking Cs. Jem pointed to them. “They stand for Clave and Council, Covenant and Consul,” he said, before she could ask. “The Consul. He’s—the head of the Clave? Like a sort of king?” “Not quite so inbred as your usual monarch,” said Will. “He’s elected, like the president or the prime minister.” “And the Council?” “You’ll see them soon enough.” Will pushed the doors open. Tessa’s mouth fell open; she closed it quickly, but not before she caught an amused look from Jem, standing at her right side. The room beyond them was one of the biggest she had ever seen, a huge domed space, the ceiling of which was painted with a pattern of stars and constellations. A great chandelier in the shape of an angel holding blazing torches dangled from the highest point of the dome. The rest of the room was set up as an amphitheater, with long, curving benches. Will, Jem, and Tessa were standing at the top of a row of stairs that cut through the center of the seating area, which was three quarters full of people. Down at the bottom of the steps was a raised platform, and on that platform were several uncomfortable-looking high-backed wooden chairs. In one of them sat Charlotte; beside her was Henry, looking wide-eyed and nervous. Charlotte sat calmly with her hands in her lap; only someone who knew her well would have seen the tension in her shoulders and the set of her mouth. Before them, at a sort of speaker’s lectern—it was broader and longer than the usual lectern—stood a tall man with long, fair hair and a thick beard; his shoulders were broad, and he wore long black robes over his clothes like a judge, the sleeves glimmering with woven runes. Beside him, in a low chair, sat an older man, his brown hair streaked with gray, his face clean-shaven but sunk into stern lines. His robe was dark blue, and gems glittered on his fingers when he moved his hand. Tessa recognized him: the ice-voiced, ice-eyed Inquisitor Whitelaw who questioned witnesses on behalf of the Clave. “Mr. Herondale,” said the blond man, looking up at Will, and his mouth quirked into a smile. “How kind of you to join us. And Mr. Carstairs as well. And your companion must be—” “Miss Gray,” Tessa said before he could finish. “Miss Theresa Gray of New York.” A little murmur ran around the room, like the sound of a wave receding. She felt Will, next to her, tense, and Jem draw a breath as if to speak. Interrupting the Consul, she thought she heard someone say. So this was Consul Wayland, the chief officer of the Clave. Glancing around the room, she saw a few familiar faces—Benedict Lightwood, with his sharp, beaky features and stiff carriage; and his son, tousle-haired Gabriel Lightwood, looking stonily straight ahead. Dark-eyed Lilian Highsmith. Friendly-looking George Penhallow; and even Charlotte’s formidable aunt Callida, her hair piled on her head in thick gray waves. There were many other faces as well, ones she didn’t know. It was like looking at a picture book meant to tell you about all the peoples of the world. There were blond Viking-looking Shadowhunters, and a darker-skinned man who looked like a caliph out of her illustrated The Thousand and One Nights, and an Indian woman in a beautiful sari trimmed with silver runes. She sat beside another woman, who had turned her head and was looking at them. She wore an elegant silk dress, and her face was like Jem’s—the same delicately beautiful features, the same curves to her eyes and cheekbones, though where his hair and eyes were silver, hers were dark. “Welcome, then, Miss Tessa Gray of New York,” said the Consul, sounding amused. “We appreciate your joining us here today. I understand you have already answered quite a few questions for the London Enclave. I had hoped you would be willing to answer a few more.” Across the distance that separated them, Tessa’s eyes met Charlotte’s. Should I? Charlotte dropped her a nearly imperceptible nod. Please. Tessa squared her shoulders. “If that is your request, certainly.” “Approach the Council bench, then,” said the Consul, and Tessa realized he must mean the long, narrow wooden bench that stood before the lectern. “And your gentleman friends may escort you,” he added. Will muttered something under his breath, but so quietly even Tessa couldn’t hear it; flanked by Will on her left and Jem on her right, Tessa made her way down the steps and to the bench before the lectern. She stood behind it uncertainly. This close up, she could see that the Consul had friendly blue eyes, unlike the Inquisitor’s, which were a bleak and stormy gray, like a rainy sea. “Inquisitor Whitelaw,” said the Consul to the gray-eyed man, “the Mortal Sword, if you please.” The Inquisitor stood, and from his robes drew a massive blade. Tessa recognized it instantly. It was long and dull silver, its hilt carved in the shape of outspread wings. It was the sword from the Codex, the one that the Angel Raziel had risen from the lake carrying, and had given to Jonathan Shadowhunter, the first of them all. “Maellartach,” she said, giving the Sword its name. The Consul, taking the Sword, looked amused again. “You have been studying up,” he said. “Which of you has been teaching her? William? James?” “Tessa picks things up on her own, sir,” Will’s drawl was bland and cheerful, at odds with the grim feeling in the room. “She’s very inquisitive.” “All the more reason she shouldn’t be here.” Tessa didn’t have to turn; she knew the voice. Benedict Lightwood. “This is the Gard Council. We don’t bring Downworlders to this place.” His voice was tight. “The Mortal Sword cannot be used to make her tell the truth; she’s not a Shadowhunter. What use is it, or her, here?” “Patience, Benedict.” Consul Wayland held the Sword lightly, as if it weighed nothing. His gaze on Tessa was heavier. She felt as if he were searching her face, reading the fear in her eyes. “We are not going to hurt you, little warlock,” he said. “The Accords would forbid it.” “You should not call me warlock,” Tessa said. “I bear no warlock’s mark.” It was strange, having to say this again, but when she had been questioned before, it had always been by members of the Clave, not the Consul himself. He was a tall, broad-shouldered man, exuding a sense of power and authority. Just that sort of power and authority that Benedict Lightwood so resented Charlotte laying claim to. “Then, what are you?” he asked. “She doesn’t know.” The Inquisitor’s tone was dry. “Neither do the Silent Brothers.” “She may be allowed to sit,” said the Consul. “And to give evidence, but her testimony will be counted only as half a Shadowhunter’s.” He turned to the Branwells. “In the meantime, Henry, you are dismissed from questioning for the moment. Charlotte, please remain.” Tessa swallowed back her resentment and went to sit in the front row of seats, where she was joined by a drawn-looking Henry, whose gingery hair was sticking up wildly. Jessamine was there, in a dress of pale brown alpaca, looking bored and annoyed. Tessa sat down next to her, with Will and Jem on her other side. Jem was directly beside her, and as the seats were narrow, she could feel the warmth of his shoulder against hers. At first the Council proceeded much as had other meetings of the Enclave. Charlotte was called upon to give her recollections of the night when the Enclave attacked the stronghold of the vampire de Quincey, killing him and those of his followers who’d been present, while Tessa’s brother, Nate, had betrayed their trust in him and allowed the Magister, Axel Mortmain, entry into the Institute, where he had murdered two of the servants and nearly kidnapped Tessa. When Tessa was called up, she said the same things she had said before, that she did not know where Nate was, that she had not suspected him, that she had known nothing of her powers until the Dark Sisters had shown them to her, and that she had always thought her parents were human. “Richard and Elizabeth Gray have been thoroughly investigated,” said the Inquisitor. “There is no evidence to suggest either was anything but human. The boy, the brother—human as well. It could well be that, as Mortmain hinted, the girl’s father is a demon, but if so, there is the question of the missing warlock mark.” “Most curious, everything about you, including this power of yours,” said the Consul, looking at Tessa with eyes that were steady and pale blue. “You have no idea what its limits, its constructs are? Have you been tested with an item of Mortmain’s? To see if you can access his memories or thoughts?” “Yes, I—tried. With a button he had left behind him. It should have worked.” “But?” She shook her head. “I could not do it. There was no spark to it, no—no life. Nothing for me to connect with.” “Convenient,” muttered Benedict, almost too low to be heard, but Tessa heard it, and flushed. The Consul indicated that she might take her seat again. She caught sight of Benedict Lightwood’s face as she did so; his lips were compressed into a thin, furious line. She wondered what she could possibly have said to anger him. “And no one has seen hide nor hair of this Mortmain since Miss Gray’s . . . altercation with him in the Sanctuary,” the Consul went on as Tessa took her seat. The Inquisitor flipped some of the papers that were stacked on the lectern. “His houses have been searched and found to be completely emptied of all his belongings. His warehouses were searched with the same result. Even our friends at Scotland Yard have investigated. The man has vanished. Quite literally, as our young friend William Herondale tells us.” Will smiled brilliantly as if complimented, though Tessa, seeing the malice under the smile, thought of light sparking off the cutting edge of a razor. “My suggestion,” said the Consul, “is that Charlotte and Henry Branwell be censured, and that for the next three months their official actions, undertaken on behalf of the Clave, be required to pass through me for approval before—” “My lord Consul.” A firm, clear voice spoke out from the crowd. Heads swiveled, staring; Tessa got the feeling that this—someone interrupting the Consul midspeech—didn’t happen very often. “If I might speak.” The Consul’s eyebrows went up. “Benedict Lightwood,” he said. “You had your chance to speak earlier, during the testimonials.” “I hold no arguments with the testimonials given,” said Benedict Lightwood. His beaky, sharp profile looked even sharper in the witchlight. “It is your sentence I take issue with.” The Consul leaned forward on the lectern. He was a big man, thick-necked and deep-chested, and his large hands looked as if he could span Benedict’s throat easily with a single one. Tessa rather wished he would. From what she had seen of Benedict Lightwood, she did not like him. “And why is that?” “I think you have let your long friendship with the Fairchild family blind you to Charlotte’s shortcomings as head of the Institute,” said Benedict, and there was an audible intake of breath in the room. “The blunders committed on the night of July the fifth did more than embarrass the Clave and lose us the Pyxis. We have damaged our relationship with London’s Downworlders by futilely attacking de Quincy.” “There have already been a number of complaints lodged through Reparations,” rumbled the Consul. “But those will be dealt with as the Law sees fit. Reparations isn’t really your concern, Benedict—” “And,” Benedict went on, his voice rising, “worst of all, she has let a dangerous criminal with plans to harm and destroy Shadowhunters escape, and we have no idea where he might be. Nor is the responsibility for finding him being laid where it should be, on the shoulders of those who lost him!” His voice rose. In fact, the whole room was in an uproar; Charlotte looked dismayed, Henry confused, and Will furious. The Consul, whose eyes had darkened alarmingly when Benedict had mentioned the Fairchilds—they must have been Charlotte’s family, Tessa realized—remained silent as the noise died down. Then he said, “Your hostility toward the leader of your Enclave does not do you credit, Benedict.” “My apologies, Consul. I do not believe that keeping Charlotte Branwell as the head of the Institute—for we all know that Henry Branwell’s involvement is nominal at most—is in the best interests of the Clave. I believe a woman cannot run an Institute; women do not think with logic and discretion but with the emotions of the heart. I have no doubt that Charlotte is a good and decent woman, but a man would not have been fooled by a flimsy spy like Nathaniel Gray—” “I was fooled.” Will had leaped to his feet and swung around, eyes blazing. “We all were. What insinuations are you making about myself and Jem and Henry, Mr. Lightwood?” “You and Jem are children,” said Benedict cuttingly. “And Henry never looks up from his worktable.” Will started to climb over the back of his chair; Jem tugged him back into his seat with main force, hissing under his breath. Jessamine clapped her hands together, her brown eyes bright. “This is finally exciting,” she exclaimed. Tessa looked at her in disgust. “Are you hearing any of this? He’s insulting Charlotte!” she whispered, but Jessamine brushed her off with a gesture. “And who would you suggest run the Institute instead?” the Consul demanded of Benedict, his voice dripping sarcasm. “Yourself, perhaps?” Benedict spread his hands wide self-deprecatingly. “If you say so, Consul . . .” Before he could finish speaking, three other figures had risen of their own accord; two Tessa recognized as members of the London Enclave, though she did not know their names; the third was Lilian Highsmith. Benedict smiled. Everyone was staring at him now; beside him sat his youngest son Gabriel, who was looking up at his father with unreadable green eyes. His slim fingers gripped the back of the chair in front of him. “Three to support my claim,” Benedict said. “That’s what the Law requires for me to formally challenge Charlotte Branwell for the position of head of the London Enclave.” Charlotte gave a little gasp but sat motionless in her seat, refusing to turn around. Jem still had Will by the wrist. And Jessamine continued to look as if she were watching an exciting play. “No,” said the Consul. “You cannot prevent me from challenging—” “Benedict, you challenged my appointment of Charlotte the moment I made it. You’ve always wanted the Institute. Now, when the Enclave needs to work together more than ever, you bring division and contention to the proceedings of the Council.” “Change is not always accomplished peacefully, but that does not make it disadvantageous. My challenge stands.” Benedict’s hands gripped each other. The Consul drummed his fingers on the lectern. Beside him the Inquisitor stood, cold-eyed. Finally the Consul said, “You suggest, Benedict, that the responsibility of finding Mortmain should be laid upon the shoulders of those who you claim ‘lost him.’ You would agree, I believe, that finding Mortmain is our first priority?” Benedict nodded curtly. “Then, my proposal is this: Let Charlotte and Henry Branwell have charge of the investigation into Mortmain’s whereabouts. If by the end of two weeks they have not located him, or at least some strong evidence pointing to his location, then the challenge may go forward.” Charlotte shot forward in her seat. “Find Mortmain?” she said. “Alone, just Henry and I—with no help from the rest of the Enclave?” The Consul’s eyes when they rested on her were not unfriendly, but neither were they entirely forgiving. “You may call upon other members of the Clave if you have some specific need, and of course the Silent Brothers and Iron Sisters are at your disposal,” he said. “But as for the investigation, yes, that is for you to accomplish on your own.” “I don’t like this,” complained Lilian Highsmith. “You’re turning the search for a madman into a game of power—” “Do you wish to withdraw your support for Benedict, then?” asked the Consul. “His challenge would be ended and there would be no need for the Branwells to prove themselves.” Lilian opened her mouth—and then, at a look from Benedict, closed it. She shook her head. “We have just lost our servants,” said Charlotte in a strained voice. “Without them—” “New servants will be provided to you, as is standard,” said the Consul. “Your late servant Thomas’s brother, Cyril, is traveling here from Brighton to join your household, and the Dublin Institute has given up its second cook for you. Both are well-trained fighters—which, I must say, Charlotte, yours should have been as well.” “Both Thomas and Agatha were trained,” Henry protested. “But you have several in your house who are not,” said Benedict. “Not only is Miss Lovelace woefully behind in her training, but your parlor girl, Sophie, and that Downworlder there—” He pointed at Tessa. “Well, since you seem bent on making her a permanent addition to your household, it would hardly hurt if she—and the maid—were trained in the basics of defense.” Tessa looked sideways at Jem in astonishment. “He means me?” Jem nodded. His expression was somber. “I can’t—I’ll chop off my own foot!” “If you’re going to chop off anyone’s foot, chop off Benedict’s,” Will muttered. “You’ll be fine, Tessa. It’s nothing you can’t do,” Jem began, but the rest of his words were drowned out by Benedict. “In fact,” Benedict said, “since the two of you will be so busy investigating Mortmain’s whereabouts, I suggest I lend you my sons—Gabriel, and Gideon, who returns from Spain tonight—as trainers. Both are excellent fighters and could use the teaching experience.” “Father!” Gabriel protested. He looked horrified; clearly this was not something Benedict had discussed with him in advance. “We can train our own servants,” Charlotte snapped, but the Consul shook his head at her. “Benedict Lightwood is offering you a generous gift. Accept it.” Charlotte was crimson in the face. After a long moment she bent her head, acknowledging the Consul’s words. Tessa felt dizzy. She was going to be trained? Trained to fight, to throw knives and swing a sword? Of course, one of her favorite heroines had always been Capitola in The Hidden Hand, who could fight as well as a man—and dressed like one. But that didn’t mean she wanted to be her. “Very well,” said the Consul. “This session of the Council is ended, to be reconvened here, in the same location, in a fortnight. You are all dismissed.” Of course, everyone did not depart immediately. There was a sudden clamor of voices as people began to rise from their seats and chatter eagerly with their neighbors. Charlotte sat still; Henry beside her, looked as if he wanted desperately to say something comforting but could think of nothing. His hand hovered uncertainly over his wife’s shoulder. Will was glaring across the room at Gabriel Lightwood, who looked coldly in their direction. Slowly Charlotte rose to her feet. Henry had his hand on her back now, murmuring. Jessamine was already standing, twirling her new white lace parasol. Henry had replaced the old one that had been destroyed in battle with Mortmain’s automatons. Her hair was done up in tight bunches over her ears like grapes. Tessa got quickly to her feet, and the group of them headed up the center aisle of the Council room. Tessa caught whispers on each side of her, bits of the same words, over and over: “Charlotte,” “Benedict,” “never find the Magister,” “two weeks,” “challenge,” “Consul,” “Mortmain,” “Enclave,” “humiliating.” Charlotte walked with her back straight, her cheeks red, and her eyes gazing straight ahead as if she couldn’t hear the gossip. Will seemed about to lunge off toward the whisperers to administer rough justice, but Jem had a firm grip on the back of his parabatai’s coat. Being Jem, Tessa reflected, must be a great deal like being the owner of a thoroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests. You had to have a hand on his collar constantly. Jessamine merely looked bored again. She wasn’t terribly interested in what the Enclave thought of her, or any of them. By the time they had reached the doors of the Council chamber, they were nearly running. Charlotte paused a moment to let the rest of their group catch up. Most of the crowd was streaming off to the left, where Tessa, Jem, and Will had come from, but Charlotte turned right, marched several paces down the hall, spun around a corner, and abruptly stopped. “Charlotte?” Henry, catching up to her, sounded worried. “Darling—” Without warning Charlotte drew her foot back and kicked the wall, as hard as she could. As the wall was stone, this did little damage, though Charlotte let out a low shriek. “Oh, my,” said Jessamine, twirling her parasol. “If I might make a suggestion,” said Will. “About twenty paces behind us, in the Council room, is Benedict. If you’d like to go back in there and try kicking him, I recommend aiming upward and a bit to the left—” “Charlotte.” The deep, gravelly voice was instantly recognizable. Charlotte spun around, her brown eyes widening. It was the Consul. The runes picked out in silver thread on the hem and sleeves of his cloak glittered as he moved toward the little group from the Institute, his gaze on Charlotte. One hand against the wall, she didn’t move. “Charlotte,” Consul Wayland said again, “you know what your father always said about losing your temper.” “He did say that. He also said that he should have had a son,” Charlotte replied bitterly. “If he had—if I were a man—would you have treated me as you just did?” Henry put his hand on his wife’s shoulder, murmuring something, but she shook it off. Her large, hurt brown eyes were on the Consul. “And how did I just treat you?” he asked. “As if I were a child, a little girl who needed scolding.” “Charlotte, I am the one who named you as head of the Institute and the Enclave.” The Consul sounded exasperated. “I did it not just because I was fond of Granville Fairchild and knew he wanted his daughter to succeed him, but because I thought you would accomplish the job well.” “You named Henry, too,” she said. “And you even told us when you did it that it was because the Enclave would accept a married couple as their leader, but not a woman alone.” “Well, congratulations, Charlotte. I do not think any members of the London Enclave are under the impression that they are in any way being led by Henry.” “It’s true,” Henry said, looking at his shoes. “They all know I’m rather useless. It’s my fault all this happened, Consul—” “It isn’t,” said Consul Wayland. “It is a combination of a generalized complacency on the part of the Clave, bad luck and bad timing, and some poor decisions on your part, Charlotte. Yes, I am holding you accountable for them—” “So you agree with Benedict!” Charlotte cried. “Benedict Lightwood is a blackguard and a hypocrite,” said the Consul wearily. “Everyone knows that. But he is politically powerful, and it is better to placate him with this show than it would be to antagonize him further by ignoring him.” “A show? Is that what you call this?” Charlotte demanded bitterly. “You have set me an impossible task.” “I have set you the task of locating the Magister,” said Consul Wayland. “The man who broke into the Institute, killed your servants, took your Pyxis, and plans to build an army of clockwork monsters to destroy us all—in short, a man who must be stopped. As head of the Enclave, Charlotte, stopping him is your task. If you consider it impossible, then perhaps you should ask yourself why you want the job so badly in the first place.”

Editorial Reviews

"This novel offers mystery, adventure, and, most importantly, a delicious love triangle. . . . It will not disappoint fans and it will definitely leave them eager for the conclusion of the trilogy."
--SLJ, January 2012