Cassandra Clare Amazes With Clockwork Prince,
This review is from: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices) (Hardcover)
**Originally published on Examiner.com**
Cassandra Clare has done it again with Clockwork Prince, the sequel to her bestselling novel, Clockwork Angel. Her new novel has left this reader laughing, devouring page after page with reckless abandon, and caught in a state of conflicting emotions. In other words, Clockwork Prince could be Clare's best work yet.
Without spoiling too much, as this is indeed a novel that is best read entirely unspoiled, Clockwork Prince continues the story Tessa, Will, and Jem. Set in Victorian London, the trio set out to unlock the secrets of the Magister. What exactly does he want with Tessa? Just how far does the Magister's web of revenge extend? And worse, whom can they trust, and who will betray them? Never mind that Tessa and Jem are growing closer with each passing day, but her longing for Will never seems to cease. What terrible secret is Will hiding? The answers and the outcome to all of these questions will be beyond what any of them had ever imagined.
This reader meant no exaggeration when she stated that Clockwork Prince is Clare's best work yet. Everything about the novel pieces together nicely. The writing is superb--the atmosphere of Victorian London palpable. The plot itself builds seamlessly with plenty of plot twists that will leave readers reeling in shock. The real treat of Clare's novels, however, has always been her characters and she does not disappoint in Clockwork Prince. Tessa is a strong, independent, and likable character, not an easy accomplishment in a genre full of weak female protagonists. Clare also handles the triangle between Tessa, Jem, and Will with great care and respect, and she takes a rather different approach from traditional love triangles. Again, this is no simple feat. The reader can see why Tessa's emotions are so conflicted. The reader can see why Tessa is so desirable. The relationship readers will want to pay most attention to, however, is the relationship between Will and Jem. The love and respect displayed between both boys is beautifully written and touching--making the end result all the more heart wrenching. In classic Clare fashion, Clockwork Prince ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, leaving readers to mark their calendars for Clockwork Princess (the final installment of the Infernal Devices trilogy) in anxious anticipation.
Beautifully written, humorous, and heart breaking, all of this reader's praise is aimed for Clockwork Prince.