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4.0 out of 5 stars There is a lot of heartbreak in this one...a lot...like Jane Austen a lot., December 6, 2011
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This review is from: Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices) (Hardcover)
As much as I enjoyed CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE is superior is almost every way. Everything is tighter, crisper, more dangerous, and the romance will warm your heart one moment and break it the next.

My minor complaints about the trio in this series being carbon copies of the trio in The Mortal Instruments is completely gone in CLOCKWORK PRINCE. Will, Jem, and Tessa are so brilliantly alive and distinct from any other characters that Clare has breathed life into that I can hardly believe I ever felt they were knock offs. I will say that the relationships between all three main characters are given equal weight, and that is something that has carried over from the previous series. So while we are torn watching the tortured romance play out between Tessa and Will, and then the touching and heartbreaking love that blossoms between Jem and Tessa, those relationships never overshadow the bone deep brotherly love between Will and Jem. Sometimes while reading about multiple relationships in other books, I will settle on a favorite and become impatient when the others get page time. Not in CLOCKWORK PRINCE, my heart was equally invested in all three.

CLOCKWORK PRINCE, while having a robust plot involving attempted coups, an army of automotons, and spies, is really real about the characters. We learn tantalizing clues about what Tessa is, the reason why Jem is the only one that Will will let himself get close to, and why Will is as tormented and isolated from everyone else (and wow is it a doosey). There is a lot of heartbreak in this one...a lot...like Jane Austen a lot. Honor and devotion and self sacrifice are the dominant themes and they all play out beautifully.

I blinked and I was reading the last page, that how fast CLOCKWORK PRINCE flew by, and I wanted more. The ending is ripe with bittersweet love and loss, and I almost don't know what to hope for since no matter what happens next, it will be devastating to at least one character that I've grown to love. I'm dying for and dreading the next book in the Infernal Devices series, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, which hits shelves on December 1st 2012. After this fantastic set up, it's now one of my top wish list titles.

Sexual Content:
Kissing. Two scenes of sensuality
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2011 1:45:46 AM PST
808Momof3 says:
Oh! I completely agree!!! Soooo heartbreaking!! I just don't see how Cassandra Clare can make the trio all happy again. I just don't. Unless the sister plays a part in it. . . How is it only Dec. 6 2011 and I can't WAIT for Dec. 1 2012?!

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 11:02:46 PM PST
Books&Stuff says:
I'm pretty sure I can see where the setup is going and it's going to end in tears for Tessa and Will but it will bring them closer and Jem will get his happiness. It was truly depressing and heartwarming at the same time. Also agree with earlier poster and am excited to see what the sister's role will be, love how Cassandra Clare keeps us on our toes!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2011 11:13:08 AM PST
Bkrdr50 says:
Dec 2012? That's just way to long! This was a really good book, can't wait to find out what happens to all the characters in the conclusion.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 9:01:31 PM PST
you read my mind.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 8:03:37 PM PST
Does the main love interest die ie Will??? thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 12:01:18 PM PST
AJ says:
No, he's very much alive at the end :)

Posted on May 9, 2012 7:23:04 PM PDT
Thank you sooooooooooooooo much for telling us the date that Clockwork Princess will be out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't wait!!!!!!!! I hope Tessa choses Will!!!!!!
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