Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Age Group: YA
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: 12/06/2011
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, 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?
I waited so long for this book that I just couldn't wait to dive in. I loved this book. I am a die hard Cassandra Clare fan. She is brilliant; she has a way of capturing and keeping the readers interest. This book was no exception. It sucked me in from the very first page. This book had so many unexpected turns that it left me speechless. I am still shocked by some of the characters actions. Each of the characters grow and change throughout this book. Unlike most of the books I have read I really like the main character Tessa. I don't find her annoying like many of the characters in other books. By far my my favorite characters are William and Jem, they bring so much depth and humor to the story. I really enjoyed reading about will and his journey. Throughout this book you really see his character change for the better. This book was realistic, wonderfully written, and had a great plot. Cassandra Clare has set the bar extremely high for the next book in the series. I cannot wait for Clockwork Princess.