Series: The Infernal Devices #2
Published by Walker on 6th December 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?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.
What worked for me: Absolutely everything. I loved the development all the characters went through, and that we got to see more of Charlotte and Henry too. The plot had so many twists and turns, yet I just could not stop reading it! Also, just to get this out in the open, I am now a firm, firm member of Team Jem. There’s one particular scene that I ended up reading three times because I could not get enough of it. I absolutely adored his and Tessa’s relationship, and I really, really hope that this continues in the next installment of this series or my heart may just possibly break into tiny little pieces.
Also, I think Tessa has really come into her own in this book, and, if we’re to compare Clary and Tessa, I prefer Tessa. I just think she’s got more spark about her. (Not to say that I don’t love Clary, because I do). I liked the twist that came about her heritage, and that it was left to be solved in the next installment of the series.
What didn’t work for me: At the risk of sounding awfully lame, the fact that Clockwork Princess doesn’t come out until the latter end of this year.
This has been a highly anticipated release for every Cassandra Clare fan, and for me, this really did not disappoint.