In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, while her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers to who she is and what she was born to do?
This book definitely stepped up a notch from Clockwork Angel and I enjoyed reading it so much. The way it is written is just beautiful, with some wonderful quotations of classic books. It is fast paced and although not every chapter is action packed there is a lot going on to hold your interest. A few deep dark secrets are revealed and we finally get to learn of Will’s big secret.
The atmospheric setting in grey Victorian London is spot on and adds to the drama of the story.
The characters develop and blossom and of course the love triangle we were teased with in the first book becomes so much more entangled and complicated. The way the characters show their emotions is beautifully described and their personalities and little quirks shine through so much so that they almost come to life. I also adore their deep appreciation for literature.
“We live and breathe words…..It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.”
There are some truly heartbreaking moments in this book and it is so very emotional. My heart also breaks for Will Herondale, oh my goodness all those wasted years, and I actually even began to like him in this book.
“You’re seventeen” Magnus said. “You can’t have wasted a life you’ve barely lived”.
Clockwork Prince is the perfect sequel to Clockwork Angel, the plot is full of drama and suspense and keeps you guessing what will happen next. The mystery and intrigue keeps building in this novel and things couldn’t get more complicated. It will play with your emotions and once you have read this book you will immediately be reaching for Clockwork Princess, as I will be doing.
“It’s too late” she said.
“Don’t say that”. His voice was half a whisper. “I love you, Tessa. I love you”.
“I could not tell you if I love you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking towards me and realised that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you”.
4.5 stars because it was better than Clockwork Angel, which I awarded 4 stars, but not quite a 5 star read for me.