Let me start by saying that: I LOVE the Infernal Devices trilogy. I love the characters, I love the setting, I love everything about it. I recently finished Clockwork Prince, the second installment of the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare and it was just as good as Clockwork Angel.
The story picks up about two weeks after Clockwork Angel; the story itself also spans a two week period. We learn that everyone in the London Institute has been questioned/interrogated about what occurred at the end of Clockwork Angel. We also learn that no one still understands who or what Tessa is – apart from the Magister himself (who, by the way, does not make an appearance in this novel). We also learn that Will has been having secret meetings with Magnus, which continue throughout this story.
Charlotte Branwell’s leadership of the London Institute comes in question. She is challenged for the position by Benedict Lightwood and is given two weeks to find the Magister or she forfeits the Institute. At the same time, Charlotte struggles with the fact that she loves Henry but he doesn’t appear to return her love.
If the threat of losing her most recent home isn’t a problem, Tessa also has to contend with her feelings for Will along with growing attachment towards Jem. At one point, both boys declare their love for Tessa and she has a difficult time reconciling her feelings towards them. To love one means to hurt another, but when Tessa finds herself unable to decide she discovers that the one hurt the most ultimately might be herself.
What I really like about this middle installment is that we get a better sense of who the characters are. We find that Charlotte, while outwardly she appears strong, may actual be breaking inside. Tessa continues to struggle to find out who she is while also trying to solve the problem of her warring feelings. Jem continues to remain a cheerful, steady force but at one point succumbs to his own very shortened vulnerability. And Will continues to war with himself over his love for everyone – especially Tessa – and curse that could kill them all. In the end, without revealing spoilers, Charlotte keeps the Institute but the group must suffer a betrayal they didn’t expect. How will it all, ultimately, end?
Just one more book to go! 🙂
My rating: 5/5