- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
- Format: CD-Audio
- Dimensions: 138mm x 148mm x 40mm | 299g
- Publication date: 6 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: Riverside
- ISBN 10: 144233472X
- ISBN 13: 9781442334724
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 357,212
True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the enchanting second book in the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa's powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister's war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move--and that one of their own has betrayed them. Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.
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By Brenna Staats 17 May 2012
The Infernal Devices is the Shadowhunter series that has really captured my attention and held it; there are so many things to appreciate in this fascinating story, and I find that the world Cassandra has created in it blends very well with the elements she includes.
Clockwork Prince is an excellent follow up to Clockwork Angel, provided some much needed back story and focuses on developing the relationships between the characters making a very enjoyable story. And as always, some shocking twists.
Reasons to Read:
1.A more in depth understanding of character relationships:
One of my favourite things about Cassandra's writing and her books is how well she fleshes out the relationships between her characters; they're fully three dimensional and each is unique in its own way (much like relationships in real life). The Infernal Devices, in my opinion, is where this is best scene in her stories, particularly the deep friendship and bond between Will and Jem. She is able to include subtle intricacies that are so hard to include in books, but they're plentiful in Clockwork Prince and really allow you to pick up on exactly how each character stands in relation to the others.
2.Flawless character development:
First of all, you need to understand that I'm a Will fan. Don't get me wrong, I love Jem as well, but I have a soft spot for desperately broken boys like Will. But I also wasn't overly impressed with his actions in Clockwork Angel, so I was curious to see where he'd end up in the sequel. And I was positively thrilled to get to see some of the layers lurking beneath his cold and hard heart. Will is such a fascinating and complex character because there's so much hidden inside him from his past and I loved getting to learn more about that aspect of him.
3.There isn't a perfectly happy ending:
It really should be considered torture having us read these books, get close to the characters and then watch as these terrible things happen to them. It's heartbreaking, and makes everyone I know in real life wonder if I'm crazy for caring about fictional characters so much (possibly). But I appreciate that Cassandra incorporates a sense of realisim into her stories, and that is especially clear in Clockwork Prince. People die. People get hurt. Not everyone is happy. But this gives us a chance to see their inner strength and get to know them even better. I wouldn't trade that for anything. The reality is that bad things happen, and you either learn to survive or give up.
The one thing I didn't love about Clockwork Prince is that it didn't seem as if the overall plot really moved along. Maybe it's because I listened to the audio over a long period of time that it felt so slow, and while I enjoyed it, by the end of the book I didn't really feel like too much had been accomplished towards the ultimate goal.
Thoughts on the audio:
Ed Wistwick and Heather Lind do a wonderful job for the audio. Both had excellent voices, and Ed in particular was superb. The one thing I really liked about him is that he was able to capture the different voices and make them sound effortless, but without doing any funny voices or accents. Ed clearly stole the show, and while Heather was good her voice could come across as a bit bored and emotionless. It's a long audiobook, and it took me a while to get through, but definitely worth buying.
"Whether it's the overly tight corsets or the smell of dark magic that hangs in the air "like sulfur mixed with the Thames on a hot day," there's something about Victorian England that heightens tensions, both romantic and paranormal. In "Clockwork Prince," the second installment in a prequel trilogy to the bestselling "The Mortal Instruments" series, Cassandra Clare demonstrates her relentless authorial alchemy, blending societal restraint and an otherworldly battle into a steamy steampunk drama." --"Los Angeles Times", December 2011