Steampunk Book Review: Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

If you’re like me, after reading Clockwork Angel you’ll have to find out more about Tessa and her ability to change into anyone just by holding something they owned. And what is the origin of the tiny titan, the clockwork angel, that seemed to come to life just in time to save Tessa’s?


The second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy picks up only a few weeks after the events of the last book. Charlotte’s grip on the Institute is tenuous in the wake of the discovery that Tessa’s brother had been a spy in their midst. The Council gives them only two weeks to locate Mortmain, the man who claims to have “made” Tessa and shaped her ability. (Not to mention, he intends to marry her for a still as yet unknown reason.) They may have recovered the volatile volume that gives warlocks the ability to bring clockwork to life, but Mortmain has already perfected his technique. It’s only a matter of time before the clockwork army makes its move against the Shadowhunters.

As Tessa tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, she finds comfort in Jem. He’s a kind soul, destined to die young from addiction to a drug that both cures and kills him. She has to find some way to take her mind off Will, Jem’s “brother from another mother” and resident blue-eyed heart throb. He’s done his best to push her away, so she resolves to do the same. If only her heart didn’t pitter patter faster every time he entered the room…

Their search for answers about Mortmain, not Warlock nor demon but a human with a vast web of “downworld” allies, takes them to the countryside. Will, Jem, and Tessa don’t expect to find anything at his old homestead, but they are met with both an automaton with a warning and the past that Will has been desperately trying to flee. Somehow, his family has become intertwined with the enemy, but a vow he made long ago makes him powerless to help them.

What I Thought of The Clockwork Prince

I had a great time reading this book. There are a lot of teen romances out there, and even a lot of teen romances between teens with super powers, but I think Clare crafts an especially robust and heart rending narrative. She expertly weaves the love story throughout an exciting action-filled plot in a way that does not feel at all forced. I didn’t get my questions about Tessa or the angel answered, but of course I didn’t really expect to. That’s reserved for the final installment! She does get to eliminate some possibilities, which makes me wonder even more what the truth will turn out to be.

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