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.
This book has been out for a week now, and if you haven't picked up a copy yet...well...what are you waiting for?
As I mentioned to Cassandra Clare on twitter, normally I HATE love triangles--usually they're done in such a wimpy fashion, all "oh, I can't decide...one's all broody and the other's all...broody" but that isn't the case here. The dynamic between Tessa, the main character, and the two boys, Will and Jem, is unique. Usually the two guys in a love triangle are in a perpetual battle for the girl's affections, and they can't stand each other (it's all very dramatic). Whereas in Clockwork Prince, Will and Jem are best friends. There is so much love and affection between the two boys, and that makes Tessa's feelings for them both even stronger, because they ARE so close, and care for each other so much.
The problem is that she loves them both, but for very different reasons, and she finds herself torn between them.
Truthfully, I'm all kinds of torn between who I want her to choose...don't worry, Tessa. It's not just you.
This book picks up where Clockwork Angel leaves off (READ THAT ONE FIRST!!!), and now the pressure is on to find The Magister before they lose control over the Clave. The characters are getting desperate. This book is full of magic, mystery and betrayal...and possibly the BEST love triangle in YA (in my own humble opinion).
Aside: I'm sorry about going on about the love triangle, but I love it so...Tessa is just so PROPER, and everything is so SCANDALOUS!
And also? There's more Magnus Bane in this one than in Clockwork Angel, and I love me some Magnus Bane.
I loved being drawn deeper into the world Cassandra Clare has created. It's so full of secrets and unexpectedness (that's not a word, you say? I say BAH to you. It is now. So there) and magic and danger...I could go on and on...
But I won't. Go read the book and find out for yourself.