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, but 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.
[The fog was thick, muffling sound and sight. Where it parted, Will Herondale could see the street rising ahead of him, slick and wet and black with rain, and he could hear the voices of the dead]
(Walker Books, 6 December 2011, borrowed from my library)
This picks up where the first book, Clockwork Angel left off.
I loved this book as well. Some loose ends from the first book are tied up but even more questions are left unanswered for the third book, Clockwork Princess.
I like the whole Steampunk vibe the Infernal Devices series gives to the Shadowhunters mythology.
This book, like Clockwork Angel is set in Victorian London. I loved the setting; the author brings it to life and makes it really memorable.
I loved all the links to The Mortal Instruments series such as references to Clave, Idris, the Silent Brothers, Downworlder’s, Magnus Bane (my favourite character), Camille and some ancestors of characters in The Mortal Instruments put in an appearance.
There is a rather annoying love triangle between Tessa, Jem and Will but thankfully this doesn’t take up a lot of time or get too cheesy.
I love where Clockwork Prince goes and can’t wait to read the final book, Clockwork Princess to find out if the Shadowhunters are able to triumph over Mortmain and his band of automatons.