Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
Another segment in the world that is Infernal Devices! This novel moved along well and was full of new pieces of the puzzle to figure out how the characters in Infernal Devices relate to those in Mortal Instruments. The relationship between Will and Jem and Tessa took a surprising turn. Jem is so kind and good and sweet -- which was mentioned several times by various characters. Will had an epiphany, but it would be a spoiler if I told what it was. Will's family appears on the scene although he cannot contact them. Tessa is searching for what she is which she didn't totally discover -- fodder for the next book. Her brother rears his ugly head again and hurts more of the people he comes in contact with. There were few actual clockwork automatons in this one, but the ones that were featured were definitely beastly. Charlotte and Henry's managing of the Institute in London was questioned by Benedict Lightwood and they set out to prove their worth. Their relationship developed, nay came to a sweet realization, which I really loved.
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