What is it about?
Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices trilogy (see my review of the first, Clockwork Angel, here) – I would recommend reading the first before tackling this 500-page behemoth. We pick up where Angel left off; Tessa is still trying to figure exactly what kind of supernatural being she is, Will is still a ball of angst (although this is put in more context – thank god), and Jem is still an adorable puppy dog that needs protecting at all costs. The crux of the plot is this: Charlotte (and thus the other shadowhunters) are in danger of losing the London Institute, and to prove that she – and women in general – is capable of running it, she must find the clockwork-obsessed villain of the previous book. Obviously, everything that can go wrong does, and Tessa finds herself not only hopelessly in love with Will, but also attracted to his best friend, Jem. Oh, and do I hear wedding bells?
Is it any good?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Clare’s writing style makes me cringe in places that I didn’t know were even capable of cringing. She uses similes like they’re going out of fashion (often recycling the same one over and over) and she has a tedious obsession with pairing off every character with the love of their life – unless, of course, they’re the main three characters in which case they are of course doomed to be in a painful love triangle that will make any reader want to slit their wrists; think the Jace-Clary-Simon love triangle from the early Mortal Instruments books and times it by a zillion. Yes. We are perhaps even surpassing Bella-Edward-Jacob levels of annoying. But then, in places, she has fantastic ideas. All of the characters save for the main two (the focaliser that is Tessa and the brooding Byronic hero that is Will) are fascinating. I read the books for those moments and those characters (Jem, Magnus, Henry, Jessamine etc), even if it does mean enduring the rest of it; 100 pages of pure suffering is all worth it for just a sentence of Magnus. All of that said, I did find it a vast improvement on the previous book in the series.
How long did it take to read: three days
For fans of: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, soap operas, Twilight, steampunk stories, love triangles
This book tastes like: buttery crumpets