Book Review: “Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices, #2)

(In case you missed it, my review of Clockwork Angel is here.)


Title: Clockwork Prince (Click to add to your Goodreads!)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Available In: Hardcover, Audiobook, eBook for Nook, eBook for Kindle

Maturity Level: 14+. Lots of some makeout scenes, quite a lot of violence, and disturbing imagery. Magnus Bane still exists, and Jem has  a steamy side. :3

You May Like This Book if: you like gothic romance, steampunk, or YA; if you want to read a really good portrayal of an awesome love triangle; if you’re a fan of Cassie Clare’s other work.

You May NOT Like This Book if: you will not read a love triangle NO MATTER WHAT; if you’re averse to romance in general; IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE, CLOCKWORK ANGEL (I cannot stress this enough!). [Though I would like to include a shout-out to those who, like me, were not really impressed with The Mortal Instruments—THIS SERIES IS UMPTEEN TIMES BETTER. CC has really grown up as a writer and it shows.]


Clockwork Prince. Hmm. I have a hard time being eloquent about this book—usually I dissolve into meaningless sounds and massive amounts of hand-flailing—but I’m going to try.

Clockwork Prince picks up a little after the events of Clockwork Angel. Tessa has had some time to settle into her new life at the Institute, and indeed London, and she’s beginning to find some peace. However, that peace is abruptly shattered when a plot emerges within Shadowhunter society to unseat Charlotte as the head of the Institute. The Consul gives Charlotte and her followers an ultimatum—find Mortmain and bring him to justice in the prescribed amount of time, or lose her position, leaving Tessa and the others without protection.

Overall, I really, really, REALLY loved this book. The romance/love triangle was wonderfully handled, and there were so many scenes that either made me laugh out loud or made my throat close with tears. Occasionally, Clare over-describes, but for the most part, she appears to have attained a certain degree of proficiency in her craft that she simply didn’t have when she started out. If you’re still on the fence about this series, please do read this book; it’s definitely worth your time. 😀


  • Jem/Tessa/Will. This is quite possibly the best love triangle that I’ve seen in YA for awhile—neither of the dudes are jerks*, they both appear to truly love Tessa, and Tessa kind of truly loves both of them. And also? All three of these people are sexy as hell. I can’t help but wonder if Clare intends to make this less of a triangle and more of a threesome**, which would be awesome but might make it less marketable as YA.

*Well, Will. But there’s a story behind that. I will try not to spoil too much.

**Quick scan of the GR reviews for this book shows me that I’m not the first person who thought of this. HMM. There’s also a tweet that I remember but cannot find, where Clare actually mentions threesomes. I AM SEARCHING.

  • the humor, particularly any scene with Henry :3
  • details on Ascension and parabatai. I’m guessing some of these topics are covered in TMI, but I’ve only read the first book in that series, so I appreciated the detail.
  • Sophie and Henry becoming badass.
  • DEMON POX 😀 If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then I am saying NOTHING. Find out for yourself 😀
  • Magnus! (with Camille. And Woolsey. Oh, Magnus. I love you.)


  • Occasional over-description.
  • Unwieldy exposition in places.

Favorite Scene (s)

  • Page 63, where Henry simply forgets what he was about to say. ❤
  • Page 202-205. No explanation required. If you’ve read it, you know what I’m talking about.
  • Page 327. I’m pretty sure the everyone-thinks-Will-is-a-lunatic meeting is a thing 😀

Favorite Line: “If you will not help me, I swear I will change into you and I will lift him myself. And then everyone here will see what you look like in a dress.” Tessa to Jem, pg 193 of Clockwork Prince.

Star Rating on Goodreads/Final Grade:  4.5 stars. A+.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anna
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 19:42:49

    Really excellent review. I loved Clockwork Angel and have put off Clockwork Prince for some reason. It’s now moved right to the top of my to-read list.


    • Em
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:12:31

      I put off CP as well– I had a lot of friends who badgered me into picking it up, and I am so happy that I did. You won’t regret it! :3 And thank you ❤


  2. claryslay
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 06:56:40

    Clockwork Prince was amazing. This is the book that made me love The Infernal Devices more than The Mortal Instruments. Amazing review!


    • Em
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:13:52

      Thank you! And yes, it was…. I absolutely can’t wait for Clockwork Princess later this year, even though I’m a little sad to see the series end.


      • claryslay
        Mar 03, 2012 @ 05:36:49

        Ugh, we have to wait until next year for Clockwork Princess. Well, Cassie isn’t positive when it’ll be realeased, but as of now the release date is September 2013

      • Em
        Mar 04, 2012 @ 22:36:59

        Really? That’s a bummer 😛 I guess it’ll be all the more exciting for the wait, though!

      • claryslay
        Mar 05, 2012 @ 06:08:52

        Yeah! Do you read The Mortal Instruments, too?

      • Em
        Mar 06, 2012 @ 17:59:34

        I have read City of Bone, which was interesting but didn’t impress me all that much. I’ve been told that the series really grows on you though so I just picked up City of Ashes at BAM! the other day, since it was only $4.

        tl;dr, I am woefully behind in TMI but have every intention of catching up. I just like the Clockwork series more 😀

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