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Clockwork Prince [Format Kindle]

Cassandra Clare
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THE COUNCIL CHAMBER


Above, the fair hall-ceiling stately set

Many an arch high up did lift,

And angels rising and descending met

With interchange of gift.

—Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Palace of Art”

“Oh, yes. It really does look just as I imagined,” Tessa said, and turned to smile at the boy who stood beside her. He had just helped her over a puddle, and his hand still rested politely on her arm, just above the crook of her elbow.

James Carstairs smiled back at her, elegant in his dark suit, his silver-fair hair whipped by the wind. His other hand rested on a jade-topped cane, and if any of the great crowd of people milling around them thought that it was odd that someone so young should need a walking stick, or found anything unusual about his coloring or the cast of his features, they didn’t pause to stare.

“I shall count that as a blessing,” said Jem. “I was beginning to worry, you know, that everything you encountered in London was going to be a disappointment.”

A disappointment. Tessa’s brother, Nate, had once promised her everything in London—a new beginning, a wonderful place to live, a city of soaring buildings and gorgeous parks. What Tessa had found instead was horror and betrayal, and danger beyond anything she could have imagined. And yet . . .

“Not everything has been.” She smiled up at Jem.

“I am glad to hear it.” His tone was serious, not teasing. She looked away from him up at the grand edifice that rose before them. Westminster Abbey, with its great Gothic spires nearly touching the sky. The sun had done its best to struggle out from behind the haze-tipped clouds, and the abbey was bathed in weak sunlight.

“This is really where it is?” she asked as Jem drew her forward, toward the abbey entrance. “It seems so . . .”

“Mundane?”

“I had meant to say crowded.” The Abbey was open to tourists today, and groups of them swarmed busily in and out the enormous doors, most clutching Baedeker guidebooks in their hands. A group of American tourists—middle-aged women in unfashionable clothes, murmuring in accents that made Tessa briefly homesick—passed them as they went up the stairs, hurrying after a lecturer who was offering a guided tour of the Abbey. Jem and Tessa melted in effortlessly behind them.

The inside of the abbey smelled of cold stone and metal. Tessa looked up and around, marveling at the size of the place. It made the Institute look like a village church.

“Notice the triple division of the nave,” a guide droned, going on to explain that smaller chapels lined the eastern and western aisles of the Abbey. There was a hush over the place even though no services were going on. As Tessa let Jem lead her toward the eastern side of the church, she realized she was stepping over stones carved with dates and names. She had known that famous kings, queens, soldiers, and poets were buried in Westminster Abbey, but she hadn’t quite expected she’d be standing on top of them.

She and Jem slowed finally at the southeastern corner of the church. Watery daylight poured through the rose window overhead. “I know we are in a hurry to get to the Council meeting,” said Jem, “but I wanted you to see this.” He gestured around them. “Poets’ Corner.”

Tessa had read of the place, of course, where the great writers of England were buried. There was the gray stone tomb of Chaucer, with its canopy, and other familiar names: “Edmund Spenser, oh, and Samuel Johnson,” she gasped, “and Coleridge, and Robert Burns, and Shakespeare—”

“He isn’t really buried here,” said Jem quickly. “It’s just a monument. Like Milton’s.”

“Oh, I know, but—” She looked at him, and felt herself flush. “I can’t explain it. It’s like being among friends, being among these names. Silly, I know . . .”

“Not silly at all.”

She smiled at him. “How did you know just what I’d want to see?”

“How could I not?” he said. “When I think of you, and you are not there, I see you in my mind’s eye always with a book in your hand.” He looked away from her as he said it, but not before she caught the slight flush on his cheekbones. He was so pale, he could never hide even the least blush, she thought—and was surprised how affectionate the thought was.

She had become very fond of Jem over the past fortnight; Will had been studiously avoiding her, Charlotte and Henry were caught up in issues of Clave and Council and the running of the Institute—and even Jessamine seemed preoccupied. But Jem was always there. He seemed to take his role as her guide to London seriously. They had been to Hyde Park and Kew Gardens, the National Gallery and the British Museum, the Tower of London and Traitors’ Gate. They had gone to see the cows being milked in St. James’s Park, and the fruit and vegetable sellers hawking their wares in Covent Garden. They had watched the boats sailing on the sun-sparked Thames from the Embankment, and had eaten things called “doorstops,” which sounded horrible but turned out to be butter, sugar, and bread. And as the days went on, Tessa felt herself unfolding slowly out of her quiet, huddled unhappiness over Nate and Will and the loss of her old life, like a flower climbing out of frozen ground. She had even found herself laughing. And she had Jem to thank for it.

“You are a good friend,” she exclaimed. And when to her surprise he said nothing to that, she said, “At least, I hope we are good friends. You do think so too, don’t you, Jem?”

He turned to look at her, but before he could reply, a sepulchral voice spoke out of the shadows,

“‘Mortality, behold and fear!

What a change of flesh is here:

Think how many royal bones

Sleep within these heaps of stones.’”

A dark shape stepped out from between two monuments. As Tessa blinked in surprise, Jem said, in a tone of resigned amusement, “Will. Decided to grace us with your presence after all?”

“I never said I wasn’t coming.” Will moved forward, and the light from the rose windows fell on him, illuminating his face. Even now, Tessa never could look at him without a tightening in her chest, a painful stutter of her heart. Black hair, blue eyes, graceful cheekbones, thick dark lashes, full mouth—he would have been pretty if he had not been so tall and so muscular. She had run her hands over those arms. She knew what they felt like—iron, corded with hard muscles; his hands, when they cupped the back of her head, slim and flexible but rough with calluses . . .

She tore her mind away from the memories. Memories did one no good, not when one knew the truth in the present. Will was beautiful, but he was not hers; he was not anybody’s. Something in him was broken, and through that break spilled a blind cruelty, a need to hurt and to push away.

“You’re late for the Council meeting,” said Jem good-naturedly. He was the only one Will’s puckish malice never seemed to touch.

“I had an errand,” said Will. Up close Tessa could see that he looked tired. His eyes were rimmed with red, the shadows beneath them nearly purple. His clothes looked crumpled, as if he had slept in them, and his hair wanted cutting. But that has nothing to do with you, she told herself sternly, looking away from the soft dark waves that curled around his ears, the back of his neck. It does not matter what you think of how he looks or how he chooses to spend his time. He has made that very clear. “And you are not exactly on the dot of the hour yourselves.”

“I wanted to show Tessa Poets’ Corner,” said Jem. “I thought she would like it.” He spoke so simply and plainly, no one could ever doubt him or imagine he said anything but the truth. In the face of his simple desire to please, even Will didn’t seem to be able to think of anything unpleasant to say; he merely shrugged, and moved on ahead of them at a rapid pace through the abbey and out into the East Cloister.

There was a square garden here surrounded by cloister walls, and people were walking around the edges of it, murmuring in low voices as if they were still in the church. None of them took notice of Tessa and her companions as they approached a set of double oak doors set into one of the walls. Will, after glancing around, took his stele from his pocket and drew the tip across the wood. The door sparked with a brief blue light and swung open. Will stepped inside, Jem and Tessa following just behind. The door was heavy, and closed with a resounding bang behind Tessa, nearly trapping her skirts; she pulled them away only just in time, and stepped backward quickly, turning around in what was a near pitch-darkness. “Jem?”

Light blazed up; it was Will, holding his witchlight stone. They were in a large stone-bound room with vaulted ceilings. The floor appeared to be brick, and there was an altar at one end of the room. “We’re in the Pyx Chamber,” he said. “Used to be a treasury. Boxes of gold and silver all along the walls.”

“A Shadowhunter treasury?” Tessa was thoroughly puzzled.

“No, the British royal treasury—thus the thick walls and doors,” said Jem. “But we Shadowhunters have always had access.” He smiled at her expression. “Monarchies down through the ages have tithed to the Nephilim, in s...

Revue de presse

"A purple page turner."
--Kirkus Reviews, November 2011

“Clare delivers in this trilogy second. . . . Really very well done. Be sure to start with the first in the Infernal Devices trilogy, Clockwork Angel, to best enjoy this tale.”
-- Romantic Times Book Review, December 2011

"Whether it's the overly tight corsets or the smell of dark magic that hangs in the air "like sulfur mixed with the Thames on a hot day," there's something about Victorian England that heightens tensions, both romantic and paranormal. In "Clockwork Prince," the second installment in a prequel trilogy to the bestselling "The Mortal Instruments" series, Cassandra Clare demonstrates her relentless authorial alchemy, blending societal restraint and an otherworldly battle into a steamy steampunk drama."
--Los Angeles Times, December 2011

"This novel offers mystery, adventure, and, most importantly, a delicious love triangle. . . . It will not disappoint fans and it will definitely leave them eager for the conclusion of the trilogy."
--SLJ, January 2012

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4175 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 529 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1416975888
  • Editeur : Margaret K. McElderry Books (6 décembre 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sur la confusion des genres et des sentiments 11 décembre 2011
Par Lady Lama TOP 500 COMMENTATEURS VOIX VINE
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Le tome 2 des "Infernal Devices" (série de trois tomes préquelle à la série "Les Instruments Mortels") est d'une qualité similaire au tome 1 The Infernal Devices 1. Clockwork Angel et se lit toujours aussi plaisamment. C'est une série fantastique pour adolescents concernant une guerre larvée entre Nephilims, démons et le méchant Magister, au milieu des humains qui ne les voient guère. Il n'est pas nécessaire d'avoir lu la série clé "Les Instruments Mortels" pour lire celle-ci, mais il est bien sûr nécessaire d'avoir lu le premier tome des "Infernal Devices". Si vous ne l'avez pas fait, je ne vous conseille pas de lire la suite de cet avis.

Nous retrouvons donc Tessa, jeune humaine (ou pas?) entourée des deux Nephilims Will (aussi beau et ardent que torturé) et Jess (aussi doux et aimant que gravement malade). L'histoire progresse lentement et finalement j'ai trouvé qu'elle servait surtout de prétexte à l'auteur pour dépeindre un portrait de la confusion pouvant s'établir à l'adolescence. On y trouve confusion des genres (humains, néphilims, warlocks, démons, interdits et préjugés mêlés), confusion des sexes (du travestissement à l'homosexualité avouée et suggérée), confusion des origines, confusion surtout des sentiments. Sur ce point Cassandra Clare frôle parfois le ridicule, le côté "Santa Barbara" avec des oscillations de sentiments répétées, mais elle maintient toujours le cap.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved this one more than the first book 12 mai 2013
Par LF
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I love Clockwork Prince much more than Clockwork Angel, it was brilliant!
I loved the suspence in it and the surprising twists and turns in the story.

Will is growing on me... I didn't like him so much in Clockwork Angel. I felt like he was a cheap version of Jace. But in this book it's clear Cassandra Clare didn't just make him a copy of Jace but he has his own personality.

It was good to see Magnus a bit more in this book, love him!

Tessa learned a few new things about what she is, or isn't in Clockwork Prince but there are still a lot of unanswered questions... one being "What does the Magister want with her?". I have an idea about that and I hope it will be revealed in the next book.

The whole gang have all this new info on the Magister but don't seem any closer to stop him or catch him. But now that a few of his allies are no longer helping him, I hope they are coming closer.
I wonder what plans Mortmain will concoct in the next book!
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Appréciant beaucoup l'univers de l'auteur, je me suis replongée avec joie dans l'ambiance de ce Londres de l'époque victorienne.
Tous les ingrédients qui ont fait le succès de la série "The Mortal Instruments" sont à nouveau au rendez-vous : de l'action, de l'humour, du suspense, et, quand même, de la romance.

Si vous avez aimé "The Mortal Instruments", je vous recommande vivement la série "The Infernal Devices"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 5 étoiles ne suffisent pas! 9 janvier 2013
Par Eden33806
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... et Cassandra Clare n'écrit pas assez vite!!!! C'est un truc de dingue. J'ai découvert par hasard Clockwork Angel et depuis j'ai avalé tout ses bouquins.
Dans Clockwork Prince on retrouve Tessa, Will et Jem... et on retrouve aussi l'espoir... Finalement quelquchose serait peut-être possible entre Will et Tessa? Bien sûr pour le savoir il faudra lire le livre. Tout ce que je peux vous dire c'est que mon coeur n'a fait que battre tout au long de l'histoire... Il y a eu de la colère, de l'amour, de la joie, du désespoir, de l'espoir, des larmes, de celles qui révèlent que les mots de l'auteur sont venus exploser au plus profond de l'âme et entrer en résonnance avec notre coeur...
L'attente du prochain tome est cruelle! On devrait interdire aux auteurs de publier avant d'avoir tout écrit!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 There is a lot of heartbreak in this one...a lot...like Jane Austen a lot. 7 décembre 2011
Par AJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As much as I enjoyed CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE is superior is almost every way. Everything is tighter, crisper, more dangerous, and the romance will warm your heart one moment and break it the next.

My minor complaints about the trio in this series being carbon copies of the trio in The Mortal Instruments is completely gone in CLOCKWORK PRINCE. Will, Jem, and Tessa are so brilliantly alive and distinct from any other characters that Clare has breathed life into that I can hardly believe I ever felt they were knock offs. I will say that the relationships between all three main characters are given equal weight, and that is something that has carried over from the previous series. So while we are torn watching the tortured romance play out between Tessa and Will, and then the touching and heartbreaking love that blossoms between Jem and Tessa, those relationships never overshadow the bone deep brotherly love between Will and Jem. Sometimes while reading about multiple relationships in other books, I will settle on a favorite and become impatient when the others get page time. Not in CLOCKWORK PRINCE, my heart was equally invested in all three.

CLOCKWORK PRINCE, while having a robust plot involving attempted coups, an army of automotons, and spies, is really real about the characters. We learn tantalizing clues about what Tessa is, the reason why Jem is the only one that Will will let himself get close to, and why Will is as tormented and isolated from everyone else (and wow is it a doosey). There is a lot of heartbreak in this one...a lot...like Jane Austen a lot. Honor and devotion and self sacrifice are the dominant themes and they all play out beautifully.

I blinked and I was reading the last page, that how fast CLOCKWORK PRINCE flew by, and I wanted more. The ending is ripe with bittersweet love and loss, and I almost don't know what to hope for since no matter what happens next, it will be devastating to at least one character that I've grown to love. I'm dying for and dreading the next book in the Infernal Devices series, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS, which hits shelves on December 1st 2012. After this fantastic set up, it's now one of my top wish list titles.

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Kissing. Two scenes of sensuality
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I dare you to read this and not cry 14 décembre 2011
Par onepagereviews - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If someone were to ask me who my favorite current YA author is, I would say Cassandra Clare. She's received a lot of criticism for her Mortal Instruments series, especially the most recent addition City of Fallen Angels. However, I have been a devoted fan since first reading City of Bones. I love this world she's created. I love the Shadowhunters. I love her ability to create an entire cast of characters that are not only interesting but also engaging. I especially love Jace and his sharp, sarcastic humor. But do you know what I love more than The Mortal Instruments?

The Infernal Devices.

Clockwork Angel was my first venture into modern steampunk. (Technically, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne could be considered the founding fathers of the genre.) It totally changed my view of historical fantasy, and I fell so in love with the genre that it quickly became one of my favorites. But Cassie, more than any other YA author that I've ever read, has managed to totally capture the Victorian time period in her novels. I have never - NEVER - read another book that encompasses the culture, the literature, the art, the mindsets, and the twisted beauty of that time period as Clockwork Prince.

I'm a HUGE Victorian literature fan. It's all I read in high school, and it still holds a very special place in my heart. I'm fascinated by every part of it. Most books written about it now, however, just can't really capture the feel of Victorian England.

But this book does.

Cassie quite famously spent an extended period of time in England, walking the streets her characters walked and reading only books written during the Victorian Era. And you can totally tell! It's obvious on every page that she did her research. The language the characters use, the way they interact - it was all spot-on! I also loved the many literary and cultural references. I mean, we're talking both Brontes, Coleridge, Byron, Tennyson, Dickens. It was like walking through a literary wonderland. I'm pretty sure I squealed at least twice - once when Magnus quotes Swinburne's "The Garden of Proserpine" and again when I realized that the head of the London werewolf pack was part of the Aesthetic Movement and a disciple of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Along the same lines, Cassie does an incredible job with Tessa, the protagonist. I love Tessa. Seriously. She's not all that physically tough, but she's spunky and brave. She also agonizes over her behavior and how the Shadowhunters break propriety all the time. This really rang true for me. She's been taught her entire life that she must be a "proper lady" and focus entirely on her virtue and decorum. So when she's thrown into the world of the Shadowhunters, which allows for a woman to run one of their Institutes and lets her fight alongside men, she's shocked. I absolutely adored her character arc and really just her as a narrator. She's level-headed and bookish, but she's not mousy or too wrapped up in the romance.

And speaking of romance, I've got to say that this book has an incredible one! Actually, it has two. I know, I know. A love triangle. But don't discount it just yet. I went to one of Cassie's signings last year, and she said that with The Infernal Devices, she wanted to create a love triangle in which the reader really doesn't know who the heroine will or should choose. So many times in YA, it's obvious who the true hero is. But it's much harder to tell in Clockwork Prince! Will and Jem were introduced in the first book, and I've got to say that I was definitely Team Jem. He's incredible nice, patient, courteous, and loyal. Will was reminiscient of Jace from The Mortal Instruments but a lot meaner.

Then I read Clockwork Prince, which was SUPPOSED to make us love Jem, but which actually converted me to Team Will. I don't want to give anything away, but there's a huge bomb dropped on us about his past in this book. And it totally changes the way you look at him. He's now my favorite character in the entire series. (And if Tessa hadn't annoyingly referred to him as "beautiful" or "angelic" on every other page, he might have become my favorite character from all of Cassie's books. Alas!) I don't want to give anything away, but I'll just say that I totally fell in love with his character. I was really happy to see that there were sections told from his POV, so we got to see into his head. Maybe that was why I ended up liking him more than Jem - I felt like I knew him better at the end of the book than I knew Jem.

This book as the love triangle to end all love triangles. It is perfect. I never once thought Tessa was being selfish or silly. Her choices are mature and well thought-out. And, my goodness, there are some swoon-worthy moments with both Jem and Will. Like...fan yourself swoony.

Cassie has this way of creating characters that you just can't help but feel bad for. I seriously wanted to reach into the book and give both Will and Jem giant hugs. They're both hurting like crazy. And their friendship? A-freakin-dorable! I now want a parabati. And I think my favorite quote from the book is...

Jem: "Whatever part you [Will] might act to the contrary, I see you as you really are, my blood brother. Not just better than you pretend to be, but better than most people could hope to be." (p. 481)

And while this was definitely a character-driven book for me, the plot is also fantastic and the worldbuilding is complex. One of my favorite parts of the book was the urban fantasy feel to it. The world of the Shadowhunters is so realized that I feel like I know as much about it as I did the world of Harry Potter. The politics of the Clave, the role of the Silent Brothers, the blood fueds among Shadowhunter families. #OMGILOVEIT!

This is my favorite Cassie Clare book. Of them all. The others entertained me, but this one really touched me. This wasn't a book I devoured like candy. This is a great book that deserved more time with me thinking about it. The characters are all so vivid and their pain so visceral that I felt totally connected to them.

I've read some great books this year, but Clockwork Prince reminded me why I love reading, why I wade through all those mediocre paranormal romances and hollow contemporaries - so I can get my hands on gems like this one.

This book is incredible. It's beautiful. It's exciting. It's romantic. And it's my argument against everyone who says that contemporary YA fantasy can't be literary.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What a Spanish Soap Opera would be like if Jane Austen were Writing the Screenplay 12 décembre 2011
Par Kale - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Victorian Era London was never so chastely sinful until Cassandra Clare penned her Prince. London is burning with betrayal, passion, intrigue, secrets, and lies, all layout in an action packed carefully laid plot to unhinge our beloved shadowhunters with these Infernal Devices.

Benedict Lightwood is a good ole boy dressed up in english finery. He's making things difficult for Charlotte, contesting her position as head of the institute and instigating an ultimatum, find Mortmain in a fortnight or resign to someone better suited for the job, namely himself.

Will's carefully constructed walls are crumbling. Years of playing the cad and inciting loathing like armor had one kink, while keeping others from loving him, it couldn't stop Will from falling in love. He's on mission to find a cure for his curse and get the girl. Unsurprisingly Jem has a similar idea as he sets his sights on Tessa.

But the impending love triangle forming is the last thing on Tessa's mind, as she finds out just how deep Mortmain's conspiracy and planning really goes. He has spies everywhere and always seems to be five moves ahead of them, ready to sack the king and declare checkmate. Making it hard to know if any thwarting of his devious endeavors are really a solution to the problem at hand or just a part of Mortmain's master plan.

No sophomore jinx here. Clockwork Prince was by far more superior to it's predecessor. And that is quite a feat. Clare combines all the wondrous romance of the period and infuses it with a whole new life within her supernatural shadowhunter world. Clockwork Prince is what I would imagine a spanish soap opera would be like if Jane Austen were writing the screenplay. My favorite parts were the bits with Sophie. Yet if there was just one reason I could give to sway potential readers it would be to read Will's declaration of love.

What's even better than reading Clockwork Prince? Well, listening to it being narrated by Ed Westwick and Heather Lind of course. Westwick did another outstanding job voicing the male chapters. I like his voice, it's a little deep, a little raspy, but not too much and not too old sounding. Though I find it funny that his natural english accent isn't very heavy. Heather Lind as well sounds about the right age and well read as I imagine Tessa sounding. I really enjoyed her throwing herself into the different characters using a variety of accents american for Tessa, cockney for Sophie, and a traditional english accent for the more well born characters. This is a very high quality audiobook, don't miss out on it.

All in all Clockwork Prince is proving prequels can be better than their predecessors. With all it's twists and turns, romance, and intrigue Clockwork Prince is an amazing read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 READ IT NOW! 4 juin 2013
Par Eric J. Spencley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
feel very confident saying that Cassandra Clare is one of the most stunning fantasy authors in YA Literature. I have dutifully read each and every one of her books and I have found myself in love with each book for different reasons. Her Infernal Devices series is my favorite of her two. If you haven't read Clockwork Angel this review will hold spoilers from that book. Also, if you haven't read Clockwork Angel - get on that now. I promise you won't regret it.

There are a great many things I loved about Clockwork Prince. The evolution of Jem from being pitiable and weak to a strong young man with a brilliant disposition on life. Jem was understanding, constantly there for Tessa and isn't bitter with the lot he has been given. He is swiftly becoming my favorite character from Clare's cannon.

Will on the other hand acted like an entitled ass through most of the novel. Yes, it is explained why he is an ass, and its sad tear-worthy even- especially when you learn the truth about him and Magnus Bane helps him solve his biggest life mystery. It was the last few pages of the book and his "Jem can take it" attitude that made me incredibly mad at him. I am in awe of Clare's ability to elicit such strong emotions from me, especially related to the characters.

Tessa is still Tessa, smart, funny and well read. We are little closer to finding out what she really is at the end of the novel and the wait for book three where I hope we do find out is going to kill me. Tessa grows so much in this novel, she goes from proper American lady living in England to kick ass down and dirty I will do anything to save any of you and that was my favorite part of this novel.

The Lightwoods are introduced, Morty is still deliciously evil, there are still clockwork devices but they aren't the main focus of the book. I did enjoy how the devices took a backseat here for plot and I have a feeling they will play a major part in book three.

The most important thing Henry is still awesome. Charlotte is going through a very hard time in Clockwork Prince and I hope everything works out and she and Henry become very happy together; they deserve it.

New characters, new hints and mysteries are introduced. The world building is superb and if I had the next book I would have dove into it immediately. If you haven't had a chance to read Clare I highly suggest you drop everything and do that now.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book...but infuriating at the same time 27 décembre 2011
Par katlynn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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*****SPOILER ALERT*****

First, let me start by saying that I had been anticipating this book since I finished the last one. I thought overall it was a good book, but I did have a few issues with it. For one, I did not like the whole Tessa and Jem romance thing. To me, they did not have any romantic chemistry. They seemed more like friends than anything else. When Tessa and Jem begin to kiss it had me cringing because it didn't seem right. There was something missing.
Another thing that bothered me about Jem is that he's too perfect. I get that he just wants to be upbeat and optimistic about his illness, but he doesn't seem to have any flaws. He gets angry at Will once, but quickly forgives him. I like characters that aren't always noble and honest 100% of the time. That makes them seem less human to me. I like Will because he has many flaws, and to be human is to be flawed. That's why I prefer Tessa to be with Will.
Another thing that bothered me about this book is that it seemed as if Clare didn't know how to end a conversation. Her characters were constantly being interrupted before finishing a statement or continuing an argument. From the description of the Institute, it is a very large place with many rooms. I don't get how two people can pick a random room to have a conversation, and be interrupted so easily.
The part I really did like was Will's quest for ridding himself of the curse. The scene where he is confronting the correct demon at last had me wide eyed and anxious. I was as angry as Will was about how much lost time he had endured.
Another part I liked about this book were the characters. In this book, they were more fleshed out than in the first. Will was hilarious as ever, like when he got his I-told-you-so moment about the demon pox. Tessa stood up for herself more with Will. I liked the backbone she has developed. I liked Gideon a lot too. The plot was okay, I just wished that we got to see the Magister instead of just Nate.
I am looking forward to the third novel and I'm hoping that Clare plans to get rid of the Jem and Tessa relationship for a Will and Tessa one.
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