Clockwork Prince: Cassandra Clare

It’s should come as no surprise that I am a fan of author Cassandra Clare and her series The Mortal

Instruments. So it should also be of no surprise that I am also an avid reader of her second series The Infernal Devices, a prequel to that of the lives of Clary, Jace and the other Shadowhunters of modern times.

And I am pleased to say that, after literally just finished Clockwork Prince an hour ago while doing my laundry, Clare did nothing to disappoint me.

In fact, I almost love the Infernal Devices characters and plot more than The Mortal Instruments.


Clare starts us off shortly after the events of Clockwork Angel, with Tessa and her band of Shadowhunters attending a council meeting with the rest of the Clave members. Here, it is discussed whether Charlotte is ultimately fit to run the London Institute or whether Benedict Lightwood would be the better match.

Charlotte and her ragtag family are given an ultimatum. Find Mortmain’s whereabouts, or surrender the Institute to Lightwood.

From there, the typical drama ensues. Love triangles, shady Downworlders, bloody battles and heartbreaking betrayals all combine to form an ending I never saw coming.

To find out what happens next, we all have to suffer until the release of Clockwork Princess in Sep. 2013. But in the meantime, City of Lost Souls (the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series) is released on May 8, 2012. It’s still a wait, but at least a small part of my craving for more Shadowhunter drama can be diminished.

Some memorable lines:


  • “You’re seventeen. You can’t have wasted a life you’ve barely lived.” -Magnus Bane-
  • “Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever comes next to mind? In that case, mine is ‘genuphobia.’ It means an unreasonable fear of knees.” -Will Herondale-
  • “Being Jem must be a great deal like being the owner of a thoroughbred dog that liked to bite your guests. You had to have a hand on his collar constantly.” -Reflections of Tessa Gray-

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