by Cassandra Clare
“Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
This book left me with the confusing feeling of being torn in two. Will or Jem? Will or Jem? While the reasons for Will's cruel behaviour are brought to light, Jem proves his worthiness and love for Tessa. This story presents a love triangle wherein the heroine becomes trapped within the awkward situation of falling in love with two very different men.
I felt as though Clockwork Prince, unlike Clare's other novels, had less action. While this may make the book "boring" in some reader's eyes, I personally believe that it allowed the story to focus more on character development and feeling. Along with the ongoing plot of the mysterious Mortmaine (the Magister)and Tessa's true origins, Clare introduces a number of sub-plots and relationships that enhance the overall tension of the main storyline.
The Clockwork Prince is beautifully illustrated with declarations of love, forbidden romance, treachery, and betrayal. As Will's shady history comes back to haunt him and difficult choices are made, Cassandra Clare leaves the readers on a high-note that will have them thirsty (and cursing) for more.