Monday, February 13, 2012

Book Review : Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

“Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual ‘everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? 
“It’s biannual,” said Jem. “And no, this is not that meeting.” 

― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

I'll start this review much like Kat did for her review for City of Glass. In Clockwork Prince; Jem is kind, Will is a jerk, Tessa is confused, the plot fades in and out of the background letting the various love triangles, squares and polygons shine. Oh and as per Cassie Clare style the characters keep cutting each other off when they are about to say something im---

Counting this I've read 5 Clare novels and I am familar with her writing style and generally got what I expected writing wise. At times it was  filled with tension, mystery a bit of whimsy and a bit of steaminess; while other times I wondered how many ways she could describe Will's eyes.

Keep in mind this is probably a good book, but it just isn't the type of  book for me, I say this because people LOVE this book.

 Clockwork Prince was more like a backstory novel, it's like the Half-blood Prince of this series; we get background on the villian and then everything else is relationshippy.Also, HPB is the sixth book in the Potter series, this is the sixth book in the Shadhowhunter series, they both have prince in the title. I'm just saying . . .

The novel just didn't really  carry on the plot from the first book. Instead it created so many new tiny threads of plots that I had a hard time keeping up with. Seriously, the Lightwoods need their own book with all their family drama.

I feel like this series would be better if each book was its own story, it feels like there wasn't enough material and a lot of the stuff was filler.

One of the improvments  I've noticed in the book is that Clare finally gives her characters motivations, granted they all generally have differnt versions of the  same motivations , it still made the characters feel more defined. . . well except for Tessa, for some reason she just seems like a blank slate to me.

As a sequel I felt this book didn't really tie together  and now that I think about it I can't believe it actually ended the way it did, it was like a deux ex machina.

Like any Shadowhunter (Is there a name for the all 9 books ?) reader I appreciated the generous appearances of Magnus Bane and the little shouts outs to the Mortal Instruments.

1 comment :

  1. I just read the first one Clockwork Angel and there were so many questions left unanswered. I'm hoping CP at least provided some answers for those left open in CA. I do love back story so I'm sure that aspect won't bother me. Nice, honest review!


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