Author: Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Ed Westwick and Heather Lind
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: 15hrs., 39 mins
Rating: 4 stars
Summary from Goodreads: The situation at the London Institute has never been more precarious. With Mortmain and his clockwork army still threatening, the Council wants to strip Charlotte of her power and hand the running of the Enclave over to the unscrupulous and power-hungry Benedict Lightwood. In the hope of saving Charlotte and the Institute, Will, Jem, and Tessa set out to unravel the secrets of Mortmain’s past—and discover unsettling Shadowhunter connections that hold the key not only to the enemy’s motivations, but also to the secret of Tessa’s identity. Tessa, already caught between the affections of Will and Jem, finds herself with another choice to make when she learns how the Shadowhunters helped make her a “monster.” Will she turn from them to her brother, Nate, who has been begging her to join him at Mortmain’s side? Where will her loyalties—and love—lie? Tessa alone can choose to save the Shadowhunters of London…or end them forever.
Clockwork Prince defies the sophomore slump and unfolds a tale of intrigue, action, and heartbreak.
I have to admit that I wasn't a huge fan of Clockwork Angel and I didn't think I would continue TID series, however, when it was released that Ed Westwick would be reading the audio for Clockwork Prince how could I say no? Seriously, listen to this demo. I don't care what the story is, if Ed Westwick is the narrator I'm listening to it.
Besides the audio being amazing, the story itself was so much better than the first. I was enraptured by the characters, as they didn't feel as stiff or as forced as they did in the first novel. However, as bad as it sounds, I still am not a fan of Tessa. She is the kind of person that everyone wants to help and protect, and she isn't deceitful or anything, but she puts herself and others in situations that are dangerous, cruel, and complicated. As much as she tries to be strong and independent, I just see her as a weak person that unknowingly and unintentionally manipulates others. She doesn't do any of this on purpose and I'm sure she is loved by many people, she was just not my type of heroine. Then there is he love triangle between her, Jem, and Will. It really becomes more prominent in Clockwork Prince and only serves to become an entangled mess that makes me very scared how Cassandra Clare is going to work her way out of it.
The plot is a bit more intense in this novel and the action increases multi-fold. More secrets and mysteries are discovered leading to Mortmain's plans and the downfall of the Shadowhunters. The characters are what makes this series, but the action is an added bonus to keep you on your toes and always wondering what was going to happen next.
All-in-all, Clockwork Prince exceeded my expectations and while I'm a bit nauseous over the idea of how Cassandra Clare is going to work out Tessa's love life, I'm still excited to read Clockwork Princess.