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3 Stars: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare Audiobook

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare is the second in the Infernal Devices trilogy. I have been listening to the whole trilogy on audiobook so that I finally can get to this fun trilogy! The Infernal Devices audiobooks unfortunately suffer from changing narrators and just as I had gotten used to and attached to the narrator for Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince pulled a switcheroo on me. This adjustment aside, Clockwork Prince has a fun story and continues to expand on the interesting world of Victorian Shadowhunters, but suffered a bit from second-book syndrome since it seems the trilogy is building up to an epic final battle in the last book. As always, there are likely to be spoilers for the first book, so check out my review of Clockwork Angel if you want to avoid them!

Note: I received Clockwork Prince from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Simon and Schuster Audio for the opportunity!

3 Stars: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare Audiobook

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices #2)
Published by Simon and Schuster Audio on December 6th, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Steampunk, YA
Page Length: 528 pages pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

3 Stars

Strengths:

  • The new kitchen worker likes to sing :D. This was done quite well in the audiobook of Clockwork Prince and we got actual singing on a regular basis which was quite a lot of fun. I wished I knew the ballads so that I could sing along, haha.
  • There are some joyful character developments, especially right at the end (no spoilers though!) and Clockwork Prince was able to make me quite happy with these *dances about singing*
  • More of the world is revealed in Clockwork Prince, including more about the Silent Brothers and about Tessa’s past.
  • As I said, Clockwork Prince has definitely set us up for a truly epic conclusion in Clockwork Princess, so excited!

Weaknesses:

  •  There are two narrators for Clockwork Prince, one a guy and one a girl. I don’t like switching narrators as a general rule, especially since they seemed to switch completely randomly. This made adjusting to one voice completely impossible. I also was never able to get used to the male narrator’s portrayal of female voices, probably because I preferred the female narrator’s style for Tessa and Charlotte. I think it would have been much better for one of them to do the general narration and each voice the characters that corresponded to their gender. Otherwise I don’t really see the point of having two narrators of opposite gender….
  • As could be expected from the end of Clockwork Angel, there was more love triangle drama. I could ignore this except that it got to the point of melodrama at times *sigh* (still team Jem for the record!)
  • My big disappointment was that there were absolutely no surprises in the plot line. Even the parts that probably were supposed to be surprising just weren’t at all. I need my plot twists!

Summary:

Overall, I think it is probably best to read Clockwork Prince in traditional format instead of audiobook unless you are very tolerant of varying narration styles. I’m becoming more and more convinced that The Infernal Devices probably won’t become my favorite trilogy of all time, but it has been an enjoyable ride so far. I’m willing to forgive Clockwork Prince the love triangle melodrama since it has become quite the fashion, but be warned that there is no ignoring this aspect. I’m quite excited for what Clockwork Princess has in store, I just really hope that the plot takes a more center stage over the romance (don’t crush my dreams!).

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – A

 

 Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

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Comments

  1. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    Awww, that narrating sounds horrible! I think if there is a guy and a girl, they should be doing the guy and the girl parts. Or just have one narrator the entire time. I can’t help but wonder if yu might have enjoyed it a bit more if you didn’t listen to the audiobook.

    I will say that I loved this series! And was Team Will all the way! ;) I hope you like the end of the third book, it’s something else.

    • Omg it was, my ears D: Right? Splitting to the parts that each can play makes much more sense. I try hard to separate my feelings of the book from the narration, but it’s possible. I also was frustrated with the story itself, haha. I actually am to the epilogue of the third book and it was definitely crazy. I kind of wish that Tessa focused more on escaping that kissy times though D:

  2. I read this year ago and I remember new cook was hilarious (Bridget?) with her singing always some tragic poems. She was so funny. :D
    I was not either team Will or team Jem I was more team i-hate-love-triangles :D
    I still haven’t read Clockwork Princess but I hope I discover how it ends soon.
    Great audiobook review!

    • Yes, Bridget! <3 the tragic ballads, haha. I actually know some of the ones she sings from my folk song group ;-). Hehe, I'm completely agreeing on team I-hate-love-triangles. The third book has been further driving me nuts with that I'm afraid.... I've been literally head banging, not good while driving!

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