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.
The special Collector’s First Edition will include a never-before-seen letter from Will to his family!
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.
Spend some more time among the Infernal Devices.
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I couldn't help feeling like I was breathing in the classics while listening to this book. The performance was stellar and I actually cried at the end -- which is weird, since I read enough books that this really shouldn't have happened. The prose is so poetic that it makes the world feel tangible and alive. I loved every second of it.
This was a wonderful book having read book one, I enjoyed this even more! The story line keeps you wanting to learn more without dragging out. It was enjoyable and easy to listen too. I like how two narrated the book both Ed Westwick and Heater Lind did a wonderful job. I look forward to book 3 coming out!
I suggest this book wonderful to listen and enjoy with a cup of tea!
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
For quite a long time I wasn't sure if I was interested in this prequel and historical prelude to the Mortal Instruments series, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. It is much more, and better than I thought. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment of the series, and have become deeply invested in the fate of the characters, if that serves as a recommendation to you! When she's at her best, Cassandra Clare is among the master story-tellers and can deliver the twists and surprises (not to mention the heart-breaking "love" scenes) with the absolute best of them.
This is an example of her best! An excellent, event-filled story, totally winning empathetic and sympathetic characters, and even her villains are great. The events during and at the conclusion of this episode leave you begging to see what happens in the next "chapter".
The narration was great! I feel both the male and the female reader were excellent in thier performances, really bringing the characters vividly to life. Whereas many fans, myself included, feel that the audio production (and narration) fell quite short in some other of Clare's stories, this was not the case here at all. Heather Lind has a proven talent and Ed Westwick's voice seems completely suited to this time period and these characters.
The pace set by the first book is completely lost here. Plus, the
double narration makes no sense. Ed
Westwick has a lovely voice but his America accent is TERRIBLE. Worse is when he's required to do an American female. There is also no rhyme or reason to when or why he takes over narration.
Even more frustrating is the stupid love triangle, the debate about who should run the institute, blah blah blah ... Am I the only one who remembers the world is about to be overtaken by mechanical automatons? Deal of with your personal s--t later!
Such a mushy, story squandering middle and unless the end is excellent I am asking for my credits back!
I'm an LMT originally from the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago. I lived in NYC off and on for 15 years. I decided I had enough of long cold winters so summer of 2012 I relocated and now live in sunny Sarasota FL and loving every moment of it. My favorite thing to do is lay on the beach all day long listening to the waves and a great audible book.
Yes I absolutely would recommend this book also. Sometimes in a series, one book is better than the other. So far the 2 I have read, have had me totally engulfed and getting even more deeply invested into the lives and outcomes of these so very interesting characters and the dynamics of their daily lives being riddled with danger and wrapped in this heart felt love triangle.
I can definitely see this in a movie...
Most memorable for me is Nate dying in Tess's arms. Even with all he put her through, she still had such feeling for him and remembered how they used to be.
My favorite scene was obviously when Will and Tessa were on the balcony at the party getting lost in their feelings for one another. OBVIOUSLY...
Yes I cried a couple of times, when Will thought Tessa was dead, when Jem was trying to explain his feelings to Tessa and also when Will finally revealed to Tessa what happened to him and confessed his all consuming love for her.
I also laughed quite a few times.
I didn't care for the singing. Maybe the words of the songs could have been read out. It was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
This second installment in Cassandra Clare's "Infernal Devices" saga has me ready for the third!
I love audible. I discovered it as a solution to my long drive (30mi each way) back and forth to work. This is my down time after work.
successful tie in to the rest of the series. it does well as its own series and as a prequel to the 'mortal instruments' series
the mortal instruments series - well because its a tie in
I LOVE Ed Westwick's voice. It takes you away! outstanding performance, accent and character differentiation. Heather did a great job too!
yes!! if i had the time, i would.
Like many of you probably, Audible has become my best friend. I'm a huge fan of paranormal fantasies and mysteries.
I can't believe a year ago I was extremely reluctant to start this series! I didn't think TID could ever reach the excitement of TMI, and I simply didn't want to like the characters. Despite willing myself not to like it then, I am completely in love with it now. TID has proved to be better than TMI if that's even possible. Faced-paced. Exciting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Addictive. Heart-shattering. Beautiful. You are most likely to find yourself helplessly lost in the mysterious world Cassandra has created.
The romance in this book is unlike any other YA romance I've ever read. I simply cannot dismiss it as just another piece of silly and ridiculous YA literature, because it is anything but. Cassie has such beautiful and captivating writings that The Clockwork Prince brought out all the feelings and emotions I never thought existed in me. To be honest, I 'm not a sentimental person, not much can make me cry, but by the end of this book, my cheeks are wet with hot tears.
All the charming and lovable characters. I'm sure they are the main reason why this series is so irresistible. Jem. No one in their right mind could possibly dislike him. Tessa. Everyone has to admit she's much more likable than Clary. She's braver, stronger and not afraid to pursuit what she wants. And finally, the legendary, self-destructive William Herondale. People have very mixed feelings for him. Some thought he was too cold and too horrible. Some thought he was just a blue-eyed, dark-haired version of Jace Wayland, but let me assure you that it is not true. As much as I love Jace, Will is completely unique and distinctive in his own way. I admit I used to have my doubts about Will, but now that I know more about him, I think he is the most wonderful character ever created by Cassandra. Such a passionate, good and selfless hero. We have all misjudged him.
If you've already read The Clockwork Angel, as I'm sure you have, then you'll need no convincing buying The Clockwork Prince. But I have to warn you, the narration was in no way outstanding. Heather Lind sounded much older than how Tessa should sound, but other than that, she was okay. Ed Westwick however, was horrible times a million. Seriously! Hadn't he done enough damage in City of Fallen Angels already? Simon & Schuster, please! Find someone else to do the narration next time! It doesn't have to be someone from the Gossip Girls. It could be someone from the Pizza Hut as long as he doesn't sound like he's drowning, choking down slugs, falling asleep or all three at the same time.
I'm all about challenging myself lately so I'm using books to do that. They inspire & engage me so I can see what works. Reading is my life.
I would totally recommend this book to a friend! It's an awesome book that has twists and turns, romance and action, serious moments and funny ones too.
I loved Ed Westwick's Magnus Bane.
I loved Ed Westwick's voice in this audiobook. When it switches to Heather Lind (and she did to an Awesome job too) it would throw me off. Honestly while I did love Heather's reading part of me wishes Ed would have read the whole book through.
Fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, mysteries, and poetry- just a few of my favorite genres.
Yes, because it kept me at the edge of my seat and I wondered what was going to happen next. It was well written and Ed Westwick was fantastic narrator.
I think when William found out he wasn't cursed and he professed his love to Tessa with her reaction being the opposite of what he hoped for.
I must say I loved the scene where Jem admits how much he feels for Tessa as well as when Jessamine gets her comeuppance and is taken away to the monk's city.
Yes. A hundred times, a thousand times YES!
As much as I loved the book, I found the narration a bit shaky due the constant switching of Ed Westwick to the female reader. It would have been better if either Ed had read the entire book or if he read the male parts and she the female. Just my thought, though. Other than that, very enjoyable.
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