Published December 6th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
In magical Victorian London, orphan Tessa found safety with the Shadowhunters, until traitors betray her to the Magister. He wants to marry her, but so do self-destructive Will and fiercely devoted Jem. Mage Magnus Bane returns to help them. Secrets to her parentage lie with the mist-shrouded Yorkshire Institute’s aged manager Alyosius Starkweather.
The story returns in Clockwork Prince, where we run smack dab straight into a love triangle! All of a sudden, after Will’s horrible rejection, Tessa falls right into the arms of his PARABATAI, Jem Carstairs!
And the worst part is, you can’t even hate that because Jem is literally the sweetest, most considerate, most gentlemanly, kindest, nicest, all round best fictional guy I have ever read. And that’s the truth.
We are given two steamy scenes with Tess, one for each of her shadowhunter boys: The Sexy Balcony Scene with Will, and The Sexy Bedroom Scene with Jem, and you can’t choose who’s more perfect for her and you just want to cry.
Of course, a whole lot of stuff goes on that’s NOT love triangle related, like Jessamine goes bat shit crazy on us after Nate (Tess’s brother, who joined the dark side – aka the Mortmain side) steals her heart. Poor Jessie!
Then there’s the whole Lightwood brother thing. There’s Gabriel and Gideon Lightwood. Gideon’s the older, stockier, fairer one, while Gabriel is the younger, taller, darker one. Gabriel and WIll basically hate each other over the silliest things and it is fun to read them bicker. Gabriel and Gideon start training Tess and Sophie the servant girl to defend themselves, shadowhunter style, and, adorably, Sophie and Gideon can’t help falling in love with each other! Awww!
Finally, Cassandra Clare cruelly left her readers with the most jaw dropping of all plot twists: Will’s past revisits him when the little sister he left long ago to start a new shadow hunter life literally shows up at the Institute’s doorstep. Meet Cecily Herondale, who I already knew was going to be my most favorite character ever in the next, and final, book.