Waiting on Wednesday: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

After the more unusual choice of last week, I’m back to a book that I think just about everyone in the book blogging world is eagerly anticipating.  I didn’t know about Cassandra Clare before attending Comic Con in 2010 when a wonderful editor at Simon & Schuster took one look at me and said “You’re a Cassandra Clare fan, aren’t you?”  At the time he was wrong because I’d never even heard of her.  I wasn’t too up-to-date on YA titles then and listened eagerly as he told me about her books.  When I saw a cover with the title Clockwork Angel on it, I was sold.  It took me another six months to finally pick up City of Ashes from the library, but soon after starting, yes, I was a Cassandra Clare fan.  That’s why my WOW pick this week is:


Clockwork Prince
Cassandra Clare

Margaret K. McElderry Books
Releases on December 6, 2011 
497 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

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.

As far as I can tell, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated books coming out between now and the end of the year.  What is not going to be awesome about this?  I mean, even the love triangle wasn’t that bad.