Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher/Publish Date: Margaret K. McElderry Books / December 2011
Source: SF Public Library
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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. (via GoodReads)Clockwork Prince is the follow up to Clockwork Angel, and this series is a spin off of The Mortal Instruments Series, which also has other spin offs. Which is great, since I like the author, Cassandra Clare, and she's plenty to read. While the series take place in different time periods, they are in the same fantasy world, with some overlapping characters (vampires, hu?).
While I think the short summary above makes the book seem really dark, I think Clare takes a dark subject and intertwines humor and romance. Not sure what it says about me, but I like the mix of dark and romance, and in these books, romance is never the main plot line.
The novel takes place in history London, and you really get the feel of the cold, moist, and dirt that characterized the city at that time. Clare does include some historical references, as thought this is a true story. The under belly of London that was kept secret. The Mortal Instruments, which is set in current time, takes place in New York, and I actually like that series better, if maybe just for the more contemporary feel.
If you haven't before read any of Clare's books, reading this series or The Mortal Instruments first would work, I would just be sure to start with the first book in that series.