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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Clockwork Prince offers a historically accurate depiction of the culture in mid-19th century London. It also introduces readers to 19th-century mystery as a genre. The many references to classics -- such as E.D.E.N Southworth's The Hidden Hand, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes -- along with paraphrasing Tennyson, Edgar Allan Poe, and Shakespeare, will spark interest in and encourage teens to read different genres.
Teaches girls that there are female heroines who can take care of themselves. Encourages women to find their own voice and stand on their own feet.
Positive Role Models
Characters display great strength and selflessness. Will, Tessa, and Jem will do anything for one another, as well as for their families. They each show strength in doing the right thing, even when the right thing is difficult to do.
Violence & Scariness
The Shadowhunters train daily (with weapons) to be able to fight off evil demons and the clockwork army. A huge battle takes place where both men and women are hit and thrown to the ground. People are injured, and one person is killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tessa shares passionate kisses with two different boys. In one scene, the kiss takes place in a bed at night, where the two lovers caress each other and remove clothing. There are also references to prostitution, and a sexually transmitted disease (demon pox) spreads.
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The words "bastard" and "whore" are used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the first installment of this series, Clockwork Angel, Jem was injected with a terrible drug called yin fen (similar to opium). Now, he must take the drug daily to survive, yet it's also causing him a slow and painful death. Will goes to an opium den and uses yin fen in attempt to forget his troubles but instead learns a valuable lesson. Most of the werewolves and demons use the drug frequently. However, the opium den isn't glamorized and describes users in a very negative light.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Clockwork Prince is slightly more graphic than Clockwork Angel, the first installment in a series that features warlocks, vampires, demons, shape shifters, and Shadowhunters. The romantic scenes quickly heat up as teens form couples and passionately kiss and caress each other. Also, a sexually transmitted disease known as demon pox (the equivalent of 19th-century syphilis) floats among the demons. One detailed scene takes place in an opium den designed for Shadowhunters, where fantastical characters partake in abusing controlled substances. A descriptive battle takes place amongst the good and evil characters, and a major player is killed.
Is It Any Good?
CLOCKWORK PRINCE is as clever and witty as it is amorous and enthralling. Cassandra Clare has created a story of love, loss, and self-sacrifice that's difficult to put down. The consistent, descriptive backdrop of 1850 London offers readers an English escape, he characters are lovable, and the scenes are mostly engaging. Each character, quirky and unique in his or her own way, is on a road toward self-discovery and holds an invaluable role that completes their unbreakable, forged family unit.
The female leads (Charlotte, Tessa, and Sophie) model intelligence, strength, and independence. Although each plays a distinct role (one as head of the Institute, one an American mundane, the other a servant), each offers a strength the others lack. Charlotte is independent, Tessa is tenacious, and Sophie is resilient. As the three women struggle to find their own identities, each comes to the realization that feminine strength is found within your individual voice -- and from being heard.
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