Tessa Gray is sent a steamer ticket to London from America. So she’s come to England to find her brother, who left her and her dying aunt behind. Instead of finding her brother, however, she’s abducted by two women who work for a mysterious man called only The Magister. They are tasked with bringing forth Tessa’s powers. She’s saved by Shadowhunters, who take her back to the Institute and promise to help her find her brother. But the Shadowhunters are under attack, and you’ll never guess who’s leading the charge.
I read this one with my book club, and I think I was the only one who finished it, which is kind of sad. For a book that’s been labeled “steampunk” a number of times on Goodreads, I was disappointed with the clockwork integration in the story. Yes, the clockwork is part of the antagonist’s scheme, but I felt like I didn’t get what I expected. I was also mad at myself because of a prediction I should have made that I didn’t make. Alas. Clockwork Prince is on my TBR shelf, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. This book didn’t leave me as curious and wanting more as City of Bones did.