Maybe a week and a half of lockdown has sent me crazy. Or maybe I just really love this book but either way I plan on listing a selection of valid reasons why Clockwork Prince, book 2 of The Infernal Devices trilogy, is the best book of the whole Shadowhunter lot.
Mild spoilers may lay ahead.
Not to romanticise the Victorian era or anything because as great a time as it might have been for a select few of the privileged it was a time steeped in hypocrisy and child labour and colonization, but the banter between these characters in their posh/proper old time speak hits different.
I’ve always said Cassandra Clare is amazingly talented at writing dialogue and sarcasm between her characters but it’s so good.
•Demon Pox Song
“Demon pox, oh demon pox
Just how is it acquired?
One must go down to the bad part of town
Until one is very tired.
Demon pox, oh demon pox, I had it all along—
Not the pox, you foolish blocks,
I mean this very song—
For I was right, and you were wrong!”