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Read: ‘Clockwork Princess’ excerpt featuring Will

Remember that video of Cassandra Clare reading an excerpt from Clockwork Princess featuring Will and a certain somebody? Thanks to a "grabby little fangirl," who transcribed the video, we have the full text of the snippet. Check it out below! (Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess spoilers under the cut!)

“What are you doing following me around the back streets of London, you little idiot?” Will demanded, giving her arm a light shake.

Cecily’s eyes narrowed. “This morning it was cariad (note: Welsh endearment, like ‘darling’ or ‘love’), now it’s idiot.”

“Oh, you’re using a Glamour rune. There’s one thing to declare, you are not afraid of anything when you live in the country. But this is London.”

“I’m not afraid of London,” Cecily said defiantly.

Will leaned closer, almost hissing in her ear *and said something very complicated in Welsh*

She laughed. “No, it wouldn’t do you any good to tell me to go home. You are my brother, and I want to go with you.”

Will blinked at her words.

You are my brother, and I want to go with you.

It was the sort of thing he was used to hearing Jem say.

Although Cecily was unlike Jem in every other conceivable possible way, she did share one quality with him. Stubbornness. When Cecily said she wanted something, it did not express an idle desire, but an iron determination.

“Do you even care where I’m going?” he said. “What if I were going to hell?”

“I’ve always wanted to see hell,” Cecily said. “Doesn’t everyone?”

“Most of us spend our time trying to stay out of it, Cecily. I’m going to an ifrit den, if you must know, to purchase drugs from vile, dissolute criminals. They may clap eyes on you, and decide to sell you.”

“Wouldn’t you stop them?”

“I suppose it would depend on whether they cut me a part of the profit.”

She shook her head. “Jem is your parabatai,” she said. “He is your brother, given to you by the Clave, but I am your sister by blood. Why would you do anything for him, but you only want me to go home?”

“How do you know the drugs are for Jem?” Will said.

“I’m not an idiot, Will.”

“No, more’s the pity. Jem- Jem is like the better part of me. I would not expect you to understand. I owe him. I owe him this.”

“So what am I?” Cecily said.

Will exhaled, too desperate to check himself. “You are my weakness.”

“And Tessa is your heart,” she said, not angrily, but thoughtfully. “I am not fooled. As I told you, I’m not an idiot. And more’s the pity for you, although I suppose we all want things we can’t have.”

“Oh,” said Will, “and what do you want?”

“I want you to come home.” A strand of black hair was stuck to her cheek by the dampness, and Will fought the urge to pull her cloak closer about her, to make her safe as he had when she was a child.

“The Institute is my home,” Will sighed, and leaned his head against the stone wall. “I can’t stand out her arguing with you all evening, Cecily. If you’re determined to follow me into hell, I can’t stop you.”

“Finally,” she said provingly. “You’ve seen sense. I knew you would, you’re related to me.”

Will fought the urge to shake her.

“Are you ready?”

She nodded, and he raised his hand to knock on the door.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing how Will and Cecily interact in Clockwork Princess? Do you ship Will and Tessa? Sound off in the comments!

Want more Clockwork Princess teasers? Visit our Clockwork Princess teasers page to read more from the Infernal Devices finale.

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48 Comments on Read: ‘Clockwork Princess’ excerpt featuring Will

  1. MarieMissHerondale // June 11, 2012 at 8:39 PM // Reply

    !!!! Thanks !!!!
    Jeez, I ❤ Will so much…

  2. Thank you! I watched the video, but I could barely understand anything! It’s so wierd how we are finally beginning to see Will being nice to someone other than Jem and sometimes Tessa. The curse is truly no more! And no, I do not “ship Will and Tessa.” Tessa and Will are basically perfect for each other, and Will deserves Tessa, but Jem deserves her more. He is the perfect man for anyone, and he has already given his heart to Tessa. Tessa needs to just let go of the past, Will needs to move on, and Jem and Tessa need to live happily ever after with a magical cure to Jem’s addiction. And that is final.

  3. AMARI-AVLLO-HERONDALE // June 11, 2012 at 9:45 PM // Reply

    I LOVE WILL!!!!!!

  4. TeamEdwardJace // June 11, 2012 at 11:24 PM // Reply

    thanks! i’m so excited! jace and will, I love you and tessa!

  5. AundreaSmith // June 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM // Reply

    I am beginning to like Cecily more and more! Can’t wait for the book!

  6. Yes, I sship Will and Tessa. I wish and hope that Cassie lets them be together in the end and that something happens to break off Tessa and Jem. I wish Jem happiness as well because he is so sweet- but with someone else. Tessa & will ❤

    • I think that Tessa and Jem should stay together because Jem has at least a year or littlle more to find happiness , yet Will has the rest of his life if he isn’t killed. And if you read clockwork prince correctly , the only thing Jem wants before he dies is to find the hapiness and love his parents had. So I hope Tessa stays with Jem.

    • I agree! I think that Will and Tessa should be together:)! I don’t believe that Jem should be with someone that can’t completely be his. He deserves to have someone completely devoted to him (Love shouldn’t be based upon his time limit). Will has many issues and has been through a lot as well and also deserves to be happy. I hope that Jem finds the one that completes him and that Will &Tessa end up together!

  7. what the poop is everone saying! TESSA IS NOT FOR JEM!! BUT FOR WILL!!! Ahhh even i would marry will. go tessa and will ❤

  8. TESSA AND WILL!!!! THEY ARE PERFECT!! Will needs Tessa and Tessa needs Will.

  9. Mrs Michaela Herondale // June 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM // Reply

    I ❤ WILL!!!!! He is awesome ❤


  11. Shadowhunting girl // June 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM // Reply

    WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥

  12. Why do I have a weird feeling that something big (and bad) is going to happen that stops Jem and Tessa from being married and that Tessa won’t end up with Jem or Will?

  13. Hmmmm… am I the only one getting a vibe that Cecily is going to be a typical-sister-pain in the ass? xD Can’t wait for CP2!

  14. Jem and Tessa all the way!

  15. Will. It’s always gonna be Will. End of story ❤

  16. Mrs Michaela Herondale // June 13, 2012 at 11:27 AM // Reply

    WILL WILL WIN (hah. I kill myself)

  17. Team will ( heard if the groom doesn’t show up for the wedding the bride has to marry the best man 0_o (will) : cols

  18. Is it just me or am i the only one here that knows Tessa will end up with Will and Jem to Cecily?? HA!! Maybe I just released another spoiler!!! So excited!!

  19. “What are you doing following me around the back streets of London, you little idiot?” Will demanded, giving her arm a light shake.

  20. Come on, everyone!!!! Have you heard from Clare say other series of Dark Artifices character Emma Carstairs.. See last name Carstairs same as Jem… I dont believe he have a child with Tessa but someone else possibly???? City of Lost Souls book, Silent Brother Zachariah remembers his life before he becomes one of the brotherhood.. He is devoted to Herodale line. Jace Lightwood is last Herodale and question mark alive or end of herodale at the end of Heavenly Fire. That means Carstairs and Herodale are very much alive in family tree for years. I could be wrong. Tessa with Jem having a son that could carry last name Carstairs for years then Jem dies, He would not want Tessa to be alone and tell her to go with Will, He knew in the first place Tessa have feelings for Will before Jem. so Tessa with Will having another son that carries Herodale.. Who knows Author Clare might have said or surprise us..

    • I respectfully disagree. The way I see it, Tessa isn’t likely to end up with Will at all, though it is a possible that she’ll marry Jem. I base this assertion on the fact that the Silent Brother, Brother Zachariah, is so dedicated to the Herondale bloodline. This leads me to conjecture that Will will be heartbroken, and that he’ll choose to be a Silent Brother. I think Will is Brother Zachariah. As for Jem, I think that it is likely that he and Tessa will end up together, because the main character of “Dark Artifices” is named Emma Carstairs, suggesting that Jem has fathered a child. And I just can’t imagine him living long enough to find another love like Tessa, so it must be her. The cool aspect of all of this is that if my reasoning is correct, then Will and Tessa are both immortal, and eventually (probably in the concluding book series about Clary and Jace, or even in the “Dark Artifices”) the two of them might reconcile and be together. I think that would be awesome — so romantic and so heartbreaking.

  21. Jace Lightwood // June 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM // Reply

    I think that will deserves Tessa and that Jem will get married to Cecily

  22. I love Will sooooo much, he is just so sweet and nice…… if you really think about it. he has saved Tessa a lot and he was only being mean to peaople becuase he had to, so really Will is a very noble person!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. CassieLuvsWill // June 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM // Reply

    ok ive looked the series up on youtube and EVERYONE is saying that Will becomes Brother Zachariah. if anyone had ANY sense whatsoever, they would realize that this is SOOO wrong!!!!!!! Zachariah very CLEARLY states that there are TWO people that he would die for. if this was Will, wouldnt there be three people??? think about it : Tessa, Jem, and Cecily. however—– if JEM were to become Zachariah, it would make sense because he would have a soft spot for the Herondales, and there would be two people that he would die for: Will and Tessa. wake up, youtubers.

  24. I love will!!! Go tessa and Will! Bet Jem will be with cecily! Ily infernal devices!!!<3

  25. The thing is, The Lightwoods don’t have any black hair, blue eye genes. And since Alec is just that, it only makes sense that Cecily would have married Gabriel.
    They would be perfect ❤

  26. Herondale Blood // October 23, 2012 at 6:46 AM // Reply

    haven’t Will suffered enough, pushing people he loves away from him?
    Yes. He deserves Tessa so much more.
    Who knows? Maybe Jem could end up with Cecily.
    By the angel, that would be awesome.
    My heart really goes out for WIlliam. He DESERVES some lovin.
    And may I just add that Cassandra is the best author ever. I was driven into madness by this book. Got me confused wether to pity William or James.

  27. Twylea Branwell (I've always felt a soft-spot for Henry. He's so cute!) // December 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM // Reply

    Well, according to COLS, Alec’s full name is Alexander “Gideon” Lightwood! That could say that perhaps, instead of Gabriel as his ancestor, perhaps GIDEON is. And, they also are noted to have recieved their coloring from their mother, who would not pass on to them the Lightwood name. Their father might have looked more like Gideon than like Cecily or Gabriel. It also said Stephen’s father (Jace’s grandfather) had died of grief. Depending on whether Will was Stephen’s father or grandfather… well, you get the idea. Stephen’s full name was Stephen ‘William” Herondale. That, of course, does not tell whether Will was his grandfather or father. Why would Will die of grief, if it was him? Perhaps his family, Cecily, or Jem die? Or maybe it has something to do with Tessa? Anyway, I love Jem and Tessa, but Jem is epicsauce and deserves someone who can love him with her whole heart. Tessa doesn’t deserve someone like Jem if she can’t give up on Will. (Which, to be honest, I don’t WANT her to.) I’m Team Will all the way. Maybe Jem could have her, but when he dies, (IF he dies) he could tell her to be with Will? (As was mentioned earlier. Good thinking!)

  28. FIRST OF ALL, Cassandra Clare is my fave Author. She is the bomb!AND Ughh! These books are makin me crazy! I just finished readin TMI Series and TID Series.. AGAIN. Im soo friggin excited.. With COB comin out on BIG SCREEN. and Clock Work Princess this march. Man! I cant wait. Lol anywaaayzz.. This whole thing about Brother Z. I just wanna say i think he’s James, cuz of what he said about lovin 2 ppl.. (Theresa and William) they probably found a cure and i think.. (maybe I just love him so much i dont want him to die) That joinin the Silent Brother is prolly it? Idk. And I really want Tessa and Will end up together soo.. Yeah. AHH!! OMFG!

  29. Tomorrow

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