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Snippet of ‘Clockwork Princess’ prologue revealed

A crowd of about 200 fans that attended Cassandra Clare’s signing in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on July 15 were treated to an exclusive reading of the Clockwork Princess prologue.

Those in attendance were asked to refrain from recording the reading.

William Henderson of The Huffington Post jotted down the opening lines of the prologue and shared them on his blog.

London 1873.

“Will?” Charlotte Fairchild eased the door of the Institute’s training room open. “Will, are you in there?”

A muffled grunt was the only response.

The door swung all the way open, revealing a wide, high-ceilinged room on the other side.

Here’s what Clare had to say about the prologue:

“Many many people have asked me about Will and Jem meeting,” Clare said in advance of reading from the prologue (Will and Jem are two of three main protagonists in the trilogy). “They’re very close. They’re best, best friends… and so I decided to write out their first meeting.”

Clockwork Princess, which will have a one-million first printing, will be released on March 19, 2013.

What do you think of the opening of the prologue? Are you excited to read about Will and Jem’s first meeting in 1873? Sound off in the comments!

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12 Comments on Snippet of ‘Clockwork Princess’ prologue revealed

  1. Catherine Valentine // July 17, 2012 at 3:45 PM // Reply

    i like it

  2. Chairman Meow // July 17, 2012 at 6:25 PM // Reply

    I read “William Henderson” as William Herondale =.=

  3. I hope we get to see all of it soon!!!

    • me, too. Hey, has anyone already mentioned what they thought of the way Sophie kept asking Tessa if she had broken Jem’s heart yet? Doesn’t Sophie have the sight? Could that be a foreshadowing of something to come? Remember how surprised she was when Jem and Tessa announced their engagement. I don’t want Jem hurt, but I’m thinking that may happen.

  4. I can’t WAIT ANY LONGER:)!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I’m afraid of the epilog..
    What if Jem and Will die?and Tessa still alive?
    Oh,I so frustated 😦

  6. TeamEdwardJace // July 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM // Reply

    i’m eager for this book!


  8. Charlotte Fairchild? I thought she already marry Henry from the start they lead Institute? Or not?

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