Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Simon and Schuster US
Age Group: YA and older
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
Where do I begin? This book had absolutely everything you could ask for from any king of novel. There was adventure, love and loss, good and bad. I smiled and I also cried. I cried like a baby, actually. It’s hard to have your heart rejoice and break in a matter of seconds.
Once again Cassandra Clare has left audiences asking questions about the future of the Shadowhunter world. This actually makes me want to re-read the entire Mortal Instruments series (to date) again. Something I plan on doing before the movie comes out. Clockwork Princess most definitely is a book that is full of emotion. It is a book that deals with overcoming obstacles that seem absolutely, mind boggling, impossible to overcome. How far would you go for the people you love?
This book also plays to the hearts of both the Will and Jem lovers out there. Will has come so far since we were first introduced to him in Clockwork Angel. He’s still the mysterious boy with the dark hair and blue eyes that 1/2 of us fell in love with. He never loses his comedic touch... okay well maybe for a minute, but give the guy a break! He goes through a lot in this installment of the series. I fell in love with Will’s character the moment we first meet him in Clockwork Angel and that love just intensified throughout Clockwork Princess. He does whatever he can to make those he loves happy. His feelings always come second. This trait, although has flaws, is admirable. We could all learn a lesson on selflessness from Will. And then we have the introduction of WIll's sister Cecily, which we met in at the end of Clockwork Prince. The family dynamics between the siblings builds throughout and you really start to love Cecily. She only had her brother's best interest at heart. They really are the same in appearance and mind.
Jem is another strong character that has much to battle in this third book. His journey in Clockwork Princess is not an easy one, but I feel that the Jem lovers’ out there will be with how Cassandra Clare decided to end it.
Tessa is again a strong and brilliant female lead, but it was Charlotte who came up and stole the spotlight. She does what women were not able to do during that time: she becomes a strong and respected leader. And then of course there is our beloved Magnus Bane. He plays a larger role in this book and thank goodness, because who doesn't love more Magnus? Magnus is such a tragically complex character and Clockwork Princess only reinforces that. He is an enigma. One of my favourite quotes in the book comes from Magnus. It was one of those lines that make you stop and think. He sees everything that goes on with all of the characters and can read Tessa and Will especially well. He is enlightened and sad all at the same time. When you live forever and watch love after love die, how can you not be?
The only thing that I didn't love in Clockwork Princess was the epilogue. It was definitely a huge twist and I wasn't emotionally prepared for it, at all. It should have had a warning: "May require a box of tissue." I can see a split in whether people love or dislike this ending. I won't say more for fear of a spoiler. You'll just have to read and find out if you like it yourself.
Clockwork Princess was my favourite of the 3 in this series. The book is fast paced with twists at every corner. You never know what the characters are going to do or what the outcome of those actions might be. A fantastic read that you won’t be able to put down. I highly recommend this read to readers of all ages!