Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Date: March 19, 2013
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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.
It’s so nice to finally have answers to questions we’ve had since book 1! I have to admit, I was getting a little annoyed that we still didn’t know what Tessa was going into book 3, but I did enjoy the anticipation it added to the book. Overall, Clockwork Princess was a strong conclusion to The Infernal Devices—which I enjoyed more than the first three The Mortal Instruments (haven’t read the last three yet).
Let’s start with the romance because it’s been on the forefront of my mind since I started the series. I like Jem and I like Will. I think they’re both great. In a way, I’m happy about how things ended for Tessa with both guys, but I also kind of wish there was never a love triangle to begin with. Sure, it worked for the story, but I like it when the main character picks one guy and isn’t all “but I love them both.” I’m a bit conflicted on how it all went down.
Then there is all the madness surrounding Mortmain. I thought all of the action and mystery here was really well done. Wouldn’t change a single thing about it, in fact. Our villain was perfect, the action was perfect, the response of the clave was perfect. Absolutely loved everything about it. I also loved the addition of several characters to the Institute. They were great and I really enjoyed how everything played out there as well.
The only things I’d change about Clockwork Princess is the love triangle and the epilogue. It was so nice to see where all of the characters ended up, but I have to wonder if we could have done that with a few less pages!