Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)


Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: December 6th 2011
Genres: Historical fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Pages: 567
Pacing: Slow/fast


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.


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?

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An epic grand finale to what has been an entertaining series. I can see why lots of other readers and Cassandra Clare fans would think this book perfect because the author handled character dynamics and the way of the plot really well in a way that got the reader very much involved in the story. This even should have been a 5 star read for me too, but while I read the first half of this I was in a reading slump that I seem to have only just escaped now. 😛 But in all honesty, I will say I did find the first parts of this book a little slow and boring, though I could see why these parts were needed in order to build the story and make everything more real as I see this in a lot of the books I read, but due to my slump and lethargy I got through these sections a lot slower than I thought I would.

The ending to this series was satisfying and also left room for more story, which knowing Cassandra Clare there will indeed be more books with these characters. I think I enjoyed the characters in this book a lot more than I did in the previous two because here I felt we got into their thoughts and journeys more and that all the build up in regards to their personalities was expressed in this instalment. It is always fabulous to get into Ms Clare’s worlds as she is capable of creating memorable yet flawed characters that are fun to read about and of course there is the magic and the fantasy elements which are also portrayed really well, and I can safely say this for all the books I have read by this author. 🙂

My favourite part of this book was the ending and on saying this I can totally see why this finale book is seen as heart-wrenching and emotional by many because as I have mentioned, the author has a way of making us get involved with as well as really care about the characters. The ending did surprise me, including the revelation about Tessa and even though I won’t leave any spoilers, I can say though I didn’t cry, things did take a heart breaking turn at the end even though everything was satisfying at the same time in regards to the evil bad guy. That’s another thing to mention, there was always the struggle against evil in this book, but it didn’t dominate the whole story if that makes sense, it didn’t drown out the characters or their own personal struggles  which can sometimes happen in books like this. No, the author managed to carefully craft the plot goals and the characters into a story that was realistic in feeling and also, which I love, making it that they’ve accomplished what they aimed to do, but then what? The world and personal affairs still go on even after something big has happened as is true in real life.

I’d say despite my low slump in the beginning, this was a good yet real ending to a well realised adventure with well realised characters. As I said, there is certainly room for more story regarding these characters and I have seen this author has a lot of new releases on the way. I would definitely recommend this series to those who like thoughtful reads where the characters are well developed and the plot doesn’t at all go the way you expected 😉

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