Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 19, 2013
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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.
“‘And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.’”
“‘You don’t think I can fight.’ Tessa said, drawing back and matching his silvery gaze with her own. ‘Because I’m a girl.’ ‘I don’t think you can fight because you’re wearing a wedding dress’, said Jem. ‘For what it’s worth, I don’t think Will could fight in that dress either.’ ‘Perhaps not,’ said Will, who had ears like a bat’s. ‘But I would make a radiant bride.’”
“Jem smiled at him, that smile that had always, even on Will’s blackest days, eased his mind. ‘I thinking there is hope for you yet, Will Herondale.’”
Favorite Character: Will. Quite to tortured hero. And Jem. Such a sweetie.
First Line: (Taken from Chapter 1 instead of the Prologue)
“‘December is a fortuitous time for a marriage,’ said the seamstress, speaking around her mouthful of pins with the ease of years of practice.”
My Musings: Cassandra Clare is a writing genius. With tons of books set in the Shadowhunter world, this is the first of her various series to come to a conclusion. I absolutely adored Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. I loved being able to see more into the earlier times in the Shadowhunting world before the events of the Mortal Instruments series.
Clockwork Princess is the conclusion to the Infernal Devices series. Tessa and her friends have been struggling against the Magister for a while now, and everything comes to a boil. Tessa is kidnapped, Jem runs out of medicine, and Will is really struggling to hide his feelings for Tessa. What will happen? Who will survive? Will the Magister be successful? And what exactly are these infernal devices?
Tessa is a favorite of mine. Like Clary in the Mortal Instruments series, Tessa a strong character. She’s tough, can fight, and can stand up for herself. She’s braves and selfless, and just an overall sweet girl. But when she needs to, she can be ruthless. She’s a fighter at heart, and she was really a well rounded character. I felt as if I could relate to her struggles with both the Magister and this love triangle that is in this series.
“She had been most struck by Jem when she first came to the Institute—he has an unearthly, unusual beauty, with his silvery hair and eyes and delicate features. He looked like a prince in a fairy-tale book, and she might have considered developing an attachment to him, were it not so absolutely clear that he was entirely in love with Tessa Gray. His eyes followed her where she went, and his voice changed when he spoke to her. Cecily had once heard her mother say in amusement that one of their neighbors’ boys looked at a girl as if she were ‘the only star in the sky’ and that was the way Jem looked at Tessa.”
Now I usually dislike love triangles in novels, but this novel contains one that I loved. Jem and Will. Two completely different boys with completely different personalities. Light and Dark. Jem is a sweetheart; selfless, supportive, and friendly. He knows his life has an expiration date, but he is always focused on everyone else being happy.
“‘I want you to be happy, and him to be happy. And yet when you walk that aisle to meet him and join yourselves forever you will walk an invisible path of the shards of my heart, Tessa. I would give over my own life for your happiness. I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that.’”
Will, on the other hand, is sarcastic and brooding, and only showed his genuine feelings with Tessa and Jem. I actually loved the relationship between Will and Jem. It went beyond parabatai. It was genuinely a deep connection that the two shared, and it was ever-present for the duration of the novel. I see why Tessa struggled so much between the two of them: they both were lovable for different reasons.
“Will’s father’s gaze went immediately to Gabriel, and then to Cecily, his eyes narrowing. ‘And who is this gentleman?’ Will’s grin widened. ‘Oh him,’ he said. ‘This is Cecily’s friend, Mr. Gabriel Lightworm.’ Gabriel, half in the act of stretching his hand to greet Mr. Herondale, froze in horror. ‘Lightwood,’ he sputtered. ‘Gabriel Lightwood.’”
I loved the insight into the other characters’ lives. We saw more of Will’s sister, Cecily. We saw more of the Lightwood brothers, Charlotte and Henry, Sophie, and Magnus. I felt as if half of the book was focused on these characters, while the other half focused on the plot. It was nice in that it gave their world a more wholesome feel, with a nice balance of commonality to the demon and evil fighting.
This novel was the most action-filled of the three books in the series. Something new was happening every chapter. However, this is a big book. And that’s really intimidating. I feel as if some things could have been shortened in the novel; sometimes things just went on and on. However, other parts were quick and surprising. The balance of the two was nearly equal, and that enabled me to get through the novel.
Now the thing that I really want to vent about is the Epilogue. Wow, guys, you’ll be shocked. With the way that the last chapter ended, I was not expecting the Epilogue. Can’t tell you much more, but I will tell you that it is set after the time of the Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare did a fantastic job of tying up the loose ends and connecting this series and the Mortal Instruments series. There were connections that I would have never imagined while I was reading the Mortal Instruments, and I had quite a few OMG moments while reading the end of this novel.
Clockwork Princess was a thrilling conclusion to the fantastic Infernal Devices trilogy. Filled with fights against evil, a love triangle to die for, and some nice shadowhunter fighting, this novel really tied up the ends of an amazing series.