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.
Clockwork Princess is, as they say, the ‘perfect conclusion to a perfect series.’
Years ago, back when City of Bones first came out, someone gifted it to me for my birthday, and being the foolish person I was back then, I traded it off for some random book that I now hate and refuse to name in fear of embarrassment. But after some time, when a friend urged me to try actually reading the series, (both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices) I didn’t hesitate the second time around. Now, I realize that that was one of the decisions I will never regret because once I got into Cassandra Clare’s books, I couldn’t stop.
Clockwork Princess dives right into the heart of the plot where Clockwork Prince left off, and we are introduced yet again to the lovable, endearing, and sometimes migraine-inducing characters in the London Institute. Tessa is engaged to Jem, and while he seemed to get better in the second book, he was never exactly well and cured in the first place, and bouts of illness continue to strike at him, threatening his future. Despite this, he manages to hang on and fight for his life–literally, too, with Mortmain’s clockwork creations continuing to wreak havoc on Shadowhunters everywhere. And as we all know, Will, too, is desperately in love with Tessa, and though he manages to hide his feelings in that practiced face of his, he can’t stop his heart from beating, despite his loyalty to his best friend and parabatai, Jem. Furthermore, his sister, Cecily, is stubbornly hanging on to the Institute, and so are the Lightwood brothers, after an incident that leaves Gabriel stuck there as well.
But real trouble looms in London, with the impending threat of Mortmain’s army getting stronger and more organized. Yin fen, the one thing that keeps Jem alive and going, is only within the grasp of the enemy, and he intends to use this to get the one person he wanted all along–Tessa. The problem is, The Consul isn’t exactly on friendly terms with Charlotte, and if everyone at the Institute wants to do something about it, they have to do it alone. This is when Tessa emerges as a stronger, braver character, and though Tessa was never trained as a Shadowhunter, she has the guts to be one. She develops more as a person in this novel as well, since she faces her own internal turmoil and makes better decisions at the end of the day.
Clockwork Princess is a book filled with action, love, tragedy, happiness, laughter, and revelations all mashed up in a pretty little package. However, I felt like the climax was too abrupt, and the problem too easily solved. Sometimes, it felt like the author’s focus was far too much on the romance instead of the current problem at hand, and though I’m not complaining, I felt like some important scenes needed to be fleshed out more, especially seeing as all the tension from the first two books were built up for the grand, final scene in Clockwork Princess. The reason I ignored all that is because of the terribly heartwarming scenes and shocking twists that kept the gears in my mind turning just to process how clever of an author Cassandra Clare is. Trust me when I say that every reader’s version of a happy ending will come in this book, and that once you reach the latter pages of Clockwork Princess, the emotional rollercoaster that you embarked on during the first page will turn a full three hundred and sixty degrees again and again and again.
(Trust me. Don’t spoil yourself by reading the family tree or the last few pages of the book. The wait is worth it.)