Friday, January 10, 2014

review: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Simon & Schuster: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released: March 19, 2013
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 565

Rating: Loved it!

Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan.

He needs Tessa.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are engaged, Will is still in love with her.

The last words of a dying Shadowhunter provide the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But their small group cannot stand alone, and the powerful Consul doubts that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by allies, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine that keeps Jem alive. With his best friend at death's door, Will must risk everything to save the girl they both love.

To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Branwell to create a device that could help defeat Mortmain. As they all work to save Tessa and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself - for in the discovery of her own true nature, Tessa could become more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a lone 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 Internal Devices trilogy.

My Thoughts
This is going to be a tough review to write without spoilers! Really, this will be more my reaction to the book than an actual review, as I would hate to ruin anyone's reading experience by giving away critical information.

I went into Clockwork Princess with low expectations, as the first two books in the Infernal Devices series didn't really do it for me. They were good, but they didn't blow me away like the Mortal Instruments books did, and that was terribly disappointing. And to be honest, I was frustrated with Clockwork Princess as well, in the beginning. I got through chapter six and then set the book aside for three days, not reading much in the meantime because I was in a bit of a book funk. (If Cassandra Clare's name on the cover couldn't get me pumped up, what could?)

Last night, I grabbed the book, curled up with my dog on the couch, and forced myself to finish it. It started out that way, anyway. I could not imagine how Clare could possibly create an ending that I would find satisfying! A couple of chapters in, though, I had hope again. There were still a few moments when I couldn't quite wrap my head around what certain characters were doing, and the timing of one particular event was rather sketchy, but the last few chapters really blew me away. I cried so much that my glasses ended up with water spots and I had to keep wiping them so I could see the pages. I am so incredibly pleased with how the book ended that I am actually considering re-reading the entire series so I can see it from a new perspective.

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