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 in Clockwork Princess.
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...
This review follows from my previous review of Clockwork Prince. This review will contain story spoilers so click away if you do not want to be spoiled!
The Characters and World Building
Speaking honestly, I found the first 10 or so chapters of this book very slow. I was struggling to find the motivation to pick it up and carry on. I was so disengaged with what was going on. As things started to pick up though, I felt more of an urge to get to the end but it is no surprise that Tessa continued to annoy the hell out of me.
At one point the books tries to convince you that Jem is dead, I knew he wasn’t. I just knew it, so I wasn’t emotionally perturbed by that. What did send me raging though was the fact Tessa and Will decided to go ahead and do the do as soon as he died? Tessa’s questionable decisions never cease to bewilder me. I was ready to knock a whole two stars off the rating purely for that distasteful act. I thought it was so wrong!
Towards the end though, I started to see the love triangle in a whole different light. I almost started to see Will and Jem as the same person. Like it was some metaphor. Almost illustrating the concept of parabatai in some way? I absolutely loved how Cassie spent so long building up a false sense of security in the readers mind. One that meant that Jem will be the one to die first and in the end it ends up being Will. I loved that she completely flipped that on its head and that she got to be with Jem in the end, still.
The story progression and plot
The story progression was a bit slow for me at times but I feel like if it wasn’t then a lot of connection to the characters and their relationships would have been lost. The twists surrounding Tessa’s conception and her family I really liked! Even though I found her insufferable at times I like that she was something unique, something we had never seen before. It makes it seem like the limits of this world are just endless!
I didn’t feel any real strong emotions towards the plot or the story though. I didn’t feel sad anyone died, I wasn’t really shocked by how Clockwork Princess ended. For me my rating for this book more comes from the emphasis on bonds and relationships and the meaning behind those in this book. It really challenged my traditionalist mindset towards loving one person at a time.
I have to say that as a whole I did enjoy this trilogy but I think I enjoyed The Mortal Instruments more. I am very much looking forward to going back to Clary and the shadowhunters of her time.