Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Date(s) read: March 20 – 24, 2013
Genre: YA Steampunk
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
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. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
First things first, I am SO sad that this series is over. While I may have my issues with the continuing of the Mortal Instruments series, the Infernal Devices series was one that I was addicted to right from the start, with a world that I wish would never end.
Unfortunately, series books DO need to end after a while and the way an author handles that ending can be good or bad. For me, this series ended on kind of a lukewarm note for me. I really loved the story itself and was interested to see how all of these characters came together in the end, how they eventually connected with the character in the Mortal Instruments series, but the ending seemed to be a little too … happy for me.
I get that authors like to make EVERYONE happy, and I know I’ve complained about this NOT happening in the past, but part of me wished that the ending had been a bit messier. Of course, I’m not going to talk about WHAT the ending was, but the whole thing was just a little too neat for me.
I still loved Tessa’s character in this story, even if I wasn’t too keen on her choices. I felt like Will had some of the best speeches in the story — enough to rip my heart to pieces. And even Jem’s story was intriguing. The hard thing about writing this review is that there are things that happened that I completely disagreed with, but that I can’t talk about in this review because I’d ruin the story. I guess it all comes down to wanting to make everyone happy — it just doesn’t have to happen all the time.
I still think that this was a great series and it’s one that will stick with me for a long while. Cassandra Clare is a wonderful writing and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future. Steampunk seems to be something she’s good at, but I do hope that she tries her hand at a different genre at some point. I think she’d be great at it.