Title: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: Published March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Synopsis: 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.
Clockwork Princess is without a doubt one of the most fulfilling conclusions to a trilogy. It was an intense, captivating, emotional roller coaster of a read and I definitely recommend this series to everyone.
Cassandra Clare managed to do what she failed to do in her previous books; have me completely absorbed in every aspect of the story. I wanted to devour this book and know everything yet I was not ready to say goodbye to the most wonderful, brilliant, strong cast of characters I’ve ever come across. I love how all the lives of those living in the London Institute had become intertwined so intimately and I was able to read from each of their perspective, it made even more attached to them. I was impressed by how wise, brave and strong each character was. The scenes between Will and Jem were so precious and personal, it just portrayed how much they meant to each other.
I liked that it wasn’t only love I felt for Will and Jem, but frustration and anger and pain especially towards Jem. It showed me that he wasn’t this one dimensional glorified saint but a flawed human being. I had a lot more appreciation for Tessa by the end of the novel, I liked her throughout the series but I didn’t feel as strongly towards her as I had for practically every other character in The Infernal Devices.
Mortmain wasn’t this forgettable abstract being like in the previous books but a very real, terrible threat. He played the role of a villain very well in Clockwork Princess and I liked that though he did evil things and was a horrible person, Cassandra Clare showed that he was once a normal human.
There were so many things happening in the story; there was the development of friendships and romances, characters’ motives being made clear, the discovery of oneself and battling multiple threats. Everything combined to give a heartbreaking, action packed, beautiful story. When I thought I had a grip on my emotions, they were thrown by some shocking twist or heart crumpling revelation. Despite all the things Cassandra Clare put the reader through she still made this a very satisfying read. If you haven’t read The Infernal Devices, then please move this up in your TBR. The series only got better with each book.