Orphan Tessa Gray, sixteen, crosses the ocean from New York to find her brother Nate in Victorian London, her only possession a clockwork angel necklace from her mother. She is ignorant of her power to transform; the Dark sisters are not. They kidnap her for the Magister, who wants to marry Tessa and claim her power.
Shadowhunters, warriors of angel blood, battle demons and keep the peace in the Downworld of vampires, warlocks and other supernaturals. Orphan teen Shadowhunters Jem, Will, and Jess rescue Tessa and agree to help save Nate. Vengeful vampire Lady Camille Belcourt and her current lover, warlock Magnus Bane provide entrée to the Magister’s secret Pandemonium Club.
I just finished Clockwork Princess, the final book in this trilogy. I’m not sure if I was happy with the ending. In a lot of books, I’m really partial to one character. In the bits of Twilight that I did watch, I was partial to Jacob. In Pride and Prejudice, I was more on Darcy’s side. In Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy, I was more partial to Jeremiah. In this book, both Jem and Will managed to win me over. It’s not just the strength of the brotherhood between the boys, and the friendship they share, but their unwillingness to betray one another.
I can’t say that I was happy with the ending Cassandra Clare pulled. It just seemed a little…wishy washy, I guess. (Don’t worry, I’m not gonna give away spoilers). I’m still thinking about whether or not I liked it a lot, even though I finished it three weeks ago. It doesn’t really matter though to me. I’ve been a big fan of Cassandra Clare for a long time, and her Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series have been among my favorites at times. Her writing style, originality, curves in the plot, humor and well-defined characters who are truly unique, have impressed me many times. This book has been no exception to that, and I think it was very original and clever, if nothing else.
The covers are beautiful as well.
The magic, mysteries and wonder of Victorian London is a fantasic backdrop to this story, and Cassandra Clare defines it in the best ways possible. Actually, it’s like Victorian London isn’t even scenery. It’s very finely tuned in with the story, every nuance and detail in place so that I can clearly envision the world of Tessa Gray, the Shadowhunters and the Pandemonium Club. I would highly recommend this book for teenagers. It’s a great read, though not necessarily as fast at times. I was really happy to have read this and the final installment in this series will not disappoint fans, that I have great confidence in. Well worth the time to read.
My favorite Cassandra Clare covers:
pg count for the hardcover: 478
Series: The Infernal Devices