Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

April 1, 2013 Review 0

Review: Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 19, 2013
Genres: Historical, Steampunk, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 568
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Sexual Content: Kissing. Mild sensuality. References to sex
Reviewed by: Abigail
4 Stars

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.


Series enders are challenging because readers expect not just a fresh story and character resolutions, but also answers to every question they've asked over the course of The Infernal Devices trilogy.  At well over five hundred pages, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is a large book, which is fitting since it tells not just a large story, but one that satisfies all the demands that the legion of fans this series has garnered have placed on it.

With Jem's health deteriorating at an alarming rate, Will's love for Tessa and his brotherly love for Jem causing him greater and greater anguish, and Tessa's heart torn equally between them,  readers have come to the sad realization that heartbreak is inevitable.  This trio share a love so fierce and consuming that it can't help but burn them.  I love the way Clare has written these relationships with equal weight and therefore equal value in the eyes of the reader.  There were no easy solutions, and the resolution that Clare writes in CLOCKWORK PRINCE is one I never would have imagined.  It is bittersweet, but satisfying in a way I wouldn't have thought possible.

Apart from the central focus of the Jem/Tessa/Will storyline, all the other characters--and a few new ones--are featured with storylines of their own.  For the most part, I enjoyed seeing how these unfolded, but a few were a little tedious and perhaps unnecessary.  I did find myself wanting them to hurry along so I could get back to Jem, Will, and Tessa.  Clare seemed to have a good sense of what her readers want though, because my impatience never boiled over to irritation before something exciting occurred.

As the final book in Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices trilogy, CLOCKWORK PRINCESS safely carried my heart to a bittersweet ending in what can only be described as an epic romantic adventure.  If you plan on seeing the first Mortal Instruments movie, City of Bones, in August, get fully caught up on the prequel series first.  You can buy the entire The Infernal Devices trilogy ebook collection now

Series Titles:
  1. Clockwork Angel – 4/5
  2. Clockwork Prince - 4/5
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