Friday, April 5, 2013

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess
Infernal Devices #3

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: March 19, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Genre: Fantasy/Historical



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.

My Thoughts: I love anything by Cassandra Clare and this series definitely did not disappoint.  It was chalk -full of all the Shadowhunter-y goodness that I love and it had Magnus Bane in it.  What's not to love?

Clockwork Princess picks up right where Clockwork Prince left off.  Tessa and Jem are planning their wedding (it starts off with Tessa's dress fitting) and Will is trying his best to pretend he is happy about it.  Unfortunately, Mortmain is still looking for Tessa in order to use her for his grand plans, even though no one knows why he wants her - other than to marry her.  So, it is the book where all things must come to their peak and tie up the series.

Clare always creates characters that I am just crazy about.  At first I was reluctant to pick up this series because I so loved the characters from The Mortal Instruments and worried that these characters would not be able to capture my attention as well and wholly.  I was completely wrong.  Everyone in the London Institute and in the book were amazingly written and I am just as attached to them as I am to the characters in TMI (the only exception being Jace, because I love him so).

The Clockwork Princess dragged me back into the world of the Shadowhunters and I barely put the book down.  It was full of highs and lows for the characters and everything they were feeling, I was feeling right along with them.  All of the loose-ends were tied up impeccably and there was really that feeling of finality when the story was complete that gave me the feeling of "all's well that ends well."

Unfortunately, the very ending was a bit too sweet for me.  When you have read the book/series (which I hope you will do, because it is excellent!) you may know what I am talking about.  The last chapter seemed a little out of place to me and a little too... happily ever after?  If that makes sense.  I normally like things like that, but in this case it was a little too much for me.  I would, however, definitely recommend this whole series along with anything else written by Cassandra Clare.


  1. YES. Thank you. I thought the ending was WAY too much. I think I was happiest with the "first" ending and didn't think that it needed ANOTHER one. Still, I do think that Cassandra Clare is a great writer! I'm still sad this series has ended.

    Great review!

    1. I am glad someone else agrees with me and I am not just a super cynical person :) I am so sad it ended too, looking forward to re-reading the Mortal Instruments with my new-found knowledge though :P


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