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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices) Hardcover – March 19, 2013
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Oh, the angst in the final book in Clare’s Victorian-era steampunk trilogy, Infernal Devices! With the cunning and dangerous Mortmain still on the loose and threatening Shadowhunters everywhere, as well as unresolved feelings still in her heart, bride-to-be Tessa finds it increasingly challenging to get excited about her upcoming nuptials. Still, life must go on, and on and on it goes for Tessa’s resilient people. As Tessa finally learns what she is and what that means to both Mortmain and the world, the choices she must make will affect Shadowhunters and Downworlders forever. While there are a few surprising twists, this series conclusion seems devoted to resolving all of the loose threads and mysteries from the earlier books. Fans will feel great satisfaction in learning the answers to all of the questions from the previous volumes, but they’ll likely feel sadness, too, as the exhilarating saga comes to a close. A must-read for Clare’s fans, this is also highly recommended for followers of Gail Carriger’s Finishing School books and Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Blood series. Grades 9-12. --Candice Mack
"Compelling and believable...it may be Clare's best undertaking to date." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The unusual, satisfyingly indulgent conclusion will leave fans emotionally satiated. " (Kirkus Reviews)
"A must-read." (Booklist)
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I was so afraid to start reading this book. Truth be told, The Infernal Devices is my favorite of the two series, although I still hold a lot of love for The Mortal Instruments. Something about the Victorian setting or Tessa, who I can relate to more than Clary, grabbed me from the first word. The first thing you should know is that you will have many, many questions answered in this book. Some of those questions carry over to TMI and then some bounce back again and won't be entirely answered until City of Heavenly Fire is released. (Those questions aren't integral to the story, so you can still read one series without having to read the other.) There was intense action and suspense, and I was so pleased at how much the women in this book stepped up and fought, both physically and emotionally. There were so many difficult situations and decisions that I'm not exactly sure how it all fit in to one final book, but it did, and brilliantly so. There were some incredibly touching scenes involving Magnus, who I felt like we got to know a lot better in this book. I loved the romances of some the side characters combined with the dry sense of humor that has defined this series. I laughed out loud just as many times as I reached for the tissue.
There will be some that won't be happy with the ending. The epilogue, which Clare already revealed pre-publication begins in 2008, seems to take place after the events of City of Heavenly Fire are resolved. I found that interesting since, of course, that book won't be released until 2014. The way the two series puzzle piece together is fascinating and it's almost as if we got an ending to both series, but without really knowing what happens. It was very cleverly done. Am I happy with the ending? Yes, I am. So many questions were answered and I felt that, as a reader, I got to see everyone's ending, for better or for worse. There were certainly parts that were profoundly sad, but I found it to be more of a deeply poignant sadness rather than a 'WHY, GOD, WHY??' type of sadness, if that makes sense. In any event, I am sad to say goodbye to the London Institute and I didn't realize how attached I had become to everyone until I read the very last page.
Now to the good stuff...and be prepared for quotes because the entire book had a lot of great ones that I absolutely must add in my review.
Aw...Jem...and Will....these 2 guys have got to be at the top of my favorite male leads in a book list. I can't pick just one as a favorite, though I know many are huge fans of Will, but I can't pick between them (much like Tessa). From their incredibly loyal and deeply connected friendship to their undying love of the same woman, they are what puts the "awe" in "awesome". The relationship between these guys is more than just friendship and more than brotherhood. Honestly I'm not so sure we have any relationship in life that even comes close to the parabatai relationship. At its core is the principal of undying love and sacrifice and devotion.
"Jem has always given me exactly what I needed in the way I needed it, even when I did not know myself what I required." (Will)
Tessa loves Jem and at the end of book 2, Clockwork Prince, she has agreed to marry him. It's not pity that she feels for him, though he is dying, but it's admiration mixed with love. But her heart is torn because she also deeply loves Will. Is it possible to have this kind of deep love for two people at the same time though? That is a question she battles with.
"A heart divided against itself cannot stand, as they say. You love them both, and it tears you apart." (Magnus)
"It was a near incomprehensible tangle, the three of them, but there was one certainty, and that was that there was no lack of love between them."
There are many stories being told in this one book, well this whole trilogy really. Aside from the main characters Jem, Will and Tessa, this book also wraps up nicely the stories of Gabriel, Gideon, Cecily, Sophie, Charlotte and Henry. All of the side cast characters are ones that the reader grows attached to through the trilogy, of which I was quite fond of all of them. I would have been disappointed had their story lines not had some closure as well.
At the heart this is a story of love. Love of fellow shadowhunters, love of friendship, love of brotherhood, love of soul mates, love of family. For me, these words best describe the themes of this book: love, devotion, loyalty and honor.
"It was like I saw your soul in the notes of the music. And it was beautiful." (Tessa)
"Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us. And there is beauty that brevity alone provides." (Jem)
"Sometimes one must choose whether to be kind or honorable...sometimes one cannot be both." (Will)
"...the end of life is the sum of the love that was lived in it..." (Magnus)
"Come back to me. For I cannot bear to lose all my heart." (Will)
"You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime's worth."
"Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die --"
"Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two."
If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, then it's a no brainer. You MUST read this book. If you haven't yet checked out these series by Cassandra Clare I HIGHLY recommend them.
Final Rating - 5 stars!
Tessa is truly and inspiration. She is strong, outspoken, confident, a true friend, etc. She has grown so much in the London Institute because of her friends. I admire her because she always makes time to help out a friend as well as pick up a good book. I enjoyed reading Clockwork Princess as well as Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. I hope that everyone can enjoy the Shadowhunter world and everything in it. I recommend this book as well as all the Mortal Instrument novels. I love the way the author, Cassandra Clare gives life to each character and how she makes you feel as if you live within the book.