The third book in the infernal devices series picks up where the last one left off. The Shadowhunters of the London Institute have to fight Mortmain before his automatons destroy the Institute and the Shadowhunters.
There is only one piece missing from his plan and that is Tessa Gray.
Charlotte Branwell and the rest of their Institute try to protect her and they are desperate to find a solution to their problem before their enemy strikes.
Jem and Will face their most difficult time together when Jem’s condition worsens, even though he’s preparing for his wedding to Tessa. And still Will tries to hide his love for her and he tries to be there for his friend and his parabatai, and to keep his feelings for Tessa secret from him.
Danger and betrayal are tangled up with love and loss as the protagonists of the story fight to win against all odds.
The conclusion of the infernal devices trilogy is as an epic and grand as the previous two books. In clockwork Princess all the little threads come together in an epic showdown of loyalty, love and perseverance.
THE NON-SPOILERY TALK
Cassandra Clare has a way of weaving threads and stories together, of bringing characters to life, and creating worlds and settings that immerse the reader, and this book is no exception.
I always find it difficult to get in the books at the beginning of every Cassandra Clare’s story, no matter how amazing and breathtaking the previous one was. It doesn’t matter if there was a cliffhanger or not, somehow I always end up finding the beginning of the story to be slow but that is nothing that takes away from the story itself or the plot or the characters or anything.
The clockwork Princess is a spectacular end to a spectacular trilogy. The story starts with Tessa’s wedding to Jem, with Cecily in the Institute alongside her brother causing trouble, and Consul Wayland breathing down Charlotte’s neck. Things don’t go as planned for our protagonists and they find themselves with some unlikely allies in the faces of Gideon and Gabriel, and even the warlock Magnus Bane, a personal favourite of mine.
The Magister has created an army of automatons and he’s ready to use them against that Enclave. He’s only missing Tessa and he’s ready to do just about anything to have her.
The book starts with a scene that has Aloysius Starkweather, a man that relished in the glory of slaughtering downworlders and getting spoils from them, and his granddaughter Adele, when she’s about to get her first runes at the age of 10. He was very attached to her and she trusted him with everything. A heartbreaking scene, that shows some more light in the story and what happened in the past. And the most important thing, Tessa’s parentage.
I wasn’t surprised with Tessa’s parentage to be honest, I saw it coming a mile away. I know some people say they were surprised, but it didn’t ruin the story for me any. If anything, I felt relieved and rewarded in a way for being right.
I love how in-depth the characters are, even the ones that are considered side characters. I love how real and alive the world of England in 1878 feels, and even more so I love the world of the Shadowhunters with their traditions and their customs. It all feels real to me and I can appreciate that in a fantasy setting, especially since Fantasy is what I want to write myself.
Though I didn’t understand why the Consul suddenly turned on Charlotte even though he was the one who first put her in the position as the head of the London Institute.
Also, I felt some parts of the story were rushed when it came to the romance. Not the romance between Tessa, Jem and Will, but with some of the other characters. I felt like some things happened and they happened so fast so they serve some of the things that are going on in the mortal instrument series. This is something I didn’t particularly like but that didn’t completely throw me off the story or ruin it for me. It’s just something that I noticed and that I didn’t like. All in all this is a story and a conclusion to a trilogy that’s one of the best I’ve read. Especially the epilogue, which was just heartbreaking and even made me cry and I’m not a person that actually cries when I read stories but that epilogue made me cry.