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.
Even though I want nothing more than to discuss this book in detail with everybody, I will keep this review spoiler-free because, well, that’s how I prefer to remain with the close of a series. It adds a little more of that surprise and shock factor I love so much.
This will be short and sweet. I can not say enough good things about this book. Wonderful, heart-wrenching, beautiful, moving, touching, PERFECT – those are just a few words that come to mind because it’s hard to articulate anything else. It’s funny because when I first read Clockwork Angel years ago, I did so with trepidation. I had just finished the first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments series and I thought for sure I would not like this prequel series. For one, I don’t usually read a lot of historical fiction. I’m not really sure why, and I’ve pretty much loved everything I’ve read in the genre so it’s a little silly for me to have those feelings. There is also an element of steampunk, which again, nothing I have an interest in. But I gave it a shot. And I’m so glad I did because I can’t imagine not having this series in my life.
Even though I thought Clockwork Angel was a strong start to this series, it wasn’t until the second installment, Clockwork Prince, that I completely fell in love with the characters. Heading into Clockwork Princess, to say I was invested would be an understatement. I had theories constantly evolving in my head. How can this love triangle possibly end well? Who is Brother Zachariah? What is up with that necklace? Who is Tessa really? Everything was answered and went beyond my expectations.
Cassandra Clare managed to do the impossible. She took one of the most difficult love triangles I have read, and I say difficult because both guys are wonderful and love Tessa so deeply, and managed to end it so satisfyingly. My heart ached, still aches, with both happiness and grief to the point that it completely consumed me in ways I did not expect or feel before. You know the phrase, ALL THE FEELS? Yeah, well this is the epitome of that. Bawling like a baby, I have never been more happy with how a series has played out.
It wasn’t all sad, of course. We get to see how all the other characters tangle together. I must say, there were a lot of great one liners by all of them. I expect that from Will, but Sophie surprised me! I thoroughly enjoyed how they all played into the events going on around them as well as what is to come in their future. I managed to avoid the family tree until I finished but even that made me tear up.
What may make this whole book, and series, is the beautiful friendship between Will and Jem. And when I say friendship, that’s putting it lightly. There is so much more to their relationship. Never have I seen two characters love each other so fiercely, willing to die to protect the other. Every moment between the two of them is special. Tears were brought to my eyes repeatedly. Writing this just thinking about them is doing to same, in fact.
If you have not started this series, I implore you to give these books a try, just so you can meet these wonderful characters and the love they have for each other.
I think the following words from a very wise man seem fitting here:
I could go on and on with quotes I loved from this book, but I’ll narrow it done to a few. Of course, these are spoilery. Please highlight to see quotes! DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU’VE READ CLOCKWORK PRINCESS!
“I am nothing if not gracious,” Will said. His eyes searched Jem’s face, that face as familiar to him as his own. “And determined. You will not leave me. Not while I live.”
“You remember what else I said to you that day in the drawing room,” he said. “I want you to be happy, and him to be happy. And yet when you walk that aisle to meet him and join yourselves forever you will walk an invisible path of the shards of my heart, Tessa. I would give over my own life for either of yours. I would give over my own life for your happiness. I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away at atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that. It is unfair to tell you this, I know, when you can do nothing about it.” He took a shuddering breath. “How you must despise me.”
“I see it,” Gideon said in a low voice. “I am not blind, and we are people of many scars. I see it, but it is not ugly. It is just another beautiful part of the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.”
Jem touched the parabatai rune on his shoulder, through the thin material of his nightshirt. “I am not alone,” he said. “Wherever we are, we are as one.”
“I told you before, Jem, that you would not leave me,” Will said, his bloody hand on the hilt of the dagger. “And you are still with me. When I breathe, I will think of you, for without you I would have been dead years ago. When I wake up and when I sleep, when I lift up my hands to defend myself or when I lie down to die, you will be with me. You say we are born and born again. I say there is a river that divides the dead and the living. What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, and if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so that we can cross together.”
“We spoke of how to say good-bye,” Jem said. “When Jonathan bid farewell to David, he said, ‘Go in peace, for as much as we have sworn, both of us, saying the Lord be between me and thee, forever.’ They did not see each other again, but they did not forget. So it will be with us. When I am Brother Zachariah, when I no longer see the world with my human eyes, I will still be in some parts the Jem you knew, and I will see you with the eyes of my heart.”
Will’s grin widened. “Oh, him,” he said. “This is Cecily’s – friend, Mr. Gabriel Lightworm.”
Please read these books if you have not done so already! And if you have and want to discuss and flail about the details, feel free to email me!