Clockwork Princess Kindle Edition by Cassandra Clare
Click Here to Download the Book 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.
Reviews I may have loved this series more than the Mortal Instruments. The choices Tessa and Jem and Will made, and their actions, felt more *real* than in other fantasy books. Their lives felt more real, their gains and losses were jarringly real and hit their mark (despite the fantasy element). My heart broke for these three characters and how each of them gets cheated out of some element of their lives - time (and timing) is a running theme in this series (how interesting that the books should all have 'clockwork' in their titles (forgetting the obvious) and that there is always some element of time ticking throughout it all...). I am left at the end with my heart breaking for Tessa, despite the fact that she gets Jem. What happens after Jem? After her two loves have gone, what then? Is it worth still living after your loves have gone when time has no meaning for you while for them it tick-tick-ticks away? I cried when reading over the life she has with Will and how he passes on. It broke my heart - you don't want your heroes to die. Books never talk about the end, just the beginning. They leave an ellipsis at the end and we are left to fill in the blanks. But we never fill in their deaths, nor the mundane moments of their lives. I thought it may have been the best, most heartfelt and poignant passage of Cassandra Clare's that I have ever read (and I've read basically everything she's ever written - big fan).
After having spent a while reading a selection of YA books that all differed from one another, holding my copy of Clockwork Princess in my hands was like coming home... This is because even though are other exceptional authors out there, it seems as if Cassandra Clare is in a class of her own. It's been a while since I read the previous books in the series, but it didn't take long to get sucked back into the story. From there on, it was like an emotional rollercoaster... there were happy moments, sad moments, scary moments... and so on. Although I made the mistake of looking at the family tree at the back before reading, there were still loads of twists and turns (although for most of the characters I could more or less predict what was going to happen from the family tree info!). The author always manages to have such amazing, but not ridiculous or 'out of nowhere', solutions to the problems faced by the characters. And I don't think anybody could be unhappy with the way things play out in this book.
I don't think this trilogy could have had a more satisfying ending, and I'm sad to seeThe Infernal Devices come to a close... now to wait for the last chapter in The Mortal Instruments! I have no doubts that it'll be just as epic a conclusion, when the time comes. Thank you, Cassandra Clare!
In the third and final installment of Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices, the story of Tessa Gray, Will Herondale, James Carstairs, and the London Institute shadowhunters is brought to an emotional close. For fans of the series, Clockwork Princess is nothing less than what readers have come to expect from Clare. The story is intricate and intense causing one to laugh out loud one moment and burst into tears the next. A satisfying end to say the least, Clockwork Princess finds quirky ways to connect this late 1800's companion piece to Clare's 2007 set Mortal Instruments series. Perhaps one of the most satisfying aspects of this final tale is the definite transformation of Magnus Bane from cold detached downworlder to the loveable passionate warlock that fans of The Mortal instruments have come to love. Personally what I have loved about this series, is that while The Infernal Devices manages to be a part of the supernatural world that the author created in her original series, it clearly stands on its own. From beginning to end Clockwork Princess maintains the beautiful and delicate tone that Clare introduced us to on page one of Clockwork Angel. In the finale, every character is given their time to shine and no one plot feels forced. Although the story is given a clear ending, the author presents readers with a few winks to her ongoing shadowhunter stories including the forthcoming Dark Artifacts series. In Clockwork Princess, readers are treated to an ending that is satisfying and unique. While book clearly fits into the supernatural/fantasy young adult genre that is overpopulating bookshelves today, it could just as easily be placed amongst the works of classic authors such as Fitzgerald and Dickens. Even if you have not read Cassandra Clare's other work or if you are not a fan of The mortal Instruments novel, I recommend that you pick up The Infernal Devices immediately. Usually one to read a book in a single sitting, I found myself slowing down during the last two hundred pages, unwilling to say goodbye to the characters I had come to feel so deeply for. Even though I had over a year to theorize what could happen at the end of this series, Cassandra Clare proved to have several surprises up her sleeve. I was certainly not prepared for the ending that I got, but neither was I disappointed.
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