Clockwork Princess if the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. It released in 2013 and I bought it immediately, only to let it sit on my book shelf until I was ready for it. Fast forward to this month and I finally was in the mood to return to the books that I love, to a world that Cassandra Clare erected for us. From page one I was immersed in this book and enjoyed the ride as I went along. There is something magical about Clare’s worlds and this book is no exception. It was good to be back with the Shadowhunters once again.
* Spoilers for those who have not read Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince *
When we left off in Clockwork Prince, Mortmain and his automatons had continually stirred the Shadowhunters at every opportunity. Will had discovered that his supposed curse was a fake and Jem had proposed to Tessa, despite knowing that his death might happen at any time. Now, preparing for their nuptials, Will and Tessa discover that the drug that Jem requires to extend his life is being bought up by someone in London. All roads point to Mortmain, who has a terrible scheme in mind for Tessa; one that might even lead her towards discoveries about her own past and potential future.
This book has a lot of personal dynamics that stretch out the pacing. Clare has introduced a lot of characters with several loose ends that must be tied off. As such, it takes time to get through everyone, to give everyone their moment to shine. Ultimately though, this book focuses primarily on the bigger picture between Tess, Will, and Jem, and who will win Tessa’s heart even as she fights for her own life and to protect those that she loves.
Since the romance is a big plot point, it is difficult to talk about it without spoiling it for everyone. Suffice it to say, Clare finds a way to satisfy everyone and it is a really beautiful story that she tells. I’m still a Jem fan and I still loved watching him struggle with his own mortality. It is one of the highlights for me in this trilogy. Seeing what she does with the principles was a real joy.
There is one killjoy, though, and for me that is parts around the end that I might have done differently. I’m thinking specifically about the big battle at the end of the book, the real good vs. evil moment and some of the things that played out. As is, I did not enjoy the climax as much as I would have liked. There are a few elements of Tessa’s journey, growth, and resolution that felt like missed opportunities, and I cannot overlook how disappointed these parts made me feel. However, those parts are minimal and did little to detract my overall adoration of the book, so there is that.
This trilogy has been an odd one for me. At first I was wildly excited for it but felt disappointed by book one initially. Listening to the audio book some time later saved it for me. I wonder if I was just not in the head space for it when I read the book the first time. And I deeply loved book two, with a passion. Book three weights higher for me than my initial read of Clockwork Angel and for that I am grateful. I have been away from Clare for far too long and now it is time to return to her books. And I positively cannot wait. I will be starting City of Heavenly Fire and Lady Midnight this week as well and look forward to farewells and hellos alike.
4.5 out of 5 stars. I am so happy now.
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