At the end of Cassandra Clare’s “Clockwork Prince” fans were left wondering how on Earth the bestselling author could wrap up The Infernal Devices without breaking hearts around the world. There seemed to be no happy ending for these brilliantly made characters. Well, somehow through nothing short of literary magic, Clare has delivered an ending that no reader will forget anytime soon. It’s an ending that should satisfy all and leave you torn a part that The Infernal Devices is over. However, now we can all look forward to her final installment of The Mortal Instruments, “City of Heavenly Fire” due out March 1, 2014. After that begins The Dark Artifices and Clare recently teased another historical Shadowhunter series. The Infernal Devices may be over but the good news is that Clare’s Shadowhunter Chronicles is going nowhere but taking us on more exciting adventures.
“Clockwork Princess” for me, was perfect in everyway. It was very suspenseful with a clear threat to the London Institute and the Shadowhunters as a whole. On top of this Tessa continues to feel torn between to loves. I’m typically not a friend of love triangles. I think they are often created out of the false feeling that they are necessary. However, that is NOT the case here. Clare has created a believable and beautiful relationship between Tessa and Will and Tessa and Jem. There is no bad choice here and she is convincing in her feelings for both oh them. Without giving anything away in this spoiler-free review, I will say that fans of both ships should finish “Clockwork Princess” exhausted by the emotional journey but also happy.
The fact that Clare can so easily weave humor into a story of such turmoil I feel is amazing. Yes, I cried in various parts of this book but I also laughed a great deal. Also, don’t forget that crying is always about being sad, I had happy tears as well.
It was fascinating to see some elements come together that readers of The Mortal Instruments will know is important. Keep in mind that these Shadowhunter’s aren’t as advanced as Jace, Clary and the gang in New York so it is fun to see how some of their technology comes to be.
Of course, there is Magnus Bane. I feel that Bane’s performance in “Clockwork Princess” was flawless and just perfect. If fans weren’t aching to read “The Bane Chronicles”, they certainly will be after reading “Clockwork Princess.”
Overall, the book was emotional as many fans suspected. Clare does not undermine the danger in this story yet she weaves the pieces together in such a way that keeps you guessing yet smiling at the end. “Clockwork Princess” is a wonderful reading journey. There is no better way to describe it as just that.
I highly recommend “Clockwork Princess” and the entire Infernal Devices series. Cassandra Clare is currently on tour along with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson, the coauthors of “The Bane Chronicles.” Will you be seeing them on the “Clockwork Princess” tour?
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