Monday, March 25, 2013

Clockwork Princess | Cassandra Clare | Book Review

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
By Cassandra Clare
Hardcover568 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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. (Goodreads summary)

“You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” His blue eyes were dark with understanding — of course Will would understand.”  ― Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess
You know that feeling when you are reading a book...and it doesn't only exist in your mind, but takes root within your whole being? Where you sit with your eyes closed and you can't remember what is real anymore because the story has become your reality? Where you want to scream out and tell the characters to turn around, go back, save themselves!? Or reach through the pages and pull them into your arms to help ease their sorrow?

It has been a while since a book has completely torn me open as Clockwork Princess did. It gnawed its way into my chest. I couldn't read it fast enough, and I couldn't read it slow enough either. I wanted to get to the end, but I couldn't bear the passing of each page and the inevitability that eventually I would reach the end and it would all be over.

But a good book isn't over at the last page. A good book continues on as you retell the story to others. As you sit and reread your favorite passages. As you once again close your eyes and continue the story in your heart.

And Clockwork Princess was that good.

Cassandra Clare is a master of characterization. Her characters are so alive, so real and captivating. Their humanity aches with each turned page. Their love, pain and passion is so palpable that far be it for anyone to not experience the same emotions as they do. To not experience paralyzing empathy. From the moment I met Jace Wayland in City of Bones, I have been addicted to the world of the shadowhunters. I thought maybe it was just because Jace is that is Will Herondale -- with his blue eyes, wildness, and reckless heart. As is Jem -- with his gentle fierceness, his devotion and his patience. As is Charlotte, Cecily, Henry, the Lightwoods, etc.

They are brilliant characters in the midst of a fascinating story. Clockwork Princess was everything I hoped it would be plus more, more and more.  

“Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.” ― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel


  1. I was thrilled with this too. What a great ending for the trilogy. It made me run right off and reread Mortal Instruments.

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