The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess

Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare



The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess (Book three) by Cassandra Clare






Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, 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 the Magister, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction.

He needs Tessa.

Tessa knows Axel Mortmain, the Magister, is coming for her, but not where or when he will strike. Charlotte Branwell, the head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain first. And the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, and Will knows he should force himself to find someone else to care for, he is as much in love with her as ever.

In the last words of a dying Shadowhunter reside the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But the Shadowhunters of the London Institute cannot stand alone, and in their homeland of Idris, the ruling body of the Clave doubt their claims that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by those who should be their allies and with their enemies closing in, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine which is all that is keeping Jem alive. With his best friend at death’s door it is up to Will to risk everything to save the woman they both love.

To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Branwell to create a device that could help them to defeat the Magister. As those who love Tessa work to save her, and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself —for in the discovery of her own true nature, Tessa begins to learn that she is more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.1


It has been some time since I read Clockwork Prince, I had to brush up to recall much of what had been happening in the series.  The story continues with the three main characters; Tessa Gray (a shape shifter whose lineage is shrouded in mystery), William Herondale (the misunderstood alpha hero), and James (Jem) Carstairs (our gentle and loving companion).

Throughout the book we are faced with the triangle of emotions between Tessa, Jem and Will.  Naturally we all choose our sides and what we would like to happen.  I was team Will, but the fact that Jem was dying makes those of us on that side seem like bad people, so I’m sure many of you kept that to yourselves.

The Infernal Devices is actually a prequel to The Immortal Instruments.  The most entertaining part about the series is trying to make the connections to the future novels, who fits in where, when things will happen and what will become of certain characters that are not mentioned in T.M.I.

Cassandra Clare really struck gold with the concept of Shadowhunters.  She has created an amazing world and is branching out with so many different novels, I am glad she is able to keep the concept alive and growing.  You can see my review for her other novels, as well as Immortal Instruments: City of Bones film. Also, check out Cassandra Clare’s website for more information of some of her other projects.

Although I enjoy these series of books, I will admit that the Infernal Devices can be hard to get into at times.  In Clockwork Princess, I feel the majority of the novel focuses solely on Tessa, Jem and Will’s relationship, you are left waiting for something dramatic to happen.  The book really picks up in the end and I enjoy how Clare decided to end the novel.  It leaves you will a lot of questions, but also satisfied.  Despite the fact that this is a prequel series, I think it is imperative that you read at least a couple of T.M.I first before you jump into these.

1. Book Summary Courtesy of Cassandra Clare Clockwork Princess Summary

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