Oh, Cassandra Clare.
You are fabulous.
First of all, I would like to (say? write?) that I like the Infernal Devices series better (gasp!) than the Mortal Instruments series. Why? I have listed my reasons below:
1. Tessa/Will/Jem > Clary/Jace
2. Tessa’s powers > Clary’s powers
3. Cassandra Clare did not decide to drag out the story. I think everything fit nicely in three books.
In Clockwork Princess, everything comes to a head when Tessa and the Shadowhunters must take out Mortmain and his automatons, the “Infernal Devices.” While battling her affections for Will though she is engaged to Jem, and worrying about Jem’s illness, Tessa still manages to be the humble yet fiercely brave girl we know her to be. The book ultimately leads readers to the secret behind Tessa’s powers and her past.
This conclusion to the trilogy was fabulous, and definitely met all of my expectations. The Tessa/Will/Jem love-triangle will certainly satisfy all readers, as well as the added romance of the novel (eek!) Every character (excluding the villain) captured my heart. I loved the addition of Cecily Herondale, Will’s sister, as well as the Lightwood brothers. What I enjoyed the most were the ties to the Mortal Instruments series.
We all know that Will Herondale is Jace Herondale’s ancestor, but Clare definitely surprises readers with (SPOILER ALERT) a certain Silent Brother. I also enjoyed learning about the invention of Portals and the magic behind Tessa’s clockwork angel necklace (which, by the way, happens to be another link to the Mortal Instruments series).
In all, I think Clare did a marvelous job tying up the loose ends of the Infernal Devices series. Like always, I found it extremely difficult to put this book down.
*Tessa, by the way, makes an appearance in City of Glass – third book of the Mortal Instruments series.
BY THE WAY…
I also happened to watch a live Q&A with Cassandra Clare herself on YouTube. You can find it here – she answers readers’ questions and gives further insight into Clockwork Princess and the Mortal Instruments movie.
Also check out Cassandra Clare’s website for more info about her books. Read her bio, frequently asked questions, and her advice for writers. 🙂