Thursday, 1 August 2013

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices book #3) by Cassandra Clare

                                                                  Title: Clockwork Princess
                                                     Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 570
Published: March 13th 2013, by Walker Book Ltd
Series: The Infernal Devices book #3
Genre: YA
Stars: 5/5 stars

A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. 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.


Okay, so firstly, my opinions about the main characters are pretty much the same as the first two books. Click here to read the review for the first book and here to read the review for the second book.

Aside from the main characters though, I really liked Cecily, Will’s younger sister. She’s charming, naive and knows how to ruffles Will’s feathers in a way that younger sisters know how to. It was adorable and in a way she was a bit like Will in a female version.  

I also liked Gabriel’s character. He changed from being a stubborn boy from the first two books and this is partly by seeing his family in the wrong and Charlotte’s family in the right. His new attitude was also affected by his attraction for Cecily (which I knew something was going to happen between them two from the first couples of pages) and his desire to be good in general. It was a breath of fresh air to see Gabriel’s new side to him. He was almost a bit like Will, in terms of speaking without thinking haha.
Oh and I would like to take this space by declaring my undying love for Will. Yep, it hasn’t changed and I think I’m utterly, truly in love with him! Ahhh, I’m so sad for loving a book character but he is just soooooo dreamy in every possible way!!!!

Okay so aside from my love for Will, I really liked the themes that were portrayed in this book. One of them if obviously love. The other is friendship. The most obvious one if the friendship between Will and Jem. The readers can see how real that friendship was when their parabatie disappeared and Will went through the emotion of grief and pain. It was absolutely shattering when Jem was in his last moments of being a shadowhunter and Will was there by his side *sigh*. No doubt there was numerous times where I wanted to cry!

That leads me to another theme which definitely made me cry; loss. One of the biggest loss was Jem dying as a shadowhunter and being transformed into a Silent Brother; Brother Zachariah. Ahh that was such a sad moment!!!

Another one was when Will was dying as an old man amongst his and Tessa’s children and grandchildren. Charlotte, Sophie and, Cecily and Gabriel was there too all in their old age. Ahhh, it was such a heartbreaking moment. Of course Will had to die someday, but I preferred it if Cassandra didn’t mention Will dying in such a way. That way maybe, possibly, Will could have survived with Tessa forever. Ahhh, I know that couldn’t be true, since he isn’t immortal butttt!!!! However, his dying scene was beautifully written, especially the part when Jem entered and played his violin, letting the past moments he had with Will play over.

Lastly, I am glad Cassandra made Jem turned back to a mortal even though it took about two centuries haha. That way, Tessa doesn’t have to be alone, until the moment when Jem dies. However, I think that both may feature and die together in the last book of the Mortal Instruments. I just think that’s going to happen, but if that does happen then it just seems like Tessa and Jem were supposed to be together? Mmm, I don’t know.

The ending was bitter sweet for Tessa and for me.

Ahh,  I’m sad the trilogy is finished buttttt Will make another appearance in his 40’s when the main protagonist is Will and Tessa’s oldest son, James in another shadowhunter series after the Dark Artifices trilogy. 

Notables quotes/passages:
“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.” 

“Will rose slowly to his feet. He could not believe he was doing what he was doing, but it was clear that he was, clear as the silver rim around the black of Jem’s eyes. “If there is a life after this one,” he said, “let me meet you in it, James Carstairs.”

“There will be other lives.” Jem held his hand out, and for a moment, they clasped hands, as they had done during their parabatai ritual, reaching across twin rings of fire to interlace their fingers with each other. “The world is a wheel,” he said. “When we rise or fall, we do it together.”

Will tightened his grip on Jem’s hand, which felt thin as twigs in his. “Well, then,” he said, through a tight throat, “since you say there will be another life for me, let us both pray I do not make as colossal a mess of it as I have this one.” 

“Of course you can have a true Shadowhunter name," Will said. "You can have mine."
Tessa stared at him, all black and white against the black-and-white snow and stone. "Your name?"
Will took a step toward her, till they stood face-to-face. Then he reached to take her hand and slid off her glove, which he put into his pocket. He held her bare hand in his, his fingers curved around hers. His hand was warm and callused, and his touch made her shiver. His eyes were steady and blue; they were everything that Will was: true and tender, sharp and witty, loving and kind. "Marry me," he said. "Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be called Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.” 

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