Title: Clockwork Princess
Series: The Infernal Devices, #3
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, March 2013
Source: bought a copy
Links: [goodreads][amazon.com][the book depository]
Taken from back cover:
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.
To be honest, when I first began reading Clockwork Princess a few days ago, I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy it. It has been over a year since I read Clockwork Prince, and I didn’t remember much of the story. All I could recall was how much I liked Tess, Will and Jem and the bit about someone paying a visit at the Institute in the end. But as soon as I started reading, I began to recall bits and pieces of the story from the first two books. It’s like meeting with old friends after not seeing them for years. The first few moments might seem a little awkward but once the conversation started, things just rushed back and it’s like we’ve never separated. Reading Clockwork Princess was just like that – old friends visiting and we had a great time getting together. As I finished the last page and closed the book, I smiled. I felt wonderful. For me, it’s not an overstatement to say that this is one of the most satisfying experiences that I’ve ever had with books. I loved it and I know that I’d treasure this feeling for a very long time.
I don’t know about you, but I read novels because I like to imagine a movie in my mind through the words that are offered. Clockwork Princess is so packed with details that I could vividly picture every scene and every character. Usually, I could only vaguely imagine secondary characters in my head but not here. I was actually surprised by the details that I could capture for Henry, Sophie, Gideon and Gabriel, and I felt really sad when one of them got severely injured. At the same time, I felt elated because in this installment, we get to know the Lightwood brothers in ways that I’d never assume and it’s just lovely to learn about their choice of loyalty, their hidden fear, their desperate hope as well as their heart longings. I guess it’s quite an impossible task for me to not include any book description in my review and if you’re upset to see hint(s) or spoiler, I apologize for my lack of restraint.
I guess what I really loved it’s the revelation of why Mortmain was so keen in having Tess on his side. It’s something that I sort of suspected but seeing Tess in action? Wow!! I guess it’s fair to say that Clare surely knows how to impress all of us with some heart-throbbing, fist-pumping heroic deeds and action!
To sum it up, I’d say Clockwork Princess is highly entertaining. It’s not just a story about loyalty and love, it’s also a book about trials for strength as well as quests for purpose. If you like dialogues that are witty and funny, you’d want to read Clockwork Princess. If you like characters that are brave and noble, you’d not want to miss Clockwork Princess. And if you like romance and magic that make you laugh, cry, giggle and sigh, you’d definitely want to devour Clockwork Princess. I hope you’d love the book as much as I did.
Happy Reading! 🙂