Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
*This book is part of a series, so the following review will contain spoilers to the previous books*
I now reach the end of the final book in The Infernal Devices trilogy. With the Shadowhunters and Tessa facing more trials and tribulations, we are thrown straight back into the action.
After rejecting Will’s declaration of love, Tessa throws herself into her engagement to Jem. However the Magistrate is still on the loose and Charlotte’s position at the Institute is still under threat. Also complicating matters are Will’s sister Cecily and the return of a figure from the past. Everything comes together and leads to a dramatic conclusion.
As with the previous two novels Clockwork Princess makes for a riveting read and the plot develops in unexpected ways. It also manages to be funny, thrilling and heart-breaking in places, which is exactly what I hope for in a Cassandra Clare novel. This instalment ties with the first novel as my favourite of the series.
Having grown attached to these characters over the series you hope that everything will work out for the best. However happy endings can’t be guaranteed for all our heroes, especially when you have a love triangle where someone must be the loser. The love story concludes in an interesting and satisfying way, going through more twists and turns than I expected and should leave most fans contented.
The supporting characters arcs are also brought to a satisfying conclusion. Again warlock Magnus Bane is back and often fights with Will for the best lines in the book. The Lightwood brothers Gideon and Gabriel also make a welcome return and given more development.
The ending of the third book also ties in nicely with the last instalment of The Mortal Instruments series featuring the modern day Shadowhunters that made Clare famous. Finishing The Infernal Devices makes me want to re-read The Mortal Instruments series as well as hotly anticipating the Shadowhunter TV series. Overall this has been an enthralling trilogy, which should please fans of Clare previous work and enthral newbies to her books.