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The Infernal Devices Book 3: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

on June 19, 2014

Image     The Infernal Devices Book 3: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Princess is the third book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, along with Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. It is the second trilogy set in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter universe, along with The Mortal Instruments series.

The Mortal Instruments was originally a trilogy consisting of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass. However, it was later expanded into a sextet, with City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire, which came out a few weeks ago (and since I finally saved up enough money to buy it, the review for it will hopefully come out next week).

There are also two more upcoming spin off trilogies: The Dark Artifices, consisting of Lady Midnight (which comes out Fall 2015), The Prince of Shadows, and The Queen of Air and Darkness, and, The Last Hours trilogy, consisting of Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron, which will come out sometime in the next few years.

When I was looking around the website, I found something called The Secret Treasons, which looks like it might be another book or trilogy, but I didn’t find any other information about it other than the name.

There are also three companion books: one of which is a companion guide to the Shadowhunter world: The Shadowhunter Codex, which came out in 2013. There is also Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Guide, which contains essays written by several other prominent YA authors, including Holly Black (one of the writers of the Spiderwick Chronicles and the author the Modern Tales of Faerie series, which has been featured on this blog), Rachel Caine (author of The Morgansville Vampires series), and Kami Garcia (author of the Beautiful Creatures series).

Also, there is a series of short stories written by Cassandra Clare and some of her writer friends available on eBook called The Bane Chronicles. This series stars one of the most popular character in the series, Magnus Bane. A printed collection of the stories will hit be available this November, and will be featured on this blog.

Finally, Clare and her friend she has co-written before, Holly Black, known best for The Spiderwick Chronicles, are working on another set of books, The Magisterium Series, the first of which comes out September 9th, 2014. I haven’t decided if I’m going to review it yet, but I am at least going to take a look at it.


Sometimes I forget how much content this series has and will have in the future until I have to write that page and a half long essay on all the different books that are out and will come out. I do this thing sometimes where I just find and author and decide to just read everything that person has written (for example: Darren Shan and his those two massive series from him I read last year).   As you can see, Cassandra Clare has become one of these authors.


Anyway, Clockwork Princess starts off two months after the end of Clockwork Prince, which is also two months after Jem Carstairs, a terminally ill Shadowhunter, proposed to Tessa Gray, a young warlock with the amazing power to shape shift into whoever she wants. It is also two months since Jem’s best friend Will Herondale, also professed his love for Tessa, two months since the warlock Magnus Bane helped him discover that the curse that was placed upon him when he was twelve turned out to be fake, and two months after his younger sister, Cecily, traveled to London to convince her brother to return home to Wales.

In the two months that have passed, Tessa has begun to prepare for her wedding, Will has reluctantly begun his sister’s training ,and Gideon Lightwood, who came to live at the London Institute after having enough of his father’s demonic antics, is trying to figure out exactly what he did wrong that made Sophie, a maid with the Sight, suddenly reject all of his advances.

Unfortunately, their momentarily quiet existence is disturbed when Gabriel Lightwood, Gideon’s younger brother runs to the Institute when his father inexplicably turns into a demon. When the Shadowhunters of the Institute go to fight the monster, they find clues about the whereabouts of Mortmain, a mundane with a grudge on the Shadowhunters for murdering his adoptive warlock parents.

With the new information in hand, the group tries to go after Mortmain, but are hit with resistance as the Consul, leader of Shadowhunter Council, has had enough of Charlotte Branwell, leader of the London Institute, and her independence and reluctance to blindly follow everything he says. Seemingly on their own, Tessa and her friends must try and defeat Mortmain before he uses his clockwork abominations to destroy Shadowhunter life as we know it.


Oh my goodness, this was quite a book. I love The Infernal Devices series, I really do. This was such an enjoyable book, I had just so much fun reading it! That’s what really reading should be about: enjoyment.

More specifically, the storyline of Charlotte Branwell and her fight to keep the London Institute. At every turn her word is rejected by the Consul and other Shadowhunters because she was a woman, and her fight to keep this Institute open for the orphaned teens who live there is impressive to say the least. Charlotte shows that she is a compassionate and stern woman, and her story is one of the best parts of the series.

Also, normally the love triangles make me cringe, but the Jem-Tessa-Will storyline was actually fairly well done. Both boys were very respectful of the other and Tessa’s decisions, and I think that helped me stay interested. It was clear that Jem and Will clearly had a brotherly love for each other, their relationship was not going to suffer because they both fell in love with the same girl, even one as unique as Tessa Gray.


As I said earlier, I really love this series, and Clockwork Princess was a good end to a good series. Granted, the end does feel like it just… keeps… going, but other than that it was a solid read.


Rating: 8 out 10.


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