Publication Date: March 19, 2013Review: This review is (painstakingly) spoiler free.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: eBook (but my hardcover copy is coming in soon!)
Page Count: 568
Synopsis: 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.
The Infernal Devices is a series that I hold dearly to my heart. I've come to care for all of these characters so much, including the newer ones. And even now, my heart still aches in memory of this book and its characters. This book pulled so many emotions from me: happiness, depression, heartache... Name it, and it's probably true. The way Cassandra Clare has managed to make me feel about all of these characters is phenomenal.
It's difficult to say goodbye to a series you love. And because of this, I purposely took my time reading this final installment, relishing the last chapters ever to be written in this series. As the characters' stories wound to an end, I could feel pieces of my heart chipping away.
The relationships in this book are just breathtaking. I'm not talking just talking about the love triangle (though it's definitely remarkable). The familial atmosphere and loyalty throughout the London Institute is just so awe-inducing. And then there's the friendship between Will and Jem, which is without a doubt the most beautiful and perfect friendship I have ever read about. They are more than just parabatai, they are more than just friends, they're soul mates in the deepest sense possible. Without the other, one cannot be the same. They're two parts of one heart. Every memory of their friendship that is mentioned brought tears to my eyes.
Cassandra Clare has written an incredible love triangle in this series. But here's the fault of a good love triangle: the reader ends up caring for both boys, so regardless of the outcome, it's always bittersweet. And that's Clockwork Princess in one word, I think. Bittersweet. I love Will Herondale and I love Jem Carstairs. Although I've been a strong admirer of Will since Clockwork Angel, I have so much more respect for Jem than any other character in this series. James Carstairs is gorgeous, inside and out, and he will forever be one of my favorite literary characters. The romance in this book is intense, and a bit messed up at times, but it's perfect in its own way.
Rarely have I ever encountered such a perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. But Clockwork Princess has blown my expectations out of the water. Clockwork Princess has made me sob uncontrollably due to its utter perfection. And after reading the last page of the last book in the series, I feel as if something within me is broken and lost. And I think that's the true sign of an amazing series.
5 brilliant keys. Wow. I cannot believe I actually wrote a coherent review of this book.