Review: Clockwork Princess

Title: The Infernal Devices – Clockwork Princess Image

Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: There is one thing you need to understand about me as a reader, and that is that I despise love triangles. Lately it seems that so many authors have resorted to this cliched romance technique and Cassandra Clare is no exception to this. She seems to live by the teenage love triangles; it was what made me hate the first book in this series so much as I saw no difference between the relationship dynamics of characters in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series. The second book was in improvement as characters and plots were fleshed out to provide distinction. And Clockwork Princess, the final book of the trilogy, was an acceptable ending.

That being said, there were still problems with the book. I thought the conflict was resolved too swiftly and neatly, leaving me with no sense of excitement. The hostility of the Consul was suspicious from the beginning yet no one ever thought to investigate his switch of behavior and attitudes. There was also a bit too much soulmate seeking; it was as if every character needed to find their “love” to provide a lineage to the characters we know and love from The Mortal Instruments.

In my opinion, The Infernal Devices has always been a love story with the most important relationship being between Jem and Will. I loved their love and friendship and loyalty to one another more than I liked either of them with Tessa. They are the best friends of dreams, and I always found it a shame that such an obstacle had to be placed in their way once both fell in love with Tessa. At first, I was aggravated beyond belief while reading because I thought that Clare had taken the easy way out of the love triangle by making one of them change so that Tessa would have to be with the other. It was disheartening and off putting. But in the end, it became clear that it is possible for Tessa to love two men at once. The ending was circular, and while it was nowhere near what I would have chosen as a way to end these characters’ journeys, I could accept it and in the long run I believe that I might become satisfied with it.

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