Friday, May 24, 2013

Review for Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess is the final installment of the Infernal Devices series written by Cassandra Clare. Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince are the first and second novels, respectively. There is a sequel series titled The Mortal Instruments.

Cassandra Clare seems to be stuck in the Shadowhunter world. one series spawns a prequel which births a sequel which regurgitates a spin-off. it's a never ending recycled clusterfuck. but this series, The Infernal Devices, is one of the most interesting and entertaining. Will, Jem, and Tessa are all great characters who reel you into their lives. with this final installment to the prequel series, you are immediately sucked in and then spit back out, forced to deal with all your intense emotions are each and every conflict (and resolution) that you just read about.

Clare is at her best (so far) with her writing in this book. i wasn't bothered by any narration or dialogue from any character. if there were mistakes or annoying quips, i completely missed them because i was so invested in the story. each character owned their voice and made me care about them as individuals, not just as a whole group. as always Will, Tessa, and Jem shine above all the rest. i don't think i've ever rooted for both men in a love triangle, but i was doing exactly that. i kept going back and forth between Jem and Will before i realized that i can't choose like Tessa can't choose. i loved them both equally. i'm satisfied with the way that particular conflict was resolved. i won't put any spoilers. you have to go read it for yourself. it's dealt with in a way that seems fair and realistic and romantic and heartbreaking all at the same time.

i laughed a lot during this book surprisingly. despite the heaviness of the story, Clare managed to get those sarcastic moments in there that i love so much. all of the scenes with Mortmain, the villain in case you don't know, were he wasn't written as a campy bad guy. not to say that the other baddies in her books are childish. Mortmain just feels like the baddest of the bad to me. the action scenes were kick ass. the final showdown between Mortmain and the scooby gang will go down as one of my favorite fight scenes. i rushed through this book because it's so fast paced, then found myself trying to draw it out so that it wouldn't be over. this is an amazing read and an amazing finish to a great series. hopefully the last book in The Mortal Instruments series will be even better than this (though i seriously doubt it).