This is one of those cases where having the book in print could save a lot of time. There seemed to be way too much heartfelt angst, doubt, redemption, etc. that could have been skimmed. Alas, the ending saved it. I don't usually cry over a book but the last couple of hours kept me in tears. What a great ending for the series!
The same scene plays out over and over and over again - Tessa, Jem & Will. Whoa is me. Whos is Jem. Whoa is Will. We are all 17 pretending to be great romantics, great wordsmiths and great martyrs. I started rooting for the Magister.
With constant quotes and references to "classic literature", the author tries to ride piggy back on Dickens' and Bronte works but falls completely flat. This is a case of not knowing (or caring) who your real audience is. If I had to guess, I'd say the author was given more creative freedom with this series because of the success of other series. Turn back!
Often with young adult series, I feel cheated by not having been given the full novel experience. But with this trilogy, the waiting was worth it, because the ending was absolutely perfect and satisfying.
I already have. I enjoyed this series more than I am enjoying The Immortal Devices series- but I am biased as I love historical fiction. This book in particular, was a pleasure because it did not disappoint as a compelling finale to the trilogy....an unusual find.
The epilogue. I can't stop thinking about it even today. I'm note sure everyone will feel the same way I did-Spoiler AlertI was annoyed, 1st off because Tessa is demon enough to live forever, but shadow hunter enough to have children- yet, she never adequately explained that. But mostly I was surprised that she chose to allow a bittersweet ending where the heroine...sort of has her cake and eats it too? I mean, how often does a gal get to have both men she loves? At first I couldn't decide if I was completely touched at the possibility of sharing two lifetimes of love...or angry at the possible betrayal it should have been. But then I realized that both men were constantly painted as being selfless toward each other and both would have gained comfort in knowing the other was happy. So, In truth it was the best outcome to any love triangle where you root for each member. But every once in a while I think...well crap...It'll just be the boys anyway in the "afterlife" often mentioned- so, I think they get the better end of the deal. Sucks to love a half demon that lives forever, eh? Or...will Tessa be shadow hunter enough to join them? That would be awkward.
I loved the narrator in this story. Particularly because his accents were so good- Welsh, English, American- all excellent. Great voice too. Loved him. And that's saying a lot- usually I prefer female narrators because male narrators usually botch up female voices. Daniel did a decent job- would definitely look forward to any books he narrates in future.
When Will suffers the loss of his parabatai, and the appearance and farewell of Brother Zachariah.
I would because it takes me to a world far different from my own. Being set in London and in a different era brings a charm that I can't resist.
He has done such a fantastic job that I could follow the characters before it said who was speaking. I honestly kept forgetting that it was one man doing all the voices. Fantastic!! I can't emphasize enough how much I enjoyed listening to him. His accents for the different characters from Wales, USA, or the different areas in England were all clear and concise. Such a fantastic job, I'd listen to him reading the phone book for hours on end if I could.
The Clockwork Princess was a super fast listen. I devoured it! Clare has created a few characters that will stay with me forever.
A Satisfying end
It managed to end with every character winning and was an exciting end to a great series.
His voice fit the book so well and his accents were great with smooth transitions.
Defiantly the emotional end to this series. I cried a couple of times which I expected with the tangled love triangle.
Yes, if they like accents, period pieces and fantasy.
Good, she does a good job with the accents. Pretty easy to tell people apart.
Yes, except toward the last hour or two. It was too drawn out.
This one is considerably heavier and darker than the first two in the series. Anyone who has read the first two had to know this book was going to rip our hearts out. However, it is well-written, well-read and rewards you for your suffering in the end. Worth every tear.
The Clockwork Princess ties the story up in a neat bow. It ends better than one would have hoped for when reading book 1 and 2. The characters seem even more real in Clockwork Princess than they previously have. Had me on the edge of my seat, and made me cry more than once.