After reading the Mortal Instruments in its entirety. I did not want to like The Infernal Devices. I just didn't see how I possibly could love it the way I did The Mortal Instruments. I didn't think I'd be as it invested in the characters as I was in the last series. but man was I wrong. I came to love the characters as so many others did and I might love it more than Mortal Instruments if that's even possible. The depth of the characters was incredible the narrator did a really good job bringing this book to life. I recommend it wholeheartedly. By the end of the Clockwork Princess I was bawling my eyes out.
Loved the all the of the books in this companion series. Was a little disappointed in the change of reader for each book. The lisp gave to one character in the first book was gone in the others inexplicably and the singing of another was only spoken like a poem, if that, in the third instead of the way it was presented in its Irish signing that made you feel the way, and understand why they might be feeling that, of the singer and more so the other characters in the second and a major caracter gained a spontaneous accent only referenced before as an occasional lap in speech in the first two but it's a constant in the last. I feel that a continuity of reader would have been they biggest and only real significant improvement that these books could use.
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Excellent performance. I got lost in the characters which was the point.
Hurt, Emotional & Joyful. Is it possible to have a sad-joy? I'm very conflicted over the emotions this book has brought out in me. I have com to feel beauty and respect in that which i am adamantly against. One love for Tessa not two and yet what all three characters had was unique and seemed honest and true.
My mind and my heart cannot comprehend the turmoil of emotions that Cassandra Clare has put me through by writing this series. There was only one man I ever wanted Tessa to love. One and no other. I cannot wrap my head around the idea of Tess loving two men so completely at the same time, yet Clare's writing has me questioning everything. How can my still beating heart be hurting and overjoyed at the same time? As The Guardian wrote about The Infernal Devices series "I do love them as Tessa loves Will and Jem; not able to love one as much as I do if I didn’t love the other – loving them uniquely because they’re unique.". I could not have summed this up any better myself.
For those who endured and read through this epic series (which in my opinion could easily be turned into a film someday) you can't help but respect each and every character. I'm not just talking about Tess, Will & Jem, but everyone, including those who protected them and those who tried to destroy them. This book my friends is the final installment to the roller coaster ride Cassandra Clare put us readers on. The finale where all is revealed. It doesn't matter if we know if there's a HEA or not; I'm still contemplating if it is (this is where I'm happy and sad to the point of crying again... Thanks a lot Cassandra Clare).
After reading several reviews, too many describe the love triangle that Tess, Jem & Will are caught in, but it sounds wrong putting it like that. I don't fully understand how Clare wrote this story in such a way that Tess's love for each man was completely unique and completely the same. All three had a love which was inexplicable, yet made all the sense when you saw it, felt it even. There was no fight. There was no choosing one over the other (in a sense). I never felt Tess loved Jem out of pity - although I would have preferred it. But her devotion to him made my own convictions turn on me to feel like a judgmental and despicable person.
Putting this aside, all my respect goes to Will as he endured while the love of his life belonged to the man who was also his soul brother. My heart continuously broke for him when he was hurting her to protect her, when opened up to her about loving her & finally when he discovered his best friends love for her.
Now as for the ending, the epilogue which still causes tears to appear just by the mention of it.. I will reserve my opinion because although it's the most phenomenal finish I have ever read to any novel (that's a heavy statement but true). I still love and hate it - and once again my pulse is racing and I want to cry from the emotion.
I love most books that transport me to another time and place & books that uplift my spirit.
Usually I mind when I find a series has different narrators from each book but this series was so enthralling that it didn't matter to me. I love Cassandra's books. Each one allows the story of the shadowhunters to grow and expand. Will always love this author.
Mystery and Fantasy Lover
This was a fabulous completion to this trio of books. The Shadowhunter world of this era was well described making it a wonderful place for the superb characters. This book finishes up the story completely but allows for characters to be a part of later books. This is a great series of love!
Daniel sharman did a fantastic job! He brought each character to life. I would listen to him again. I was nervous for this book because often times the conclusion to a trilogy can be disappointing but not this one. It was so well written. It was intense and lovely and full of every emotion. A wonderful conclusion to a great trilogy!!
Wow. I feel like my heart was just taken for an unimaginably trying ride. I was sobbing one minute, gasping in delight the next. Even though everything came full circle in the end, I'm still reeling from the emotional roller coaster. It's been some time since I've been so invested in the characters of a book, wanted so desperately to fix all the problems for them, or soothe their aching hearts. I was spellbound, and am grateful to Ms. Clare for gifting me with this beautiful tale.