In short... I recommend this series. All three books were very enjoyable. And, you get the supreme pleasure of a happy ending. That allows me to walk away from this series fully satisfied. And that's pretty rare. You usually end up lamenting about one character or another, wanting more or different. But not with this series. Just enjoyable listening, an interesting story, intriguing and likable characters and an awesome ending. Ahhhhhh. :)
It's among my favorites, for sure.
When Will finds Tessa in Mortmain's lair. I was laughing and crying at the same time. Phenomenal.
That would be a toss up between Tessa, Will and Magnus. I adore all of them, though. It was brilliantly done.
I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I held my breath, it was amazing.
Clockwork Princess is the third and final installment in The Infernal Devices trilogy by the incomparable Cassandra Clare. I was terrified to read this book, I won't lie. I bought it the moment it released and then started it and put it down, so very afraid of what was going to happen to my beloved Tessa, Will and Jem. I wanted to know what happened- yes- but I didn't want it to be over. I did not want to say goodbye. So I shelved it. I'm a wimp, I own it. However, after my recent visit to Oblong Books & Music where I got to hear Cassie speak & get a picture with her and Holly Black (yay!), I found I was unable to put it off any longer. I put on my big girl panties and started the book again.
The story picks up not long after Clockwork Prince ended and dives right back into the action. I have to say, I was so happy that this book was so long. My hardcover copy was over 500 pages-I LOVE big books. Love them. And I felt Clare really tied all the necessary threads off to satisfactorily wind up her trilogy. I honestly don't know how to review this book without gushing and screaming in both happiness and heartbreak. There is just so much to scream about. And we don't do spoilers here and I would never want to be responsible for ruining someone else's reading experience.
I will say this-all of you authors attempting to write love triangles, you should all be taking notes from Cassandra Clare. Here, finally, we have a TRUE triangle. Three people who all truly love one another-not in a weird, kinky way- but real, deep, abiding, lasting, timeless love. Both romantic love and the love between friends and/or brothers, it leaps off the pages. Who should Tessa choose? No matter what happens, someone's heart will be broken, they could all potentially wind up alone and shattered inside.
Reading this book was a bit of a traumatic experience if I'm being honest. I couldn't stop once I'd started again. I had to know what would happen and how things would fall in the end. It was beautiful and brilliant and I know I'm gushing, I'm sorry but I am sincere in saying that I don't think I will ever love a series or the characters therein as much as I have these ones. They have left their marks on my soul and I see many re-reads in my future.
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
I have read all of Cassandra Clare's books related to this series. Understanding what story to which this was a prequel absolutely made the story line exciting and enticing. The characters she has created in this series are connected over long periods of time and in ways that are sometimes mysterious but always compelling. The unique world she has created continues to exist in my imagination and my heart long after I finish her works and this 3 book series was no different. With her usual pacing and poise she had me walking along with the characters I have love from the previous series and envisioning myself living in England of Olde.
Of course, Magnus Bane is my favorite character in all of her books. Complicated, compassionate, feisty, powerful, and sarcastic he is at once the most daring and the most human character in the books. As an aside, the Bane Chronicles (10 of them) will tell you more about the life of Magnus over time and are short listens well worth your time. Kudos to Clare for creating a character that I would love to meet in real life.
I often think that some novels are placed in YA (Young Adult) because that is where editors believe they will sell. Clare's books are not written for children and they certainly are not written only for young adults. The characters she has created, some wise, some young and naive, help to deliver all kinds of messages throughout her complicated stories. If you are looking for a series that will engross you for a long time to come then Cassandra Clare's books are those books. The love, the hate, the family grudges, and the world in which the characters live reaches across long periods of time and space and she masterfully pulls the reader in and envelopes the reader part of the world.
This series rekindled my intense love of reading. Working full time leaves little free time to read so listening during work has become my reading. The ending was beautiful but I will leave no spoilers. So much love. The story was beautifully performed.