I couldn't even finish City of Bones (1st Mortal Instruments book). I couldn't stand any of the characters! But I thought the concept was brilliant! The world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders is amazing. So this storyline with that backdrop in London was perfect. Loved all the characters and the recording was perfect too. I just wish the Mortal Instruments had been this good.
This was a much better series with better characters. If you liked the mortal instruments, you'll love the infernal devices!
Yes I love her stories
I would be listening and it would skip ahead a couple minutes or even a chapter. I would go back and it would do it again in the same spot. I was loosening to this on a long drive but had to stop and just read the book when i got home. :( good book otherwise.
The Clockwork series reflects a different writing style than does the City of Bones books. A better sense of scene and character connection. Most of all the voice of the lone reader, Daniel Sharman, is wonderful. His ability to pick up the regional accents and roll off the Welsh is beauty to my ears! Please use his voice for any remakes of the Clockwork series and I would re buy them!
It has a lovely ending.
As above, and his use of timing in pauses and tone bring an enjoyable dimension. In other Clockwork readings, and more distinct in the City of Bones (read by Molly Quinn), the reader's lack of tone and flat delivery is an easy reason to turn off the book, or force your way to the end but not to re-listen again. I've listened to Daniel Sharman's reading 4 times and enjoy it each time.
The ending always makes me cry.
The best reading of all the City of Bones or Mortal Instruments readings.
Divorce attorney needing a break from reality!
Stunning, Emotional, Genius
I cannot have a favorite. The writing is so complex. I loved and hated them all at different moments, with love winning the day.
His timing is impeccable.
I would have, and did, waste hours listening to this book. I put off important tasks and ignored my own needs to finish this book.
How do you compliment genius? This book stole my breath, made me weep, made me laugh, and is still touching my soul. Thank you Cassandra Clare...for the whole series. Listen and be moved.
Say something about yourself!
Daniel Sharman is a great narrator! I could listen to his voice all day long.
One of a kind? I am addicted to the series.
He's Amaizing he made the experience more enjoyable.
Yes I did I wish it was longer.
Cant wait for the next one.
I was getting worried how she was going to the end the book. I loved her with both guys. Very creative. I always love a happy ending, where everyone wins.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
Clockwork Princess is the third and final book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy, following on from Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince. My view of the series was merely consolidated rather than changed by my reading of the finale – Cassandra Clare is excellent and writing characters and worldbuilding, not so great at pacing.
What I liked
The characters. I adore Tess, Will and Jem and I felt the way their story was developed in this final volume was very well written and very touching. I really felt for all the protagonists in the book. We also get to see the development of Will’s relationship with Jem from their initial meeting through flashbacks. I know some people disliked the epilogue, but personally I loved hearing about what happened to the characters after the ending of the story. I also loved all the secondary characters – Charlotte, Henry, Cecily, the Lightwoods. Writing characters and their interactions is clearly Clare’s real strong point. I enjoyed the fact that certain characters were not necessarily evil, believed they were doing the right thing, but were still major hurdles for our protagonists.
The narration. Yet again the trilogy switched narrator. All four narrators did a wonderful job, but I do much prefer it when the narrator is consistent across a series. Daniel Sharman took the reins for this final book and did an excellent job. One thing that did bug me, however; Will suddenly develops a Welsh accent! Admittedly, there is ample justification in the story given what we learn about Will’s background. I would have preferred it to have remained consistent with the neutral British accent he is given in the previous two books. It’s hard enough adjusting to a new narrator without a main character’s accent changing. It’s also interesting when the narration gives away a plot point. At one point, a character enters a place and says a few words. His identity is not revealed at that point in the book, but due to Sharman’s excellent voice work he was immediately identifiable to the listener.
The letters. The plot was developed through the use of letters. I thought this was a particularly efficient way of moving the plot forward without having to develop more secondary characters.
The action scenes. There are definitely a lot more action in this book before and during the confrontation with Mortmain. The London Institute Shadowhunters’ attacking Cadair Idris reminded me of Aragorn’s attacking the Black Gate in Return of the King or Lan’s defending the pass in Memory of Light. I would have LOVED to have seen Henry’s face when that first automaton came to life “oh… crap!”
What I didn’t like
There was nothing I specifically disliked about the book. It did enjoy it and was touched by Will, Tessa and Jem’s story. However, for me it didn’t quite pack the emotional punch of A Memory of Light or Emperor of Thorns. I suspect that was because I had been spoiled so certain fakeouts lost their impact when I knew they were going to be reversed later on.
All in all, I gave Clockwork Angel four stars out of five.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
Loved the series, loved the writer, enjoyed the narritor. All characher voices represented well.This wraps up the 3 book trilogy very well. Also sheds some light onto The Mortal Instruments Magnus Bane.
Will, Jim and Tessa are such strong characters. Charolette, Henry are perfect together. I was not sure I would like this kind of book, but Cassandra Clare has won me over. The narrator, Daniel Sharman does a terrific job bringing the characters to life. I could not hardly put these books down.