Monday, July 15, 2013

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
2013, Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: Book 3 of The Infernal Devices

Synopsis: Tessa Gray should be happy - aren't all brides happy?

Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her.

The Good: I loved Charlotte in this book. Her struggle to do the right thing when constantly being doubted just because she lacks male parts. In fact, I sort of loved all of the secondary character's story lines - the Lightwoods and their romances, the return of Jessamine, and of course Magnus - always Magnus. The trilogy ended well, completely, while still leaving room for the "future" Mortal Instruments series to make sense in the Shadowhunter universe.

The Bad: A love triangle situation, such as with Jem, Will and Tessa, can drive a book or series. It was a major focus in this trilogy, so one would have liked to have a clear choice made by Tessa, whether or not it was my preferred choice. In Clockwork Princess, it seems as though Clare skirted the issue by trying to please all of her readers - an impossible task. And one that I would have rather her not have attempted. I think I would have rather have been disappointed by Tessa making a choice that was not my own, rather than have things work out the way they did. It just felt wrong.

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