Mind-blowing crescendo to a beautiful series,
This review is from: The Infernal Devices 3: Clockwork Princess (Paperback)
At first I was slightly disappointed with the pace of the plot as the only real action began within the last few chapters of the book. However, it was nice to revisit the scenery of Victorian London and especially as Cassandra maintains the humour between Tessa, Will and Jem as in the previous books in the series. The reader also engages more with other characters compared to the previous books as we take an insight into Sophie's character and discover her genuine personality and ambitions rather than just discard her as the maid of the institute. Gabriel Lightwood is also intriguing as he becomes loyal to Charlotte and ironically falls in love with Cecily Herondale, who is so similar to her brother, the reader is left chuckling to themselves as her personality mirror Will's faultlessly.
The love triangle between Jem, Tessa and Will is so controversial as to how Tessa will decide and bear the burden of her other friend. Although, Clare creates a fluctuant relationship as Tessa is married to Jem, yet she can't contain her feelings for Will. As Jem is believed to have died, Tessa and Will's love is rekindled and Will is free to release all his supressed feelings for Tessa, but when they discover that Jem has not died but has chosen the life of a silent brother, all anxiety is re-ignited as Will and Tessa bear the silence of guilt. Eventually, Tessa and Will get married despite Jem as a Silent brother and they grow old together with lovely children. With Will's inevitable death from old age, the epilogue encompasses the whole story together as Tessa meets Jem for the first time as a shadowhunter again and once again their relationship is consolidated. Even though this may cause sympathy towards Will I was reassured as they already had a happy life together. Clare made a wise decision with this ending as Jem seems to be the one who ties them all together and he is the most selfless and moral character amongst the others.Clare also added hints that linked to TMI as Brother Zachariah (Jem) always acted different from the other brothers and the box Jace is given must have been the box that Jem gave to Will which had, had his Yin fen. It also explains why Magnus' sympathises with the shadowhunters and helps them in TMI because he was also loyal and trusting to Will & co.
The other things that I was disappointed with were the couplings of Gideon and Sophie, Gabriel and Cecily as it was too cliché for the storyline. The actual conclusion of the Magister was annoying as his death was too easily executed, given he must be a very powerful villain and the clockwork creatures were practically invincible with no resistence to seraph blades etc.
Anyway,I have really enjoyed this series alongside The Mortal Instruments and would recommend it to any friend.