When her Aunt dies Tessa travels from New York to London to live with her brother- her only living relative. Upon her arrival she is kidnapped by the evil Dark Sisters who make her their prisoner and force her to use a strange ability that she never knew she possessed. Tessa is ultimately rescued and goes to live with a group of people known as Shadowhunters. Shadowhunters are an elite race of humans who have angel blood, which gives them superhuman strength and speed. She is immediately taken in by Charlotte, the motherly head of the institute and befriends the other orphaned teenagers who live there including Will, a wild and handsome boy, and Jem, a kindhearted boy with a talent for the violin. Since Tessa’s rescue, she has been helping the Shadowhunters find the evil Magister, who wants Tessa and her powers for himself. The Magister is building a dangerous clockwork army. Will Tessa and the Shadowhunters stop him before his infernal devices destroy the world?
Clockwork Princess is the third and final installment of the Infernal Devices trilogy that began with Clockwork Angel. It takes place in Victorian London, which is one of my favorite historical periods, so I was naturally inclined to love this series. In fact, in many ways I liked it better than its companion series, The Mortal Instruments, also by Cassandra Clare. It has a lot of romance, so it is great for readers who enjoy love stories. In the tradition of many supernatural teen romances, there is a love triangle, but this one was unique because the outcome was almost impossible to predict. The main characters were for the most part well-written, and I felt like I knew them. I found a few, like Jessamine and Nate, to be a bit cartoonish, but it didn’t interfere with the story or detract from the other characters.
The biggest problem I had with this series was an obvious neglect of editing which was especially noticeable in Clockwork Princess. Events were alluded to late in the book that never actually occurred, leading me to believe that the original draft had been changed, but some details were overlooked. This was disappointing, and I hope later editions are edited better. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book, and recommend it to Young Adults (and adults) who enjoy action and romance. Overall, Clockwork Princess was a satisfying conclusion to a fun trilogy.
The Infernal Devices is a companion series to the Mortal Instruments series. It is a prequel, and many of the characters in the Infernal Devices are the ancestors of the characters in Mortal Instruments. (When you are finished, check out the family tree on Cassandra Clare’s website, but be careful because it contains spoilers!) The Infernal Devices series can be read on its own, so you can fully enjoy it without ever reading the Mortal Instruments series; although to understand Clockwork Princess you should read the first two Infernal Devices first. Because of thematic parallels in the books, you may wish to read them in the following order:
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)
City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3)
Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices #1)
City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)
Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2)
City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5)
Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3)
City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6- to be released in 2014)