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Clockwork Princess by Anna, Teen Blogger


Review of Infernal Devices Series - SPOILER ALERT!

Clockwork Princess is the third book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series. The series is set in late 1800’s England. In the first book, Clockwork Angel, Tessa Gray moves to England from America in search of her brother. In this search she discovers the world of demons, warlocks, and Shadowhunters. She learns that she possesses a power that had previously been unknown to her, that of shape-shifting. This newfound power causes her to be of interest to many people of different backgrounds and interests. She eventually ends up staying with the Shadowhunters at the London Institute where she becomes very close with Jem Carstairs, who is slowly dying due to the unfortunate events of his past, and Will Herondale, who is also haunted by his past, though in an entirely different way.

The main antagonist of the series is a man called Mortmain, who controls an army of automatons. The automatons are very difficult to kill, as they aren’t quite alive to begin with. They cause the series to be somewhat steampunk in nature, and steampunk very rarely disappoints. 

The love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem, which is only hinted at in the first book, is made obvious in the second book and is resolved in an extremely unique and surprising way in Clockwork Princess. Love triangles always make me cringe a bit, but this one was handled in a way that I thought was marvelous and I didn’t mind the love triangle much at all in this case.

Tessa is a strong female protagonist, which is made even more interesting by the setting of the book. The setting of the late 1800’s causes various societal expectations to influence Tessa’s thinking, causing other smaller forms of conflict in the series that are not encountered in books with more modern settings. 

Clockwork Princess, far more than the first two books in the Infernal Devices series, had connections to Cassandra Clare’s other very successful series, The Mortal Instruments. The connections were nice to happen upon for someone who had read the other series but were not instrumental to the plot in a way that required knowledge of both series. 

I enjoyed the resolution of Clockwork Princess, and I feel like it was a good resolution to the series as a whole. There has been no word of a fourth book in the Infernal Devices series, which I think is best. The book ended in a way that would cause any more books to drag the series out too long. I highly recommend Clockwork Princess, and the entire series, to anyone looking for a good historical fantasy series. 

Anna,

Teen Blogger

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