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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Updated: Mar 6

Book Three of The Infernal Devices

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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An army of infernal devices waits in the distance, it’s one goal to eradicate the Shadowhunters. Mortmain is still hunting for Tessa, determined to claim her and user her power against the Shadowhunters she holds dear. When she is taken captive, the Clave refuses to respond, caught up in their own politics. It is up to the London Shadowhunters to save Tessa. But can so few stand against an entire army?

I have never read a trilogy before where the protagonist is so thoroughly shoved into the background until the final book. The heart of this trilogy was based around the love triangle of Tessa, Will, and Jem. It was slow and tedious because the same things happened again and again. I suppose those who fancy romance novels would love this series, but I am not one of those people.

I was also surprised to find that a character we’ve known throughout the trilogy did a complete turn around with their beliefs. It was as if another character had the same name. It broke the rules set down by the previous two books just to make a plot device. There was weak reasoning given around it, but after book two I couldn’t believe it.

It took a good half of the book to pick up the pace. When it did start rolling with action, I was glued to it even though deep down I knew the ending to this trilogy. Anyone who has read Mortal Instruments knows how it ends.

Maybe my hopes were too high for this trilogy because I loved Mortal Instruments. I can’t say I enjoyed the Infernal Devices.

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