Reviews for Clockwork Princess


Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
Oh, the angst in the final book in Clare's Victorian-era steampunk trilogy, Infernal Devices! With the cunning and dangerous Mortmain still on the loose and threatening Shadowhunters everywhere, as well as unresolved feelings still in her heart, bride-to-be Tessa finds it increasingly challenging to get excited about her upcoming nuptials. Still, life must go on, and on and on it goes for Tessa's resilient people. As Tessa finally learns what she is and what that means to both Mortmain and the world, the choices she must make will affect Shadowhunters and Downworlders forever. While there are a few surprising twists, this series conclusion seems devoted to resolving all of the loose threads and mysteries from the earlier books. Fans will feel great satisfaction in learning the answers to all of the questions from the previous volumes, but they'll likely feel sadness, too, as the exhilarating saga comes to a close. A must-read for Clare's fans, this is also highly recommended for followers of Gail Carriger's Finishing School books and Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
Will and Tessa seek to cure Jem, who may die before he and Tessa can be wed. But the clock is running out for all the Shadowhunters, as the Magister prepares to release his army of infernal devices. In a finale as sodden with passion as with gore (and melodrama), Clare resolves the love triangle with a solution that will likely (if improbably) make everyone happy.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 April #2
Politics, clockworks and epic angst complete this slow but satisfying finale to The Infernal Devices trilogy. Tessa is in love with both her fiance, Jem, and his parabatai--shield brother--Will. As this Victorian trilogy draws to a close, there's politics and plotting aplenty, but the trio, each member of which adores the other two wholeheartedly, is preoccupied with its own schmaltzy romance. (Will's Byronic, self-loathing man-pain is palpable enough to practically be a character in its own right.) Despite the florid drama of their triangle, they successfully fight both internal Shadowhunter politics and the moustache-twirling villain Mortmain. Chapter epigraphs from Poe, Milton, Saint Augustine and more introduce grandiloquent prose peppered with Latin, Welsh and Mandarin, sometimes untranslated, but there's plenty of substance mixed in with the bombast. The trio's voices often make way for those of the found family comprising the Shadowhunters of the London Institute: the shamed and love-struck Lightwood brothers, Will's determined sister Cecily, maternal Charlotte, warlike former victim Sophie. This loving if dysfunctional collective comes together for Clare's trademark climactic battle, cinematic as always. Clare loyalists will be pleased by connections to the contemporary Mortal Instruments series. The unusual, satisfyingly indulgent conclusion will leave fans emotionally satiated. (Steampunk. 13-17) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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