Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Summary (goodreads): Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

Review: Oh my God, I had been waiting for this book for over a year now. I can’t believe I actually read it and that this journey is over now. I finished it last night and know I just have to tell you what I think about it.

I love the characters, almost all of them and especially the ones that live in the London Institute. They are all deep, they all develop during the whole story and they are just so likeable! There is not a single relationship that I disapprove of, even though they are all so totally different. The Lightwood brothers and the Herondale siblings, Henry and Charlotte, Sophie and Gideon, Gabriel and the Herondales and of course above all else, Tessa, Jem and Will. I have NEVER read a book that had a better love triangle, one where I was so torn between the two men. In all other stories, I had a favourite that I supported all the way, but with the Clockwork story, I just couldn’t decide. I cried and laughed and suffered with the three of them, I felt their joy and agony. There was no ending I could imagine that would satisfy me, but amazingly the actual ending did!

The fight against Mortmain is also a main part of the book, even though it wasn’t the only fighting front. I liked that very much, the fact that the Institute inhabitants had to fight against the Magister, against Jem’s illness and also against the threat of losing the Institute because of the Consul. There is not that much action going on outside the Institute, most of the story is actually inside that building (apart from the last battle, of course), but that didn’t bother me.

I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style – after reading Cast in Secret, it was a welcome change. Everything is described in detail but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. You can follow the story and you sympathize with the characters. The only thing I was slightly confused about was that Ms Clare writes in American English. While that is totally fine for the other Shadowhunter books set in New York, I found it inappropriate for a book set in Victorian London. Especially when writing letters from a British to another British, it would be better to keep their style. I really stumbled over color, neighbor and favorite. Maybe it is because I am living in London myself that I am more sensitive to those differences.

So in conclusion, after waiting a year to get that story into my hands, I am very very happy. This was finally one of those books I wanted to read more than being on my laptop, which is saying a lot. I finished it in a couple of days after getting it and each night I had to force myself to stop reading. When I finished last night I was crying for about the last 90 pages or so, both of sadness and happiness. This is definitely one of my favourite series and I will surely revisit it in the future.

This book gets a deserving 5 out of 5!



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