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The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

What is it about?

The last book in The Infernal Devices trilogy (you can read my review of Clockwork Angel here, and of Clockwork Prince here), I read this only out of blind obligation; I had to finish what I started. This follows on from the first two books of the series, as we see everything come to a head – Mortmain’s automaton army and his plans for Tessa, Tessa’s self-discovery, Jem’s illness, Charlotte’s enemies inside the Shadowhunting council, Will’s love for his best friend’s fiance, the mysterious powers of the clockwork angel, oh, and the million other love stories rambling on in the background. It is an emotional rollercoaster that travels over the breadth of Britain, from London to Wales to Yorkshire.

Is it any good?

This is, in my opinion, the worst book of the trilogy (which is saying something, as you will know if you have read my reviews of its predecessors). Everything felt like a bit of a blur, and everything became sort of muddled, especially in the painfully poorly written battle scenes. Whilst there were a couple of clever twists, it was mostly a predictable plot riddled with contradictions and cliches. Clary’s writing style, too, leaves a lot to be desired; she uses the same figures of speech over and over. The epilogue, however, is the one redeeming factor – it tugged at my heart and made me smile, knowing that Tessa could be happy after the hellish events of the book, just as I could be after having to read such a hellish piece of literature. But then, maybe I am being to harsh; nothing was ever going to live up to the swooping story arcs in The Mortal Instruments, and I should never have expected this attempt to wring out more money of a an already stretched young-adult series.

Rating: 3/10

How long did it take to read: six days

For fans of: love stories, Twilight, sort-of-happy endings, books that leave it up to you to find the enjoyment in it

This book tastes like: sickly sweet, slightly out of date marzipan


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