Teen Review: “Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare

“Clockwork Princess” is the final book in a trilogy of books called “The Infernal Devices” by Cassandra Clare. The “The Infernal Devices” is a prequel series to the “Mortal Instruments,” a popular series being made into movies. The first two books follow the lives of people called shadowhunters, who are humans with a little bit of angel in them. Their mission is to keep the peace and to keep demons, warlocks and other magical beings in check. The books start off with a girl named Tessa Gray being kidnapped by two evil sisters, who force Tessa to discover her power of shape changing. She is eventually rescued by shadowhunters of the London Institute. This begins the drama-packed saga of discovering who/what Tessa is and what evil forces are after her. The book also contains the best romantic triangle I have yet to read. Unlike books in the past where I could discern my favorite suitor, not so much in this one. Tessa has to struggle between Will, a handsome, dark-haired and piercingly blue-eyed boy with an almost impenetrable exterior and a love for books like Tessa, or Jem, a silver-haired boy dying from a drug that he must take to survive, but it is slowly killing him. Jem is unendingly kind and is the only one who can bring out the good in Will. “Clockwork Princess” pulls everything together, ending in an epic battle that decides the fate of the shadowhunters. This series draws you in and keeps you reading until the last word. But be forewarned: the ending rivals that of the “Notebook”.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 16

 "Clockwork Princess" by Cassandra Clare book cover

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