Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT PITY.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT REGRET.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES ARE WITHOUT NUMBER.

THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING.

Hidden in the mountains of Wales, rows of tin soldiers, automatons, are waiting. The Magister’s great creation is finally ready, with the unwilling help of Tessa Gray, to slaughter the Shadowhunters. An army is coming, metal on metal with the souls of demons, ready to battle without feelings or emotion. The Infernal Devices have consciousness now, and are set to destroy.

Benedict Lightwood is a worm. I’d forgotten this part. A great, serpent-like thing, his dalliances with demons have take away his humanity and transformed him into a monster. The Lightwood brothers are disturbed, disgusted, and horrified by what’s become of their father and take refuge in the London Institute, under the care of Charlotte Branwell.

Jem Carstairs is dying. He’s been dying, but his addiction has accelerated due to wanting to live – and love. After taking a year’s worth of yin fen in eight week’s time, his life force is quickly draining and there’s no more of the drug to be found. It’s heartbreak for his loved ones.

Tessa Gray is finally in The Magister’s possession. She learns of her true parentage and how she fits into his grand scheme. With only her Clockwork Angel to protect her, she must fight for her life, and everyone else she loves, in this final installment of The Infernal Devices.

One thing that bothers me is Consul Wayland’s hatred of Charlotte being head of the Institute, as well as the new Consul when Wayland steps down. Can a man be so blinded by thinking women are inferior that he’d risk his entire people because someone with ovaries is making sense? Possibly, and it keeps with the time, but I wish that had been further explained instead of being stopped with a blade.

I am glad I decided to reread this series. The non-stop pace, engaging stories, and lovable, albeit heartrending characters made quick reads throughout otherwise gloomy days. I hope one day Cassandra Clare writes more about Tessa and Will as adults. While they are involved in her most current series, The Last Hours, which was a wonderful surprise, I’m definitely craving more of their love story. Clockwork Princess’ ending had me bawling like it was 2013 all over again.

While I want to pick up the other books in this world and reread those as well, I definitely need a break. And just in time for some fall reads, which I’m also excited about. Until next time, nephilim.

Goodreads rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would I reread it again? Yes!

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