Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 570
Release Date: March 13, 2013

Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out my review of Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince!

Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.


A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray.

Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.

As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

And thus concludes my reread. My body is ready for Chain of Gold.

I’m keeping this review short and vague since almost everyone in the book community has read this trilogy.

Clockwork Princess is the third and final novel in The Infernal Devices trilogy. It is the perfect conclusion to this trilogy. Though, a large part of the novel is dedicated to Tessa, Will, and Jem, at no point does it feel like the plot suffers from the diminished screen time.

The best part of this trilogy is the love triangle between Tessa, Will, and Jem. Both Will and Jem speak to different aspects of Tessa’s personality. It’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking watching as these characters meet their fates head on. There can only be suffering and heartbreak for them, but Clare is able to weave together a beautiful end for these characters. Despite having read this before and knowing the ending, that epilogue still had me tearing up. A beautiful end for these deserving characters.

Overall, The Infernal Devices trilogy is a beautiful love triangle story that succeeds in avoiding tropes to give readers characters they can’t help but love wholeheartedly.

Have you read Clockwork Princess? What did you think?

5 thoughts on “Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) – Cassandra Clare

  1. I stopped reading this series before I got to this book, why I’ll never know because I loved it, but thanks for reminding me about these older books. Love seeing 5 stars!

  2. Raises hand as the only person in the book community who has not read Cassandra Clare or these books. I think I’m just too old for YA these days. I wish it had been a bigger thing when I was younger though I don’t know how much difference it would have made. Great review Nadine!

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