Books: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Year: 2010, 2011, 2013
Pages: 243, 498, 567
I decided to read all three books before I wrote a review of this series, mainly because I didn’t want to stop reading and just wanted to carry on and get to the end. That’s how much I enjoyed these books, I just couldn’t stop reading and wanted to soak up all the time I could get with Tessa, Will and Jem.
I’d forgotten how much I love Cassandra Clare’s writing until I was fully immersed into it again. Her ability to create worlds and make you feel like you’re right there with the characters, is an incredible skill – but that’s why she’s got such a dedicated fan following, and so many books out! I love her attention to detail and her descriptions of places, and the way everything is connected. I like her writing style being in the third person, but with a focus on different chapters on different characters. I also liked the style of having the chapters start with a quote of poetry, which felt pertinent to the characters in the book as well.
Cassandra also has a wonderful way of introducing us to characters – I fell immediately in love with Jem and Will, and was heartbroken for numerous reasons in Clockwork Princess because of those two. I preferred Tessa to Clary, but maybe that’s because I prefer the Infernal Devices to the Mortal Instruments. Although I did love the references and hidden moments – such as the star shaped mark on Will, which is a birthmark on Jace. Another thing that blows me away about her writing, is the ability to entwine so many different storylines and books – which is why I especially loved having Magnus throughout the series, who is definitely one of my favourite characters that she has created. Tessa is up there too, for being a young girl who was obsessed with books and reading, and had a strong, selfless nature to her.
The plot throughout the three books wasn’t particularly strong for me, or a highlight, but it was interesting to have a villain that was unlike anything they’d been prepared for – and was someone they initially overlooked. The focus of the three books felt to be on the characters instead, and the arcs they went through and the feelings that they all had for each other. I thought that the love triangle was written really well, and in the end it made sense – that she had found two great loves, but they were intended for different time frames. I think personally, my heart always tended to tilt a little towards Jem. It was one of the best triangles I had read, because they all had love and respect for each other.
The ending completely surprised me, I had no idea what was coming. I loved Tessa saving the day at the end, by embracing who she was and what makes her different to the others. And even the plot twist with Jem, I had not anticipated that happening. It meant that when I finished the series, I was left with a range of emotions and even now, think it was one of the best trilogies that I have read because I loved the way it came full circle.
Other parts that are notable: Henry and Charlotte’s relationship – especially the moment where they properly confess their feelings for each other, Cecily arriving at the institute and her ability to wind Will up, Cecily and Gabriel, Sophie and Gideon, Sophie’s ascension, Charlotte becoming the Consul – an amazing moment. I wish we had seen some more of the side characters, some more moments between the lightwood brothers and their love interests, and even some moments between Will and Gabriel after they’d stopped hating each other.
I think I could always find things to write about with this trilogy, I just wish it hadn’t taken me so long to read it! It is one of my favourite ones I’ve read, and I hope I’ll reread them one day and fall back into the magic of it.