“Clockwork Princess” Cassandra Clare

Rated 5 stars ***** 2013. The Infernal Devices, book #3. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

ClockworkPrincessIt is with mixed feelings I write about the last book in “The Infernal Devices” series. I deliberately set out to reread the series after rereading “The Mortal Instruments.” In the latter I was severely disappointed, but with the former hope has sprung anew that Clare can write a great series without dragging it on ad nauseam as she did with “The Mortal Instruments.” Without spoiling the plot revealed in “Clockwork Princess,” I would like to advise readers to have a box of tissues ready while reading, as they’ll be needed. Now, on with my review.

Tessa is preparing to marry Jem, leaving Will’s heart broken into a million pieces, while Mortmain continues his bloodthirsty path of vengeance against all Shadowhunters.

The Consul is not happy with Charlotte, and has enlisted the help of spies to rid her as Head of the London Institute. Despite the clues she finds pointing to Mortmain’s whereabouts, he refuses to send her aid leaving them all at Mortmain’s mercy.

Meanwhile Mortmain has bought up the entire supply of yin fen needed to keep Jem alive, leaving him to die, and kidnapping Tessa. She holds the key to his plans, and he will stop at nothing to get it from her.

As Jem lies dying his final wish is for Will to find Tessa, so Will rushes off to Wales to rescue her. Despite knowing all this, the Consul will not be moved leaving Charlotte to make a decision that may cause all the Shadowhunters left in her care to die.

Clare leads her readers on another wild adventure through the streets of London and Wales as the Shadowhunters seek Mortmain and his army of evil automatons. Betrayal, tears, loss, sadness and death along with laughter, love and happiness are all bound into the pages of this final book of the series as it reaches its satisfying conclusion.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.


“Clockwork Prince” Cassandra Clare

Rated 4 stars **** 2011. The Infernal Devices, book #2. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

ClockworkPrinceThe Clave is not happy with Charlotte. With a challenge lodged against her leadership, she has two weeks to find Mortmain or will lose the Institute.

Thus begins a desperate search for the man who wants all Shadowhunters dead and Tessa for his bride. As clues about his whereabouts begin to appear, Charlotte, Jem, Tessa and Will encounter roadblock after roadblock. Unbeknownst to them a spy has revealed their plans, the Magister has been alerted to their search, and they have reached a dead end with time running out.

While trying to figure out what the Magister wants, and whether or not she’s a warlock, Tessa struggles with her feelings for Jem and Will. Her heart and soul belong to Will but he has turned her away repeatedly and made her feel as if he didn’t care for her. As Jem’s gentleness draws her closer, she begins to feel a different type of love for him.

Meanwhile Will is secretly working with Magnus trying to find the demon who cursed him, hoping for a reprieve so he can reveal his love for Tessa, Jessamine and Jem are hiding some of their own secrets, while Nate makes a surprise appearance.

Betrayal, love, confusion and lots of unexpected surprises reign supreme in “Clockwork Prince” as the clock ticks down to a thrilling conclusion which will leave readers rushing to get book #3 “Clockwork Princess” for the answers.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.

I found my original review from December 27, 2011 so decided to add it here:

The Team Jem versus Team Will saga continues as Tessa struggles to figure out who to love. Amidst their three way triangles of love, adventures abound as the Council brings pressure on Charlotte to find Mortmain – who is determined to rid the world of Shadowhunters through his vast Clockwork Army. Treachery, jealousy, betrayal, hope, and more are just some of the emotions evoked as our favorite Shadowhunters set out to save themselves from one who is determined to destroy them.

“Clockwork Angel” Cassandra Clare

Rated 4 stars **** 2010. The Infernal Devices, book #1. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

ClockworkAngelOrphaned Tessa, all alone in New York in 1878 when her aunt died, jumped at the chance to join her brother Nate in London. After arriving she was taken in by the Dark Sisters, and imprisoned in their home. With no place to go, and Nate’s whereabouts unknown, Tessa was at their mercy. Forced into exploring her “gift,” Tessa learned that when it was perfected she would be given in marriage to the Dark Sisters boss, the Magister.

Meanwhile, Shadowhunters Will Herondale and James Carstairs began an investigation into a series of mundane murders, which led Will to discover Tessa in her prison. Sent to live at the London Institute, Tessa, Will and Jem are soon involved in the mysterious Pandemonium Club in their quest to find the Magister. With an army of clockwork automatons out to kill all Shadowhunters and kidnap Tessa, the Shadowhunters have their work cut out for them.

I read this series several years ago, and decided to give it another whirl. It was as enjoyable as the first time, and will also be enjoyed by old and new fans of Clare.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.

“The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore” Kate Maddison

TheIncredibleCharlotteSycamoreAfter sneaking out of Queen Victoria’s palace to meet her best friends Peter and Jillian for some fencing practice, they and Charlotte were attacked by rabid mechanical dogs. Rabid dogs had been attacking others throughout London, and they were its latest victims.

With Peter and Jillian under medical confinement, Charlotte enlisted the help of her friend Benjamin to help find clues about the dogs. With rabies coursing through her own system, she only has a short time to find out who created the dogs, why they would do such a thing, and search for an antidote.

Despite herself, Charlotte finds herself dreaming romantic thoughts about both Benjamin and Peter, knowing they are in a lower class of palace workers and that she is engaged to be married to someone she’d never met. In the midst of trying to solve this mystery, she manages to find time to become the Robin Hood of medicine for the city’s poor.

Maddison does a somewhat credible job in her first novel but, by putting Charlotte in a higher social position than Peter, Jillian and Benjamin in 1854 London, she creates a huge gap between them and nullifies much of Charlotte’s feelings. I was not pleased with her open ending, so will leave it up to you to decide if you want to Read it or Not.

“Liberator” Richard Harland

Worldshaker, book #2. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 487 pp.

LiberatorCol and Riff have survived the takeover of the steamship Worldshaker, and have renamed it Liberator. Col is expecting things will run smoother between them now that they’re all on the same side, but it doesn’t take long for things to go wrong. A hidden saboteur is on board who may be a Swank, so the innate distrust of Swanks by all the Filthies leads to more suspicion and violence. A group of Filthies are formed to beat, terrorize, and imprison them without cause and annihilate them from the population. Soon Col finds himself on the opposite side of their trust, and he is left behind while Riff’s leadership continues to grow.

In the meantime, word gets out that the Filthies have taken over the ship, so all the other major nations are on the way to battle them into submission. With the divisions between the Swanks and Filthies growing every day on board Liberator, it seems they will fall from within before the battle even takes place. Col will have to convince Riff and the other Filthies to trust him, while trusting that Liberator can survive a battle for which they are completely unprepared.

“Liberator” has much more action and adventure than “Worldshaker,” and will keep fans aged twelve to sixteen reading and quickly turning pages.

“Worldshaker” Richard Harland

Worldshaker, book #1. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 388 pp.

WorldshakerCol Porpentine is the heir apparent for Worldshaker, a massive steamship ruled over by his grandfather and figureheads Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Built 150 years ago in 1845, Worldshaker is a massive ship, powered by steam engines run by the lowest of the low – the Filthies. Col is part of the rich Upper Deck passengers who allow their Menial servants to do everything for them, and who believe Filthies are meant to be used and discarded like trash.

When Riff, a young Filthy close to his age escapes from the hold, Col befriends her and it doesn’t take long  in her company to realize everything he’s ever learned about the Filthies is wrong. Riff is determined to lead a Revolution to release her fellow Filthies from their life of servitude, and urges Col to work with her. Torn between tradition and his future with Worldshaker, Riff causes him to think about life, fairness and loyalty in ways he’d never had to before he met her.

Steampunk fans twelve to sixteen will enjoy this addition to the genre, and will look forward to its sequel “Liberator.”

“Clockwork Princess” Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices # 3. Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster). 2013. 570 pp.

Clockwork PrincessJem, Will and Tessa face more adventures in this final book of the popular Infernal Devices series. Mortmain has gone into hiding, but is determined to loose his Clockwork army onto the Nephiliim world. The only missing piece of his maniacal plan is Tessa, and he will not rest until she is in his possession.

Tessa, still tortured by her secret love for Will, is determined to marry Jem. Will is brokenhearted, but loves Jem enough to hide his true feelings from both Tessa and Jem. However, when Jem falls deathly ill and Tessa is captured by Mortmain, it falls upon Will to try to rescue her. Unfortunately, the Consul refuses to listen to Charlotte’s pleas to send Shadowhunters to help rescue Tessa from Mortmain. It seems that Tessa will be lost forever, but Tessa has plans of her own that do not include being Mortamin’s bride.

“Clockwork Princess” is full of excitement, betrayal, love, adventure, action, romance and more. Clare does a wonderful job tying up loose ends and allowing all the characters to reach true fulfillment. Readers who have fallen into the Tessa/Jem versus Tessa/Will bandwagon will have their hands full guessing who Tessa will wind up with after all. I confess that I am a Tessa/Will fan, and look forward to seeing the series made into a movie. Readers aged 14 and older will agree.