Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Description: 568 pages, Young Adult Fiction
Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.
By The Angel.
This was such an awesomesauce book. For some odd, laughable reason, words like “amazeballs” and “bloody hell” were swirling in my head by the end of the read. Not to mention the fact that I was ruining the last few pages of it by crying incessantly and making a mess of myself. I am an emotional wreck, yeah, but never before has any ending made me so alternately happy and sad that I had to literally grip at my heart and attempt to detach myself even just a little from the overflowing emotions that threatened to throw me into a serious hysteria.
A Love Triangle Of Epic Proportions
That, in my opinion, was definitely the way a love triangle should have been written, especially when the boys were as deserving for Tessa’s love and attention as Jem and Will were. Admittedly, I’ve been all for Team Jem since the beginning of Clockwork Prince, but I wouldn’t have complained should Will have remained in the scenario. The epilogue was beautiful and completed my day in such a way that I could have kissed the pages of the book had it not been unsanitary. However, I loved the chemistry between Will and Tessa. In the end I stick to my declaration that Magnus Bane was nothing short of amazing (Cassandra Clare got the message, and now he has an e-book series of his own. Whee). He made me laugh when everything was falling apart, and he absolutely evolved into becoming my favorite in the entire series. Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for making me laugh and cry so hard at the same time, it must have been ridiculous. I am catastrophically in love with your writing.
Whole Lotta Action (ish)
I agree, though, with a lot of others that the action scenes were sort of a drag, because they were pretty repetitive. Slash-hack-slash-hack gets boring after a while, but it was still way better action than both prequels combined. And while it’s completely logical, the way Tessa handled the situation, I think it could have been better regardless. I know I shouldn’t have hoped for more destruction and slaughter, but overall, the Infernal Devices seemed scarier in words than in reality (at least for the characters), and I just wished it could have been the other way around so that the encounter could have been more satisfying and believable. Mortmain was just a hormonal sissy in this book, not nearly as threatening as he should have been right off the bat. It’s still all good though- if he wasn’t such a coward, he wouldn’t have created a clockwork army to do the dirty work for him in the first place. I used to think Tessa was crazy, almost always deliberately endangering herself- now, putting myself in her shoes, I think her actions were perfectly reasonable, and it’s great how she didn’t annoy me by attempting at martyrdom and trying to sacrifice herself every time the opportunity presented itself. I’m glad that this time, she let others fight for, and in behalf of her. She acknowledged her weaknesses, yet remained confident in her strengths. My main beef didn’t really bother me enough to make me forget I loved every other aspect. Consider my expectations exceeded.
Residents At The London Institute
The epilogue, though completely unexpected, came to be my favorite part of the book. It’s not thoroughly wish fulfilling, but it made me feel so much more like I was a part of Tessa’s Shadowhunter family. I think one of the things I liked best about this book was that it allowed me to see into the thoughts of the characters outside of the love triangle- the Lightwood brothers, Charlotte and Cecily, for example. The other love interests also helped cheer me up, as this book, in my opinion was darker in content than the previous two (I don’t happen to appreciate having to pull frowny faces all the time). I loved the development of the main characters as well. I think that Tessa, at seventeen/sixteen was a very strong person, and I admire how she was able to handle the fragile hearts of Will and Jem alike. I didn’t think it was (even remotely) humanly possible for her not to break either, even if she didn’t mean to, but the way she made up for that by comforting them, keeping them company, and taking initiative to reach out, told me that she loved them both sincerely. Will though, seemed horribly love struck, and while I still don’t get how he got to that point of infatuation in such a short span of time, I know I shouldn’t complain because love does that to you. Love does that to me, for crying out loud. Besides, I’m impressed by his self restraint and thoughtfulness. The same goes for the great sin, Jem.
It’s a rare thing that I go on to truly, genuinely loving and admiring people who don’t even exist, but I guess that’s what makes this series spectacular. I can’t wait to start with City of Bones (I know, I know, I live under a rock, and what am I thinking, reading in a chronologically correct order, TID before TMI), but honestly, I regret not discovering Cassandra Clare earlier. Though frankly, her writing is not for everyone, I hope to immerse myself even more in the world of Shadowhunters in the days (years!) to come. This was a great read.