Book Review: Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

This book broke me

it’s really not ok


Name: Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 19, 2012)


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.

Book Cover Comments

Can we just talk about how elegant Tessa is placed on the floor, with her skirts spread around her???? It’s exquisite and beautiful.

The Actual Review

This book broke me

I’m still very broken now

It’s the next day and I’m really not recovering, and I’m glad my sleep quality was bad, so that it reminded me of what I felt reading this book for the past three days.

In this book, we are wonderfully introduced to Will’s younger sister, Cecily. She’s honestly super baddass and super brave, and I love her wisdom and wit, very befitting for a Herondale. I really enjoyed Cecily’s company in this book, and her character was definitely delightful. Honorary mentions of baddass: Bridget the cook, because she’s actual OP insanity.

Clockwork Princess was a magnificent and terrific conclusion to a trilogy, and it far exceeded my expectations on how beautiful it was. Definitely one of Clare’s best works. Don’t get me wrong, I love The Mortal Instruments, and City of Heavenly Fire tore a hole through me, but there’s something within the Infernal Devices that amplifies that pain so much more.

There’s so much vulnerability in this series, something much more raw and naked to begin with. Clare had also stated in the new foreword she wrote for the repackaged editions: Will and Jem lost hope a long time ago, but Tessa believed in hope and lit up their world.  And that was kind of how this book was: there were so many instances were hope was completely snuffed out; at moments, some of the characters had thought they had lost everything, but there was always something left:


I want to but I can’t spoil even the title of the chapter, because if you knew, you’d know what was coming, and I did. And when something happened, it tore my heart apart and I immediately internally broke down. Clare really knows how to tug at your heart and take it and smash it to smotherines, because it worked too well on me.

Watching Tessa grow was precious as well: knowing that everyone’s fate is in her hands, and that she will be the one to wield to power: she has it in her because of what she is.

And for the third time, I will mention how big of a bae Magnus Bane honestly is. How much he has done for Will, for Henry, for all of them. I cannot wait to read the Bane Chronicles because Magnus is the true bae of the series.

The ending honestly broke me.
This was what broke me the most.
There was everything that I didn’t hope for, and there was everything that I hoped for. The ending was beyond beautiful and full of light and hope, and seeing all the ties it makes back to City of Heavenly Fire makes me cry even more, because now I want to revisit the Mortal Instruments and remember all those moments of what happened when the characters of TID took a part in TMI.

I also accessed my way to a certain bonus excerpt on Clare’s tumblr, as well as a short comic that takes place after City of Heavenly Fire. And I’m happy to tell you, dear reader, that I broke apart again.

I kept waking up throughout the night and thought about Tessa and Jem and Will, and knew that I never wanted to let go of them. TMI was beautiful, but TID had the beauty of a diamond in the rough, polished and beautiful after battling the heat of lava and the rough terrains of where it landed.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

6 thoughts on “Book Review: Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

  1. This series is much better than Clare’s first series (IMO was very trash), and the ending was quite nice and payed tribute to both sides. Do you recommend reading the series on Magnus Bane?

    1. There’s two: Bane Chronicles in which I’m reading right now and I’ll tell you my thoughts (collection of short stories for Magnus) and an upcoming trilogy called The Eldest Curses. Eldest Curses is sounding magnificent at the moment, so I’m excited for that!

    1. I recently finished Lady Midnight and I Loved it!! Each series brought something different to the table; excited to write up my review soon!

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