“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
I finally finished The Infernal Devices trilogy and I am in love with it. I only reviewed the first book in the trilogy, so for reference, I gave Clockwork Prince 5 stars too! I read both books back to back in 4 days, so everything kind of blended together. I’m sorry if I mix up what happens in which book. The entire series got 5 stars and it was added to the list of my favorite books. Clockwork Princess was my favorite one of the series and kept my attention from beginning to end.
The best part of the book was the main characters. Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale are some of the best male characters I have ever read and had a beautiful friendship. Will bottled up his feelings for Tessa because he wanted Jem to be happy even though he knew that Jem would let him have her. He literally threw his hands into a fire for his friend. When Jem found out about Will’s feelings for Tessa, he was glad. It gave him peace that Will and Tessa would have each other after he passed and was grateful that there was someone who would fight for Tessa as much as he would. Any other person would get mad, except for Jem. I will forever compare friendships in books to the two of them. I loved Tessa’s character too. She was so strong, selfless, and loved books just as much as I do (a plus). Even though she was different, she would have done anything for the family she made at the London Institute. All three of them felt so real and had such great chemistry together.
Cassandra Clare wrote the best love triangle I have ever read. I don’t hate love triangles, but from the very beginning, I normally choose a favorite. I don’t think I will ever pick a favorite couple in the Will-Tessa-Jem love triangle. I’m so glad she was able to spend a portion of her life with both of them, even though it hurt to read about Will’s death. If I ever have to read about Jem’s death, I won’t be able to handle it. I love Tessa with both Jem and Will, but as a character, I love Jem more. He is just so sweet and selfless and pure (and loves cats). That doesn’t mean I don’t love Will, especially because of his love for books and his sarcasm.
Not only were the main trio great characters, but so were all of the other characters. Charlotte and Sophie were such powerful characters, Henry is an underrated and entertaining character, and I ended up loving the Lightwood brothers more than I thought I would. I’m so glad Cecily was there for Will and we got so much great Magnus content. The relationships felt so real and I loved all pairings. I can’t wait to see all of their children in Chain of Gold. When I read that Cecily and Gabriel ended up together, I laughed. Even Jessamine had such a great ending. It was so satisfying to see her and Will have one final conversation where Will isn’t trying to keep her at arm’s length because of the curse.
Even though it hurt to read, I loved the ending of the trilogy. I started to cry when Jem became Brother Zachariah and during the scenes when he said goodbye to his parabatai and the love of his life. He may have not been himself, but it was heartwarming to read that he was there for the big moments in Tessa and Will’s life. Will’s death was just as hard to read, but I am so glad that Jem and Tessa had their happy ending as well.
One scene that I loved was when Henry and Charlotte finally learned that they each came first in the other’s life. They never really communicated their feelings to each other and it was so sweet to see that they both truly love each other.
I was invested in the plot and with the fate of Mortmain, the Dark Sisters, and other followers of the Magister. The ending of that storyline was just as satisfying as the ending of the character’s storylines. They all got what they deserved and watching Tessa end it all was such a great moment.
The only thing that The Infernal Devices didn’t have that I loved in The Mortal Instruments, was politics. I loved how much we got to see how their world works and also all the flaws it had. There were a lot of problems with their world and I’m glad we got to see some change. The Infernal Devices never really got into politics, but it didn’t make me love the story any less.
Overall, Clockwork Princess broke my heart but was a perfect ending to an amazing series. Will, Jem, and Tessa stole my heart and I look forward to the day where I reread the trilogy. It is time to move on to the second half of The Mortal Instruments. I’m excited (especially after watching the TV show) to see where the story goes and the appearance of Tessa and Jem in the final installment.