- Paperback: 1760 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Boxed Set edition (Sept. 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481456601
- ISBN-13: 978-1481456609
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 11.9 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Infernal Devices, the Complete Collection: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess Paperback – Sep 1 2015
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Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show Shadowhunters. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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Maybe one reason why The Infernal Devices feels more intense to me than The Mortal Instruments does, is that the former was set in the 19th century, where things the people do and say feel more quaint and foreign in quite a charming way; The Mortal Instruments was set in our modern times, so it felt more familiar, safe, and lighthearted. So you could say The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices had different styles and tones.
What blew my mind most about The Infernal Devices was the romance; Tessa, Will, and Jem are put in such a unique and strange situation...This is really not your average romance! Though I like Will, I have to say I still enjoy Jem and Tessa's relationship more, partly because Jem is my favorite character. Not only does Jem have an amazing personality, especially given his circumstances, he also goes through so many extraordinary experiences! And as saintly as Jem may seem, if you look closely, he is flawed, in a good way, and he is a complex, richly layered character who goes through some very interesting changes. I can really see why Jem might be one of the most popular characters in the whole Shadowhunter saga.
Magnus Bane also seems to be one of the most beloved characters in the Shadowhunter stories, and I can see why too. He has a very likable personality, you heart feels for him, and he's pretty interesting and complex as well.
As usual, I love how Cassandra's books are full of both a thrilling, intriguing plot, and much character relationship and personality development. This is very good because a lot of other books excel on the one but not on the other. As well as that, I like how the characters deliver some nice moral messages, through both their words and actions; their words don't feel like sermons, however, as these were things the characters would naturally say given their personal beliefs, experiences, and the current situation. These moral and philosophical messages make the books feel even more meaningful and deep.
Admittedly I wasn't a huge fan of "Clockwork Angel" (my biggest complaint was that I felt like the characters in it were essentially cookie-cutters of those in her "The Mortal Instruments" series), however, "Clockwork Prince" CONVINCED ME (and reaffirmed why I consider Cassie to be my most favourite author of all time). As such, this book was one of my most highly anticipated of 2013.
First, onto the good stuff. Gideon. While I really liked him in "Clockwork Prince" my feelings for him were amplified tenfold in this novel. In fact, I think that my love for him in this nothing might even rival that of my love for Will and Jem. Additionally, my most favourite scene in this novel/ the scene where I felt THE FEELS featured him (after reading the scene in question, I literally couldn't stop giggling for half an hour so, a large smile on my face the entire time and a bubbly feeling in my chest). Furthermore, he is perhaps the most "good" character in the entire series- always putting others before himself, not being concerned with proprietary, channeling Mr. Darcy at times, and so forth.
Another amazing aspect of this novel was Cecily. Thought that Izzy was the most kick-butt chick in the Shadowhunter world? WRONG! Her great (x 5) grandmother was! Everything that Cecily did was just so, so effortless. Shadowhunting legitimately runs through that girl's blood and I have no doubts she can give the boys of TID (if not also the boys of TMI) a run for their money!
Onto the not so nice stuff. I literally loved every second of this book... Until the epilogue (more so the second half of the epilogue than the first). In my opinion, the epilogue was wholly unnecessary. I think that Cassie could have beautifully wrapped up the series with the final chapter. Why am I not a fan of the epilogue? Because (and thanks to Ardo for putting to words what I so struggled to articulate) Cassie gave the readers exactly what they wanted. And that is the problem (EVERYONE WINS! EVERYONE LIVES HAPPILY EVER AFTER! SPARKLES!). It feels, to me, like a cop-out and it does not fit into my understanding whatsoever of what this series stands for- for every positive there should be a negative and I find that the book is far too imbalanced towards the former.
On that note, there is a MASSIVE reveal in the epilogue and that that is overshadowed by the romance aspect of it. While everyone was FREAKING out about said romance I couldn't help but FREAK OUT about that aspect, namely, how in the world did that come to be? Apparently we will learn how it went down in "City of Heavenly Fire". This irks me to no end because, again, Cassie has always told us that, while the two series are set in the same world, you do not have to read one series in order to understand the other. I do enjoy having cross-over between the two series- it's like a gigantic Easter egg hunt (Tessa's necklace, Izzy's necklace, Church, etc.), however, all of those elements are fairly superficial- THIS is NOT by any stretch of the imagination.
Another problem that I had with this book was the predictability. Whatever you think is going to happen in this book most likely will OR what you think will happen will actually be far, far crazier than what actually does (what actually happens has nothing on all of the theories that I had come up with). There was truly only one time that I was truly taken by surprise by what occurred in the novel (gasping out loud)- the aforementioned bit surrounding Gideon.
Finally... Mortmain. Mortmain, Mortmain, Mortmain. This entire trilogy is based around all of his antics, yet I felt that he barely played a role in this book. And the role that he did play? Pathetic. For books he was made out to be the biggest villains that the Shadowhunters have ever encountered before, yet he was defeated in mere pages? You build him up over three books and hundreds of pages for... That? Furthermore, angels. Why does every series have to end with the interception of angels? Why can't the characters take their own fate into their hands, defeating evil on their own?
All in all, it might appear that I didn't like this book, but not so! I truly did love it- but I'm just going to, personally, pretend that the epilogue doesn't exist. That being said, I know that many others will love it and I love the fact that each of us is able to take something different from the series. I think that this exceeds the first book in this series and the latter three of the TMI series by tenfold. I think that this book will require multiple rereads until I am able to truly come to terms with everything that happened. Furthermore, I am beyond excited to see that Cassie does intend to write another Shadowhunter series set between this series and her TMI series.
After finishing last night I feel a little lost. I knew not to rush through it and savour everything. But I just couldn't put it down!
I loved it! Everything pretty much wrapped up nice and cleanly, but I'm OK with that. Honestly for this trilogy I didn't want it any other way. I'll admit to crying when Will and Jem said their version of Good-bye (both times!). Or when Will felt Jem being pulled from him in his death. Guhhh! I just love Will and Jem's relationship. It's beautiful and just something that I think everyone can only hope to have with someone else in their lifetime.
And let me just add, now that's a whole new take on a love triangle. Girl gets both boys in the end.
As pathetic as this might sound, my heart just isn't ready to let that World and Jem, Will and Tessa go just yet. So I've started Clockwork Angel and am going to read the three of them to get a little closure. Lol.
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