Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review | Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

“They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes that
the source of the grief is finite.” – Will Herondale
*WARNING: This book has been known to cause internal bleeding of both love and sorrow, joy and torment; none of which are finite*

     Cassandra Clare is a genius. While this may be an incredibly biased statement, I entice you to follow my bread crumb trail into the Shadowhunter world, where, I assure you, you will happily burn in the oven of Cassandra Clare’s bewitching literary paradigm.

The mark of a truly good book is your inability to put it out of your mind once you’ve closed the pages. Since 2008, I have lived among the characters of Cassandra Clare’s novels. I have laughed with them, cried with them, soared to uncharted heights in their elations and endured unspeakable sorrows that shattered heart and soul. When you chart the passage of the year by book release dates, you know that you are a part of something fantastical.

It began with The Mortal Instruments trilogy, where the world of Shadowhunters unfolded and ensnared us. Cassandra Clare would eventually extend the series by three more books. But this tale of a secret world of creatures both beautiful and fearsome could not be contained to the present. Clare’s universe pulled us back in time over 100 years for a new aspect of an exquisite literary tapestry: the prequel trilogy, The Infernal Devices.

     In Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess, we are permeated by the lives of Will Herondale, James (Jem) Carstairs, and Tessa Gray. The beautiful complexity of this entire series is in its ability to take you back and forth in time, between ancestor and descendant, as you discover, and rediscover, the seamless perfection in which the whole storyline comes together in installments of intricate puzzle pieces, creating a picture of literary wonder.

18335634Book summary taken from Goodreads:
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
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.

     Clockwork Princess is the final installment of The Infernal Devices trilogy. It is the culmination of Cassandra Clare’s masterful strokes in storytelling. Each happiness share duality with sorrow, love with heartache, life with death; making an exquisite journey in division. Never before has a love triangle so evenly divided a heart, as the story of Will, Tessa, and Jem. To so mercilessly pull her readers in two directions, dangling them precariously over the knife of decision, knowing that the slightest choice will sever something vital, is Cassandra Clare’s bittersweet genius.

     While our two heroes and heroine are at the heart of this literary universe, Clare has expertly layered a galaxy of secondary characters and plot twists that are just as dazzling as the sun they orbit.

     A tale of love, death, addiction, magic, honor, duty, and betrayal that exists within the lives of Shadowhunters, angels, demons, warlocks, werewolves, and automatons is one journey that you will be sorry to see end. So venture forth into the dark forest of Clockwork Princess, where you can find the best of yourself in characters that conduct a soul affirming symphony of life in both darkness and light.

*City of Bones, the first installment in The Mortal Instruments, comes to theaters August 23, 2013*
5 of 5 stars!
Happy reading! 
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