Magic is dangerous – but love is more dangerous still
When sixteen-year old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends and quickly realises that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Warning: This review is a review on the whole series. That’s 3 books. The blurb is of the first book. I’m gonna try to omit any spoilers for any of the books.
- Clockwork Angel
- Clockwork Prince
- Clockwork Princess
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 2010-2013
Series: Yes! It’s a trilogy and its name is “The Infernal Devices.”
Again, this will be another one of those full series review. Funnily, The Mortal Instruments is also one. School is killing me and I don’t have that much time to constantly post. I’ve never read the series before and since Lady Midnight ain’t coming out just yet, I thought I’d better get started.
Another Warning: Some spoilers for “The Mortal Instruments” series. Proceed with caution if you haven’t read them yet. Personally, I would recommend you to read “The Mortal Instruments” series first.
Tessa, the main character is interesting. But also boring. She likes books. She likes Jem. She likes Will. She’s also wise. I really can’t tell you much about her. She comes across as annoying in some parts which was devastating as I really wanted to love her. ? Actually, I think I still love her despite some parts. I think it made her more real. She was honourable and thoughtful.
And Oh Will you fustrating little bastard. He’s another Jace. Everything about him is like Jace. Apart from his looks. He’s an Alec and Jace hybrid. He’s the hot-but-oh-so-tortured male character in this series and I’m a bit “bleurghed” by him even though he’s damn hilarious some times. Throughout the series, Will and Tessa are constantly quoting poetry and literature of their time but their conversations are hilarious. He deserves good in the end. He’s a bit annoying but things clear up in the second book and I started to like him more.
I love Jem. JEM. JEM. Will’s parabatai. JEM. You poor guy. You deserve everything. I love you. He’s so damn nice. The love between characters were well written and the love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem was unpredictable and you couldn’t tell who she’d choose at the end. Lightwoods appear too. SO MUCH SHIPPING. The characters are not boring 2D creatures, and I grew to pretty much like all the characters as the series progressed. There’s more focus on adult characters too in this series, but again, since it’s YA, the main focus is obviously going to be teenagers.
It’s set in the Victorian times. Basically, there are these robots that threaten to destroy the Shadowhunters. And there’s also Tessa, killing herself over Will and Jem. That’s it. Oh and there’s also the occasional romance scenes between some characters. And the occasional scenes that make me laugh so hard. But damn, despite the relatively simple sounding plot, I was hooked. Cassandra Clare does it again, and clap clap for her.
She does not disappoint. She somehow has that magical writing style that hooks you and makes you really feel everything. And by “feel,” I mean that you cry. A lot. Especially in the last book. I’ve lost track of how many times I cried. I get the feeling that even if you were to present the most boring idea of a novel to Cassandra Clare, she’d turn it into something bearable. There is the odd steamy scene here and there, but rare and the way she included the twists in it was so unpredictable at times too!
Oh and in this series, Cassandra Clare has found this new thing called “languages.” Random Spanish, Welsh and Mandarin is dotted throughout the books. I feel damn proud that I could understand the Spanish in it. ✌️ And the even better bit? I could understand the Mandarin. Well half of it.My family doesn’t actually speak it, but I used to as a ickle thing. Maybe at like, 3? 4? 5? I don’t know. Jem tells Tessa she’s beautiful in Mandarin and I actually laughed out loud at this point, because he then translates to Tessa that he said her hair had come undone a bit or something like that. I understood and kept laughing so hard. After I calmed down a bit, I thought I was a mistranslation until further down the book, he tells her the truth. Some bits of mandarin strikes me as incorrect or just dodgy. Like, I don’t think the pinyin was always on point and the way Jem spoke was so strange. He used phrases and wordings that someone that was fluent would not have used. No one in China uses the endearment, “my love.” There ain’t even a translation for it unless you directly translate it and sound like an idiot.
Random bits of Shakespeare, Dickens, Tennyson and poetry are also thrown in here and there, references to classic literature characters appear too. Actually, every chapter starts off with some quote.
I LOVED IT. Perhaps even more than the original series, The Mortal Instruments. I’m conflicted about the ending, and I wasn’t sure I felt entirely satisfied. The books made me cry multiple times and when I finished the last book, I felt so empty and just sat there and thought. I loved the characters, I loved the simple sounding plot. Yes it was simple, but it was full of twists and turns that kept you going. Itching to reread it already but scared of it lol But damn, first book ever to make such an emotional wreck of me. Books that do that tend to be good though and I love them. It was like Six of Crows, but even more powerful. Guess it makes me a masochist, but ARGH WHATEVER! I loved the series because it seriously had me hooked and I loved the characters. A lot. Also, if you’ve read “The Mortal Instruments,” you’ll find out so much more in this that’s simply referred in the previous books. I personally think you should read this series second because it contains tiny little details that would be dismissed if you haven’t read “The Mortal Instruments” first. Those tiny little details are like sparks and I always go like, “Ohhhhh!” or I’ll be screaming because I can’t believe what I’ve just read. ?
- Unique Characters that have depth to them.
- Unpredictable Love Triangle.
- THE FEELS!!!
- Hilarious! The wit in this series made me laugh so hard at times.
- Not a particularly exciting female heroine but she’s still unique.
- Maybe check the mandarin in it?
Rating: 5 Stars – See my rating system. I can’t believe I put that. It’s funny because I wouldn’t have thought I’d enjoy it this much. Although the ending made a mess of me, I feel somehow really really attached to it and 5 stars seems somehow fitting. Very fitting.
Recommended for: Those that enjoyed “The Mortal Instruments.” If you like love triangles, and if you like books that have that historical feel to them. Like, proper courting, popriety, manners and maids kinda stuff. If you like steampunk too.
Which series did you prefer? And more importantly, do you prefer Will or Jem? I personally have a soft spot for Jem hehe