Series: The Infernal Devices #3
Also in this series: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince
Published by Simon and Schuster on November 11th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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Danger, betrayal, and enchantment abound in the riveting conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
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, Will and Jem, will do anything to save her. 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?
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.
It will be super hard for me to keep this one spoiler free. I just… I have so much to say lol. I’ll try as best as I can and will hide what spoilers I do disclose.
Book 2 ends with Cecily Herondale showing up to “train” as a shadowhunter. In this book, however, she reveals that she doesn’t really plan to stay, she only comes to try to convince Will to leave. Will and Cecily’s relationship is quite annoying. I feel like she wants to be into everything when she’s barely been a shadowhunter. I wonder sometimes if she just does it to irritate Will or just because he doesn’t want her to.
Benedict Lightwood reaches the final stages of the demon pox since falling out of grace[?] with the Magister, who was supplying him with temporary remedies. He goes crazy in his new stage and attacks his workers and even his family.
Charlotte has a new enemy and you won’t believe who it is. Really! I was very shocked about this one. All this sabotage from someone you really thought was on her side. I was totally blindsided by this. I even thought the Magister was involved somehow [I won’t say if he is or isn’t].
We finally get some “page-time” with Mortmain [The Magister], but again, it was barely anything considering that he is the main villain. I just really feel like the villain in this story wasn’t that important and just put in there, sort of, like an after thought. I feel a little deceived by this but the other parts of the story was good enough to keep me busy.
We also get to find out what Tessa is [sorta].
View Spoiler »Tessa is part shadowhunter, because her mother was a shadowhunter who didn’t know it. They switched her mother with a human as a baby. That means she and Nate are not related at all [that’s another story]. Her mother never received her shadowhunter marks, and because of that, what usually made shadowhunter children with demon blood be stillborn, didn’t work on Tessa. However, this is still complicated. She has no warlock mark since shadowhunter blood is always dominant, but neither does any shadowhunter mark work on her. Kinda stinks. Plus she is immortal like other warlocks, but because she is predominantly a shadowhunter she can have children. It’s never explained why the shadowhunter blood makes her “not barren”. « Hide Spoiler
There’s another new romance in this one. I won’t even get into that. Again, not as dramatic as Tessa’s and definitely not as complicated although, apparently there is no romance without complications in this story.
My poor Jem. We find out that Yin Fen is getting scarce and this is not good news for him. Things start to look darker for Jem as time goes by and brighter for a possible future for Tessa and Will.
View Spoiler »By the end of the series, it works out for both Tessa/Will and Tessa/Jem fans but not in a way that is entirely pleasing to either group. At least not to Tessa/Jem fans …. bummer. « Hide Spoiler
View Spoiler »I don’t know if I want to read the series in-between this one and The Mortal Instruments. It’s not out yet but since I wasn’t a fan of Tessa/Will relationship and it’s about their lives together running the institute, I don’t find it appealing. However, at the end of the series Tessa and Jem are reunited, after 130 years. I don’t really like the idea of Tessa being Jace’s great-great-etc grandmother. The Herondales are both the best and worst of shadowhunters. « Hide Spoiler