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Rating: ★★★★ 

Can you’s been 8 months since I read a book! I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long and the day it was released completely passed me by! I was so wrapped up in my degree that I could not get into or read anything at all. Now I’ve finished, I’ve finally had the chance to sit down and finish reading Clockwork Princess. I think it was a good book, but there were a few things wrong with it as well. Anyway, on with the review: 

[WARNING: spoilers]

I found it a little harder to get into reading because I haven’t been reading for so long and it’s been months since I read Clockwork Prince, but I got into it quite quickly. In the last book, Will realised his curse was a lie and went to tell finally Tessa he loved her, but oh shit Tessa and Jem had just got engaged, so it was too late. Charlotte and Henry are having a baby, and here’s the cliffhanger: Will’s sister Cecily turns up out of the blue! 

The book is quite slow to begin with, as not a lot happens apart that gigantic worm that was Benedict Lightworm – I mean Lightwood. That was an intense action scene. Cecily climbs a tree, Will shouts “Cecily this isn’t the time for climbing trees!” And then she just jumps on the back of this gigantic worm, whilst Gabriel shoots an arrow into its eye!

I think the way Cassandra writes when building up tension is very good, because just as I’m waiting for something interesting to happen, it does before I reach mid-way of the book and its just at the right time. Charlotte announces that Jessamine will be returning to the Institute. She’s been at Silent city punished for being a traitor. Everyone comes outside to get her and upon arrival; she’s very frail and weak. Then all of a sudden automatons just burst out of the second carriage and attack everyone. A face that Tessa never thought of seeing again – Mrs. Black appears along with one automaton and kidnaps her. She did escape the carriage but got caught again! I was like ah, damn Mrs. Black and those automatons. 

Jem is unfortunately dying in this book. He was already weak because the yin fen is gone in London (Mortmain brought it all to deprive Jem of getting them because he wants Tessa), but he becomes even weaker by fending off the automatons and attempting to save Tessa. He’s in bed unconscious, whilst Will sits by beside praying that his parabatai wakes up and hoping he does not die and leave him. To lose a parabatai is as serious as having your husband/wife dying because the bond would break causing the other inflicting pain. One of the things I really enjoyed and thought was quite beautiful about this book was the friendship between Will and Jem. It really struck a cord with me. 

In the usual love triangle stories, we always have two guys fighting over a girl, which is annoying to no end. But in this book, we don’t. What we have is two brothers, who’s bond is far more special and powerful than a girl to get in the way of that, even they are both in love with the same girl. They care about each other so so much. It’s such a touching scene to read and also sad. Will confessed that he is in love with Tessa after Jem overhears Magnus talking to Will about it. But Jem wasn’t angry and they weren’t fighting over it; he was just calm and glad of it because he could take care her. He said that if he knew, then he would never have proposed to Tessa. That’s just so sweet; you don’t get this in the usual love triangle stories. I like this sort of...emotive impact, that they want each other to be happy but only one of them can be with Tessa. 

Will travels to Idris with Balios (horse) to find Tessa after Jem sends him off. On his journey when he stops at a nearby Inn, he could feel the bond breaking painfully between him and Jem, as there was blood on his parabatai rune turning into a scar, and he realises Jem is dead. 

“Tessa is gone, and every moment she is gone is a knife ripping me apart from the inside.” 

Tessa says that she loves Jem, but I think she loves Will even more. You can just tell from book 1 that it’s always been Will she’s been in love with. Even though Will was not likeable in Clockwork Angel, I came to like him in book 2 and I’ve realised that he’s a really really selfless person. I felt like he gave up so much to protect the people that he loved and cared for, and he’d put others before his own happiness – like leaving home because he thought he was cursed and also Jem’s happiness. He loved Tessa but he wanted his best friend to be happy, even though it caused him great pain. He even said that even if Jem died, he cannot be with Tessa because it would seem like he was waiting for him to die. 

“I want you to be happy, and him to be happy. And yet when you walk that aisle to meet hims and join yourselves forever you will walk an invisible path of the shards of my heart, Tessa. I would give over my own life for your happiness. I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that.” 

Will finally found Tessa. This was the part I was anticipating to read. It was a really nice reunion between that they finally found each other in each other’s arms. That scene felt really special, I think it actually touched me and it was written very beautifully, I could never fault Cassandra’s writing! Will expressed how much he desperately loved her and when they finally kissed, at that moment that was just perfect. I enjoyed reading this scene, but the only problem was that they slept together so soon after Will told Tessa that Jem is dead. I like Will and Tessa together; I know they have their teenaged hormones but still! I thought that was kind of disrespectful to Jem. 

There was a lot of mystery is solved and questions answered regarding Tessa and her family history; I was so intrigued reading the mystery being unravelled. Tessa is half Shadowhunter and Half Demon (a bit like Sebastian! But not evil). She is related to Aloysius Starkweather, Tessa is his great granddaughter. Tessa’s mum was a Shadowhunter, but she did not know as somehow she was switched as a baby, so wasn’t marked for it and it turns out that a demon morphed itself into Richard Gray and did something to Elizabeth (Adele), and that’s how Tessa is the way she is. 

We know how the portal was created now. Henry and Magnus created it! Henry is a genius. The clockwork angel, which was being laid against Will’s collarbone caused the star shape scar and that’s how Jace got it too, going down in the family tree legacy. This was a big twist in the book – it turns out that Brother Zachariah is...Jem! So he didn’t die and all the rumours were true. 

I love Magnus. He is one of the most memorable characters. This is favourite Magnus quote out of the book:

“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
“I’m Gabriel.”
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.” 

I think the book wrapped up really nicely, especially towards the end. Tessa changed into Ithuriel, the Angel on her necklace – and isn’t that also the Angel that Valentine tortured? Ithuriel – you need to be more careful next time. Anyway, so Tessa as Ithuriel was like a blazing fire and she helped to destroy Mortmain and his infernal devices. Jem as Brother Zachariah said his goodbyes to Tessa and Will; it was really sad because Jem can’t be the person they will be able to communicate with anymore. 

There was a lot to absorb and take in, as there were so many things happening. What bothered me was that epilogue, which is why I didn’t give it a full 5 star rating. I don’t know what the hell was that. It was really really sad to read about Will’s death and I got a little teary at that point. I’m happy that Tessa and Will had a lifetime together; they had children and grandchildren, being married for 30 years. Tessa, because she is immortal, couldn’t bear to be around her family watching them all grow up, have children, and grow old, whilst she would look the same and watch everyone she loves die. She meets Jem, not Brother Zachariah at the Bridge and this part really confused me, because Jem is cured! He has black hair instead of silver apparently. How did that happen? How is he human again, isn’t he meant to be a Silent Brother?! I don’t get it. 

I love Cassandra’s writing, like I’ve said so many times, but I don’t know why Cassandra always does this, always leaving plot holes like this, especially at the end of the trilogy! So now I guess I’ll have to wait for City of Heavenly Fire to find out? Pftt. Tessa grieved for Will’s death for 80 years and when she meets all human Jem, they fall in love again. 

I see what Cassandra is trying to do. Giving readers what they want; everybody wins. I’ve never read a book where a girl could be in love with two people equally at the same time. It is a bit like a copout. I don’t know how I feel about that to be honest... because Tessa told Jem that she’s been in love with him all this time whilst still being with Will? I don’t believe that; it just sounds so out of character and unrealistic. This was not a good epilogue. Don’t get me wrong; I like Jem. I was happy he got his own happy ending but it’s just the way it was written to solve the love triangle. Somehow Cassandra made it work. Guess I can’t complain because everybody wins? 

Anyway, to wrap it up it has been a really good trilogy to read and I highly recommend. I was really iffy about it when I picked it up but I’m so glad I did. My favourite of the series is the first two books. I really enjoyed reading about all the characters and getting to know them. Will, Tessa, Jem, Henry, Magnus, Charlotte, Cecily, Sophie, Gideon and Gabriel etc. they are all such memorable characters. Cassandra created this wonderfully heart-wrenching journey and it has been the pleasure of reading it. 

[Side Note: I have to mention the Clockwork Princess cover is absolutely stunning! Wow, that attention to detail is just beautiful, definitely sums up the book.]

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