- Page Count: 567
- Release Date: September 5, 2013
- My Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads book description:
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
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, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
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?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and 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.
Ok, fine — everyone’s right. This book was pretty great. I’m not the biggest fan of Cassandra Clare’s other works (I mean, they’re fine. They’re just not favorites), but this story was all sorts of emotional. Like I was actually crying in parts?? Did not expect THAT.
The love triangle worked so much better in this book than the last one. A million times better. I just love Jem and Will’s bond SO much. Tessa was never the strongest character for me, but I liked her enough! I actually loved all of the other characters in this book too and was pretty into the whole story. So I’m mostly just excited that I finally got totally into one of these books people keep raving about!
But I still feel like the writing occasionally has a lot of… filler? Like the pacing just gets bogged down with unnecessary stuff that doesn’t add anything sometimes. And I really wasn’t into the consul stuff with Charlotte or any of the actual plot with Mortmain. All of the actual storyline with the infernal devices felt like some weak background chatter. Luckily the relationships (and friendships) were strong enough to carry the whole book.
Ok one more complaint: the plot did a great job of building these complicated relationships and I realllly didn’t think a certain scene in a cave towards the end was the best direction for the story. Like I get that the story has Shadowhunters not adhere to social customs of that time period as much, buuuut it was still an odd choice. It killed the other emotions and felt super out of character.
So yeah, I have some complaints… but I loved Jem and Will so much that I have to round this rating up to 5 stars. SO MANY FEELS. And I’m not sure how I felt about the epilogue, but I think I liked it? It kind of felt like a cheap way out, BUT also made me happy.
This series is so much better than The Mortal Instruments, though! Definitely read this before TMI. I think I would have been waaaay more into these books if I hadn’t suffered through 6 books of Jace & Clary first.
WAAAAIT I FORGOT TO GUSH OVER WALES! All of the Welsh legends and language! The setting was easily one of the best parts of the book. I just really like Wales… the whole time period, steampunk feel, and London/Wales setting of this book might be the cause of at least half of these stars.