I want to start out by saying the I really enjoy this series much more than the Mortal Instruments series especially after the last book City of FalleI want to start out by saying the I really enjoy this series much more than the Mortal Instruments series especially after the last book City of Fallen Angels. I like Tessa as a main character more than Clary. I think that this has everything to do with the Victorian London setting. In fact all the characters seem more mature in this series as opposed to the Mortal Instruments and it's a little refreshing.
I didn't love everything about the book, but when I compare it to the Mortal Instruments it's way better. This book definitely felt like the middle book that it is. Not a lot happened within the story. Mortmain is only mentioned we don't see his character at all in the whole story. He's working things from the wings. This makes the action a little dull because most everything revolves around the group trying to find Mortmain himself and when that doesn't pan out they focus on finding out more about him. This in turns just pulls up more questions and mysteries that will hopefully be answered in the next (and last) book in this trilogyClockwork Princess.
I like the Clare (as far as I know) is keeping this series a trilogy. As you can understand by my statement above I think her Mortal Instruments series has started to decline since the second half of the series started. I liked the first three books just fine. But anyways this is a review about the Infernal Devices. I will try to keep focused now.
The book picks up a couple of weeks after the evens in Clockwork Angel. Charlotte is in danger of losing the institute to someone else unless they can uncover the whereabouts (or substantial information) regarding Mortmain. What then ensues is our love triangle (that's right Tessa, Will, and Jem) embarking on a journey to where Mortmain reportedly grew up, visiting another institute. As mentioned above this persuit does nothing but raise more questions. This isn't necessarily bad. I was hoping to find out more answers and therefore I was driven to read faster and faster to try to get those answers. We did get answers to questions raised in the first book so I suppose it's a fair trade.
In regards to the aforementioned love triangle. I almost think that Cassandra Clare thinks that they are mandatory in YA fiction. I don't think there's any question as to who Tessa will end up with. The reader can tell where Tessa's heart lies and it's almost insulting to the other character that Tessa "settles" for him because even though there's a connection, I don't think it goes anything past friendship. I like this character too. He's a completely different YA male lead and Clare writes him really well. I wish there were more heroes in YA like this one. Clearly one can tell the difference in Tessa between friendship and love with her internal monologue. I won't state who, because I think everyone should have their own reaction.
I know there are a lot of people who simply cannot fathom waiting until December 2012 for the final installment. Me, I am ok with it. I do look forward to finishing this series, and I will continue reading it even if I stop with the Mortal Instruments. I think part of me is curious to see if she will link the series together any more than having the immortal characters cross over. I guess we'll find out. Until Then!...more
It's strange that this is the last book in this trilogy although not the last book in this world. I like that all the books in The Mortal InstrumentsIt's strange that this is the last book in this trilogy although not the last book in this world. I like that all the books in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices intersect and cross, and with Clockwork Princess a lot more storylines and character connections are made apparent. The characters in TID are ancestors to the characters in TMI and I like seeing the similar traits that we'll see later.
I will say that the overall story of Mortmain and his automaton army is overshadowed by the love triangle between Jem, Tessa, and Will. I think that story took center stage. It's pretty predictable how everything with Mortmain will go. But I know there are a lot (if not all) fans / readers of this series out there wanting to know "who Tessa will end up with in the end, especially with Jem's illness".
Of course with this being the last book in the trilogy Clare answers that question. It's all in the way she answers that question. If I had one word to describe Clockwork Princess it would be: bittersweet. I found the overall story to be written quite well and lovely, yet there were definite moments of sadness which almost overshadowed the happier moments (although they are there, just maybe with a more somber tone than the previous books in the trilogy). A lot has happened to our characters. They have gone through a lot and have had to face a lot as well. It only makes what they strive for in the end, and the decisions they make, that much more strong.
I have to say that I feel a little at odds with how Clare chose to end the series, but on the other hand I can't think of a different way for her to do it. Looking at the book from a peripheral point of view what she chose to do I would have called gratuitous and cowardly, almost as if she were afraid of making a definitive statement one way or the other and letting the characters off too easily. But when I read the story I realize that none of the characters got off easily. They all had to make sacrifices and live through them, so by the end, they were all deserving of what happiness Clare deemed to give them. I was glad that the story turned out the way it did. She certainly put a different spin on the love triangle and while I would hate if it became a new trend in the genre, it works here.
Clockwork Princess really makes me want to go back (or forward?) and draw the connecting lines between the two series and not just with last names, but with artifacts as well and places. I look forward to other things that Clare writes in the Shadowhunter world in the future. Until Then!...more
The battle between Sebastian and Shadowhunters comes to a head in the last book of The Mortal Instruments series. Sebastian has taken the fight to a nThe battle between Sebastian and Shadowhunters comes to a head in the last book of The Mortal Instruments series. Sebastian has taken the fight to a new level attacking institutes around the world and turning whomever he captures into the Endarkened. He wants the destruction of everything, but no one seems to understand that. Many of the Shadowhunters seem to believe that Sebastian is not truly a great threat. Clary, Jace, and Co. have no disillusions about Sebastian and if the Clave is not willing to take proper measures to fight Sebastian, then they will find their own way to defeat him even though it means putting themselves into certain danger.
At first look City of Heavenly Fire seems very daunting. It's a big book and covers a lot of ground, but I found that once you get into the story, it goes by really quickly. I often found myself stopping at certain points thinking how far the characters had come in the book from where it starts to the ending.
This is what everything in the series, starting with City of Bones, comes down to. Like most series there have been ups and downs, and I'm not strictly speaking about ups and downs for the characters (although yes, they've all had their fare share of tragedy and happiness). I'm talking about plot and storylines. There were moments in the series where I was positive I was not interested in going any farther, I just wanted to stop. But Cassandra Clare turned it around and I remembered what made me binge read the first three books in one weekend a few years ago.
Like many series endings, City of Heavenly Fire will not please everyone. As for myself, looking back there were a few things I didn't care for, but overall, I thought that Cassandra Clare did a fine job tying up this particular series.
First of all, I liked how settled Jace and Clary were with each other. They've already been through enough and we've had to read book after book filled with angst over their relationship. It was nice to see them work together as a team and as partners in Heavenly Fire because, let's face it, there's more important things going on what with Sebastian wanting total destruction of the world and all. Even the instances of uncertainty between Alec and Magnus and Izzy and Simon weren't as amplified as they have been in previous books and that's a good thing because, again see above comment. Plus, the characters (for all that they're still teenagers) are growing up. They've seen and experienced things many normal people don't, and it was nice that Clare acknowledged this in the writing of the characters.
Also, I liked the way the Cassandra Clare wove the prequel Infernal Devices into this series. It was very subtle. It started with Clary glimpsing Magnus talking to a girl at the end of City of Glass, and even though we didn't know it at the time it also involved a certain Silent Brother. This was done very well. If you've read The Infernal Devices, particularly Clockwork Princess, you know the end of that series / book delivers readers a rather nice surprise. Clare picks up that storyline and we retroactively get to see how it came about. Again, subtle. I didn't feel like it detracted from the main storyline.
What I was a little on the fence about was the clear introduction into Clare's next Shadowhunter adventure The Dark Artifices series (of which Lady Midnight is the first book). Clare takes a lot of page time to introduce us to Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn children, specifically her best friend Julian Blackthorn. While their early introduction in the book justifiably ties them to the storyline of Sebastian in City of Heavenly Fire, the continuation of their storyline is nothing more than pulling readers into another series. Definitely takes away from the main purpose of City of Heavenly Fire. It kinda sorta felt, with the end of The Mortal Instruments so near, Cassandra Clare was "giving up" in places and filled it with enticement for her shiny new series. I almost would have rather the book been shorter and focused primarily on Clary, Jace, and the rest of the gang and the fight with the Endarkened and Sebastian.
That fight, however, was pretty predictable in my opinion. I think what was for surprising was the road to the inevitable fight with Sebastian. Clare threw in a few twists and turns that had me quickly turning the pages to find out how it would all come together for the final showdown.
Considering the Nephilim world will continue in another series, there's a definite feeling of anticipation at the end of Heavenly Fire. Of course, everyone comes out of the war scarred in some way, shape, or form and the anticipation of what comes next is high. Sebastian causes tension between the Nephilim and the Downworlders and the Accords that they've set in place, and to everything there is a consequence.
Because of this anticipation and the fact that there's already another series, it was difficult to feel the "final good-bye" at the end of Heavenly Fire. I would bet money this is not the last we'll hear of Jace, Clary, Alec, Mangus, Izzy, Simon, etc. I guess Clare's end goal was probably achieved because, after reading this, I will more than likely be compelled to read the Dark Artifices. What I do feel, though, is a slight sense of relief for our characters from the Mortal Instruments. Time to let them have a rest for a little while wherever it is characters go to rest when their story it told. ...more
I was really apprehensive about this book. I'll be honest City of Fallen Angels did not impress me at all. It left me wondering about the characters tI was really apprehensive about this book. I'll be honest City of Fallen Angels did not impress me at all. It left me wondering about the characters that I actually liked from the first three books of the series and there was too much angst. I couldn't stand it.
So here is where I admit that City of Lost Souls brought back that feeling I had when reading the original trilogy. Yes, bad things happen to the characters we've grown to love, but it just didn't seem so angsty. Jace wasn't beating himself up every page because "he doesn't deserve the life he has or Clary". Honestly, it makes a difference without all the self-hatred.
At the end of City of Fallen Angels Jace is gone with Sebastian. We see in the last scene that Sebastian performed a ritual that seemed to link himself and Jace together and then they vanish. So after waiting for about a year to find out how the story plays out from there, we finally get our answers. Sebastian is alive of course, but what does he want with Jace, and why is Jace with him? These are questions our Shadowhunters need to find out before the Clave who, thinking Jace has switched sides, now wants to kill him. The friends split up in order to help find out how to save Jace before it's too late.
This book for me took the events of the previous book and made the characters really grow from that. Yes, Clary is still impulsive, but by the end she understands that sometimes you have to make the tough decisions. Jace too, who for most of the book is under Sebastian's thrall has moments of clarity where he understands the sacrifices that need to be made, and he also comes to realize that he deserves way more than he thought he has since the beginning of the series when he thought he was really Valentine's son. It makes both of them better and I hope it sets up the final book in a good way where they will continue to be strong.
I always thought that Clare did a good job with the more secondary characters and she still doesn't disappoint. Izzy, Alec, Simon all continue to grow and realize what they need and deserve out of life. Izzy realizes it's ok to rely on people. Alec, maybe a bit too late, realizes that you just have to live the present and not worry about the future. Hopefully, this will be something he fights for in the next book. And Simon realizes that even though he's a vampire he's not a monster and does deserve to be love and can love in return.
This book has renewed my faith in the series. I don't know if the last one was just a fluke or if Ms. Clare just really has a huge plan set out for this series. Either way, I'm glad I stuck with it and can't wait to see how it all ends. Until Then!...more
I was disappointed with this book. I liked the trilogy. I even like the Infernal Devices start to that trilogy. I didn't think that this series neededI was disappointed with this book. I liked the trilogy. I even like the Infernal Devices start to that trilogy. I didn't think that this series needed to go on after the end of City of Glass. That story arc was done and everything was pretty much tied up. The characters had promising things to look forward to in the future. I think City of Fallen Angels negates everything that the characters fought for in the Trilogy. I mean Jace and Clary are finally able to be together at the end, and then in this book do they get to have a normal relationship? No, of course not, they are again dealing with angst and drama. Let me just say that I would have appreciated it more if Jace and Clary were together and fighthing the "bad guys" together, working on their relationship while other things are happening in the background.
This doesn't apply to just Jace and Clary. This applies to all of our characters in all of their relationships. Alec / Magnus, Isabelle / Simon / Maia. They were all moving forward at the end of City of Glass, and here I feel they all took two steps back. It made me a little sad to see how our characters don't get to grow and change with the new elements in their lives.
Not only were the relationships messy again in this book, but the storyline itself just didn't pull me in. It took too long to develop and I didn't know where it was going until the very end, and by that time unfortunately I didn't care anymore. I think that there were some events that could have been kept, but for the most part the major storyline could have been scrapped and the remaining good elements could have been added to the next book and been fine. This felt like a long bridge that is supposed to connect City of Glass with City of Lost Souls.
I felt like Clare was trying to start over again with this series, but it didn't reel me in like the first three books did.
I did like being back in this world though. I liked being back with all the characters again, I just wish we weren't basically reading about the same problems.
Even with the cliffhanger ending I wasn't upset. Usually if a story ends on a cliffhanger I am anxiously anticipating the next book. I didn't feel that by the end of the story. I will continue to read the series. I rarely don't read all of the books in a series, and I think I've come too far to stop now. I am keeping my fingers crossed that City of Lost Souls will redeem the second half of this series. Until then we do have Clockwork Prince to look forward to. ...more
I was impressed by the start of this prequel series. I could really tell that Ms. Clare's work has improved and matured. I really liked and enjoyed thI was impressed by the start of this prequel series. I could really tell that Ms. Clare's work has improved and matured. I really liked and enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series, but Clockwork Angel (the first in the Infernal Devises planned trilogy)just seemed like there was more planning as to where the entire story was going. It seemed more clear that there was a specific path that these prequels were going to follow and how these people are related to or effect the characters we have already read about in the sequel....more