Hey guys! I took way too long to finish this book, but it was so amazing. It is giving me so many feels and not all good ones! I’m happy, frustrated, sad, excited…ya know, every feeling you could ever possibly have…ALL AT ONCE. Prepare for a long review.
Number of stars: 5 (without a doubt)
If you have yet to read Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices series, you can find my review here. It is more of a discussion, so even if you have read the entire series, you should go check it out!
Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):
“In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.
With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.
Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?
As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”
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THERE ARE SPOILERS. BEWARE:
Thank you Cassandra Clare for leaving me in this state after this book. I am going to be in such a reading slump when this series ends!! (Prepare for a long booktalk below)
Alright, so this entire book was based off of this one task: Charlotte and the others in the London Institute have two weeks to locate Mortmain (bad guy, mundane), or Benedict Lightwood will challenge Charlotte for control of the London institute. There were also so many other side plots, keeping the book entertaining.
One of these side plots was Will (shadowhunter). You find out in the beginning that Will is having Magnus Bane (warlock) summon demons. Later, you find out the reason why: when will was a child, he opened his dad’s Pyxis (a box that holds demon souls) and a demon got out. It put a curse on Will, saying that anyone who loves Will will end up dead. Will’s sister, Ella, is found dead the next day and Will blames himself. This is the reasoning behind Will’s actions. He pushes everyone away and is quite harsh to Tessa (even though he loves her…it is obvious), a downworlder who has the ability to change into other people as long as she has one of their belongings.
Then you find out that Sophie (a maid in the London Institute) has a crush on Jem (a fellow orphaned shadowhunter who also lives in the institute), and I could actually see them together. In this book, you learn that a mundane can become a shadowhunter. (Can I do it? Can’t hurt a girl for dreaming!)
At this point in the search for Mortmain, Charlotte finds interesting information about Mortmain’s parents, the Shades. The Shades were both warlocks, meaning they are sterile, so Mortmain was an adopted child. The Shades where dabbling in some dark magic, which is against the law, so they were killed.
During these events, Benedict Lightwoods sons, Gideon and Gabriel, come to train Sophie and Tessa, so that they can better protect themselves. It happens later in the book, but Gideon and Sophie start to fall for each other (so adorable in my opinion). Gideon is nothing like his father (that is a very good thing) and is good to Sophie.
Okay, now I am going to talk about this love triangle that becomes very apparent in this book between Tessa, Will, and Jem. Sooooo….one night, Will kisses Tessa. Then, what seems like the next night, Jem kisses her. Then shortly after that, Will kisses her again. Dang, Tessa. Make up your mind (choose Will).
Alright, this is getting really long (thank you to anyone who is still reading), so let’s start to wrap this up!
Jessamine (another shadowhunter at the institute) ends up being a traitor. (This shocked me so much!) She had married Nate (Tessa’s brother who betrayed them all in Clockwork Angel) and had been giving him information to give to Mortmain. Tessa decides to change into Jessamine and meet with Nate to get more information, hoping to fool him. He already knows that it is actually Tessa, and comes prepared with one of Mortmain’s automatons and it’s a big one. It was really cool to see how advanced the automatons are becoming. The engineer side of me had me geeking out a bit at the technology progressiveness.
Nate ends up getting killed during the fight that insues between him, the automaton, and the shadowhunters. It was also discovered that Benedict Lightwood is working with Mortmain. Why? Benedict Lightwood fancies demon women (ew ew ew ew) and has managed to catch demon pox (which made Will giddy with happiness…he was the only one who believed that demon pox was a thing). Mortmain is providing him with drugs to keep him alive.
Using that information as blackmail, Charlotte convinces Benedict to withdraw his challenge, so I am excited to see how Mortmain handles that in the next book! It was all part of his plan to have Benedict in charge of the London institute.
Now, for the most frustrating thing ever. Jem proposes to Tessa!!!!! And Tessa says yes!!!!! I want Tessa to be with Will so bad. After this happens is actually when Will finds out about the curse being false. He is so happy and excited to tell Tessa, but it is too late. Tessa wants to keep Jem happy and doesn’t want to break his heart.
Jem and Will are parabatai, so they are bound together like brothers. Will doesn’t want to hurt Jem either, so Will and Tessa have to ignore their feelings for each other. This is so painful for me to accept. Ugh…Tessa and Will you belong together!!! The oddest thing is how Will was pretending to not love Tessa, but now Tessa is pretending to not love Will.
I am seriously so frustrated about this turn of events. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jem. I just don’t like Tessa and Jem as a couple. Hopefully Clockwork Princess gets Will and Tessa together somehow!
Thanks for reading! If you’ve read this series, are you Team Will or Team Jem? I was back and forth at the beginning of Clockwork Prince, but I am definitely Team Will! Were any of you shocked about Jessamine’s betrayal? How did you feel about Gideon and Sophie’s budding relationship?