The Infernal devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Acquired from library
When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld,where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by — and torn between — two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world… and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all. (Cassandraclare.com)
(This is a spoiler free review)
When I was reading this trilogy, I kept going back and forth about which I thought was better. The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices. After completing the trilogy, that choice is very, very clear.
The Infernal Devices is the prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments. It takes place in Victorian London at the London Shadowhunter Institute and follows Tessa Gray as she moves from New York to London. She quickly discovers that she has unknown powers and that there is an entire world unlike the one she knows. Tessa is soon thrown into the world of the Shadowhunter’s and must go up against great forces of evil.
I probably am doing a terrible job of describing it, but this trilogy is one of the best that I have read in a very long time. It had the right amount of shock, character development, and plot that made you satisfied and wanting more. If I had to rate them from favorite to least favorite it would be Clockwork Princess, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Angel.
Let’s start with Clockwork Angel. Even though Clockwork Angel is my least favorite, it’s still one of my favorites. This book was an incredible start to a series. It introduced all of the characters in just the right way. Giving some background info but leaving a majority of it for later books. For a little bit the plot had me confused, but I was back on track in no time. Some of the twists that had happened, I was not expecting those. One thing I really liked was how evil some of the characters were. The villain’s in the story had truly horrible intentions. That’s what really makes a good story, is if the villain truly believes in what they are doing. The world building was incredible! Unlike TMI, the Shadowhunter world was built gradually and made things make more sense. It was very interesting to see how everything played out during the Victorian era. How the politics worked as well as the rivalries. Overall, Clockwork Angel was a great start to the series and it really made me want to continue the trilogy. Rating: ★★★★
Next, Clockwork Prince. This book leaves off right where Clockwork Angel ended, even though not a lot happens plot wise in this book, there is tons of character development to back it up. The characters care about each other so much. They would do anything for them. The side characters as well, they are amazing. The world building was off the charts and this book really set up the story perfectly for Clockwork Princess. I mean that cliffhanger though. Rating: ★★★★★
Clockwork Princess, where do I even begin? That was the most beautiful thing I have ever read in my entire life. Everything about this one was perfect. The reveals, the questions being answered. That ending that made me cry at 2 in the morning. It was perfect. We get closure but just enough for City of Heavenly Fire (I haven’t read that yet at this time), and the next prequel trilogy after this one. The story was amazing and how it wrapped up all together made this one the best in the series. Rating: ★★★★★
The characters are really what make this book shine. Every character is important to the plot. Tessa is the kind of person I strive to be. She is brave and witty, and has actually read A Tale of Two Cities. She is kind and caring, and just the best person possible, willing to do things for the people she cares about.
Will Herondale. Where do I even begin? Right away I began to love Will. He was super snarky and sarcastic, which I am a sucker for. He has a sad back story that makes him feel like a monster. And you love him regardless. And Jem Carstairs. Jem is literally the sweetest human being on the entire planet. He cares about everyone and always puts up with Will’s crap. I always want to give him a hug because I think he would give great hugs.
Is it me, or do Charlotte and Henry totally remind you of Ron and Hermione? I could not get that thought out of my mind through out the entire series. Charlotte is so wise for someone her age and Henry has one of the brightest minds. Sophie is an amazing character. Though out the entire series she is the one that develops the most. She learns to let people in and let them care about her. There are so many other characters that really add to the plot and make the story shine.
The love triangle in the trilogy is easily one of the best in YA to date. Everyone cares about each other and would hate to see anyone hurt. The romance felt real and developed even though these books take place over a short period of time. And how it all ends is so heartbreaking and perfect all at the same time.
Plot & Setting:
At first the plot confused me a bit, but then it became more clear what it was all about. The plot was developed very nicely and spread across three books very well. If there’s one thing Cassandra Clare can do, it’s make the plot so good you can’t put it down. It was fast paced and riveting. It really made the characters shine in their parts. The setting of Victorian London was beautifully fleshed out that it made it seem like you were actually there. I loved all of the settings and if I ever go to the UK, I will have to look out for all of them
This was one of the best trilogies I have ever read. There was so much going on and you really care for the characters. If you read the first three books in TMI, then you need to pick up Clockwork Angel asap. I would suggest reading the books in publication order because it makes sense plot wise. Overall, great story, great characters, and an ending that will make you feel empty and whole all at the same time.