Infernal Devices Trilogy Review





Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Published: August 31st, 2010

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series. The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.

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“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” 

I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel so I will discuss all I loved before I mention the reason why half a star was taken off. I must say that this was a start to a great trilogy and provided enough excitement for me to quickly start book two. The plot picked up easily and quickly. We got right into the story and didn’t start with an unnecessary dragging. As a fantasy lover, I appreciate this a lot because I can’t stand long dull beginnings. I also enjoyed learning about this world as if I was Tessa. Seeing as it was multiple points of views, not every aspect is told from her perspective but, Clare told the story in a way that unfolds for someone new to the shadowhunter world as with Clary. The plot twists were actually twisted I was not expecting and I shot up in my bed when things were revealed.

 “It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.” 

The writing really fit the time period a lot so that was something I liked and enjoyed. She built a whole new world that I was able to visualize but at the same time she kept it similar to the original shadowhunter world. Basically, she kept it in the same universe but changed enough to feel like a new book. I loved how dark and sinister it felt at times and playful at others. The dialogue was impressively funny.

“When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.” 

The romance in this book was actually subtle. I am not sure yet where it will go. People said a love triangle happens but at the moment all I got is angsty attraction lol. I enjoy it and it is pleasant enough.

“You’ve always been what you are. That’s not new. What you’ll get used to is knowing it.” 

The real problem for me was the characters themselves. I liked them as a whole and the crew as a whole is awesome. Jem is a literal gem and his character is my favorite. He is so caring, kind-hearted, very smart, and brave. Will was entirely too moody for me. He was charming and funny but I found myself exhausted by his mood swings. Jessamine was intolerable and annoying. Tessa was interesting. I like her but she was so weak I found myself bored with her. I understand in the beginning she is new to everything but, my gosh she stayed weak and useless till the end. I know she has power but we hardly saw it and she was so against everything I was like I mean can she do something? Clary was weak in the beginning to but at least at the end of book one, we saw progress. Clary so far is a better leading lady but I have hope for Tessa because I liked her and in the City of Heavenly Fire she was super awesome.






Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Published: December 6th, 2011

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


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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“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.” 

The Clockwork Prince was a great sequel to book one. It still is missing that extra something special for me to give it 5 stars but I think book three will do it. I read through this quickly because just like with book one the plot picked up right away and there was not a dull moment. As a matter of fact, there was a lot of tense moments that kept me on edge on what was going to happen. I really loved the plot twists in this book even more than number two because let me tell you I was shook especially with the things we discovered of Jessamine & Benedict. I really loved getting to see some new characters and delving deeper into the minds of some of the old.

“Our souls are knit. We are one person, James.” 

Just as with book one the writing was really well done. I can 100% feel the improvement from her earlier works to these books and how she has grown. The dialogue isn’t cringy, the banter feels natural and organic, the romance scenes feel powerful but not too out of this world. My only complaint with the writing is in the character the Magister. I don’t feel like he is a good villain as Sebastian was. Sebastian was deliciously evil and caused the best chaos this guy feels flat and his reasoning is subpar. We also barely see or hear from the villain so I tend to forget there is a problem outside of the love triangle and issues in the institute.

“You speak of sacrifice, but it is not my sacrifice I offer. It is yours I ask of you,” he went on. “I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain.” 

The romance in this book was better but I truly hate love triangles. As I have read TMI, I know how the love story truly ends for the three but I still feel unsatisfied. I love Jem so much and I felt he deserved more than half a heart. I don’t blame Tessa at all mind you because I understand her heart it just makes me sad and hard to appreciate the love story. With that being said it was beautiful. William Lightwood I understand you now and I feel for you so much. Jem Carstairs is still the gem of my heart. Everything that comes out of his mouth and heart is pure love and I can’t say enough how he deserves the world. Tessa is so sweet and just wants to give all her love to these two wonderful men and it all just hurts.

“When two souls are as one, they stay together on the Wheel. I was born into this world to love you, and I will love you in the next life, and the one after that.” 

Tessa is still worrisome for me when it comes to strength. I guess for me the problem lies with how badly the Magister wants her and I don’t get it because we are really only shown this semi-damsel in distress. I love her and want to just see her kick some ass. I loved learning more about Will and Jem and for me, their parabati bond is the best thing ever. It is more pure and precious than the Alec/Jace one and I like that one a lot. But, Will and Jem for me just feel more connected. They would literally die for each other and in death, they would still do for each other. It is hard to explain the level of love they have. I really love seeing more of Henry, Charlotte, Sophie, and Gideon and what is happening with them. They were awesome side characters and love the snippets we have. I am very excited to read book three.

“When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.” 






Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Published: September 5th, 2013

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult


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. 

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“I am catastrophically in love with you.” 

Clockwork Princess was such a fantastic end to a trilogy. I was so pleased with this though I had a few things that I was still iffy about it was a 5 star none the less. The plot of this book was much better than one and two because it had more action. Although I wish the overall story took place in more than just the institute I loved that this one went to other places. This pace felt even better because I felt things were always happening instead of just the romance. It was nice to finally see Mortmain’s plans but he was quite annoying I didn’t truly understand his whole ordeal. Sebastian was deliciously evil but Mortmain seemed like a whiny baby. There was a lot of twists and plots that really hurt and made me so sad. I have to commend Cassandra Clare for being able to give me emotions even when I knew what was going to happen. Like with Jen since I read TMI I knew what happened but I still cried.

“If there is a life after this one,” he said, “let me meet you in it, James Carstairs.”

As I stated above her writing did somethings to my emotions in this one and I can’t help but applaud her for that. I really loved the romantic dialogue in this book a lot. The romance with Will, Tessa, and Jem really made my heart swell because of their words to each other. Also, I didn’t mention it before but the way she does her world building and describes the setting is really good. I am always able to picture everything. I think one of my favorite scenes she wrote was all the ones with Tessa & Jem, the fighting scenes, and when Tessa became an Angel.

 “Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.” 

Ugh, the romance made my heart burst. I cried so many times with these three. Even just the love of the friendships made my heart hurt so much. Even though I don’t like love triangles and I liked her with Jem more it was all still so beautiful. I was very happy and sad about the ending because I just wish Jem had her forever lol. I liked seeing Gideon & Sophie develop and Gabriel & Cecily.

“You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever.

I was super happy to see Tessa finally do something but I still wasn’t satisfied. Clary was a better leading lady for me but I do love Tessa as a person a lot. Guys Magnus was just as amazing in this book as he was in TMI. He truly is a wonderful caring character. We saw a lot of character development from Will and Gabriel and it was truly tremendous. The only character who truly flopped was the main villain I honestly always forget about him. I thought the Consul was more interesting than Mortmain and he was just trying to get Charlotte out of the institute. Which brings me to Charlotte. I love how they have such a strong-minded and just strong women in general as the leader. I truly love this cast of characters and their dynamic.

“Zhe shi jie shang, wo shi zui ai ne de,” he whispered. She understood it. In all the world, you are what I love the most.” 




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15 thoughts on “Infernal Devices Trilogy Review

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  2. YESSS!!! I agree so much with you especially about Mortmain in the third book. The Consul was SO MUCH MORE interesting! Since I understand Chinese, i got so excited reading the bits Jem says.

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  3. I’m so freaking biased about this particular series that I genuinely loved and enjoyed your review! Clockwork Angel was a 4-star-rated book for me, because after the HEARTBRAKING reread of City of Glass, the introduction to the Victorian London felt less fascinating this time.
    I totally agree with you on what comes to the writing style and the characters. Still, I feel that Tessa isn’t as weak as you say, but that’s just my personal opinion.

    As I’m about to start rereading Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess this month, all I have to say is… SO F&*%^ MANY FEELS at the ending of Clockwork Princess!
    To me, this was the best possible epilogue for this series!

    You’re more than ready, my Kitty, to read The Dark Artifices now!

    Have a wonderful March!

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    1. Lol I feel I might be a bit more biased to my love for Clary bc she was the first girl I was introduced to in this world I just feel the author didn’t show me a lot of what Tessa could do BUT I loved her personality so it’s ok.

      And yes the epilogue was so good but still tore at my heart. I just love Jem so much he really was the star for me bc his personality and just everything about him but Will was a treasure of a man as well. For me he just felt a little similar to Jace at times but I still love his way with words and HIS GROWTH WAS WOWOWOWOWOWO.

      I’m so ready to read them this March I’m super excited

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      1. Well, Will is a Herondale and Jace is also a Herondale so it kinda makes sense! Jem is a gem 💎 and I am so happy that he gets his happy ending eventually!

        Still, I believe that TDA is the best piece of work Cassandra Clare has given to us so far!

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