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Today I decided to review the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Here’s some info about the book:
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: First book published 2010
Series Summary: The series takes place in Victorian England, a short time after the peace treaties between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. As Shadowhunters consider themselves superior or purer than Downworlders or demons, they may have no qualms about killing either. The first book in The Infernal Devices is entitled Clockwork Angel and begins the story of Tessa Gray, an orphan teenage girl who is looking for her brother Nathaniel Gray, who has disappeared, and seeks her true identity. Her search plunges her into a world she never knew existed, and reveals talents she never knew she had. She will have to learn to master them if she wants to find her brother, and must forge an alliance with Shadowhunters if she wants to survive in this dangerous world. Many of the family names of the Shadowhunters used in The Mortal Instruments are first introduced in this series. Another character in The Infernal Devices, Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn, also plays a part in this series. As Tessa Gray is drawn deeper into the Shadow world, and goes on the quest of finding her brother, she falls in love with two Shadowhunters–but when it comes to choosing one, trouble begins to brew and suspense finds its way into her life. She will have to learn to hide her feelings if she hopes to survive. However, as her heart rages for love but her mind is bent on saving her brother, will she hide her vulnerable side? Which of the shadowhunters will win her heart?
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Other: The Infernal Devices trilogy consists of Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess and is the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series which includes City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.
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Thoughts: This is my favourite trilogy of all time ever.
The characters in this series are so well developed. I didn’t expect to care about these characters as much as I did (because it was a trilogy) but even half way through the first book I found myself crying and relating to the character’s issues. I really liked the way Clare showed the connection between all the character’s living at the Institute, first by showing us how much Sophie cared for Jem, then Charlotte for Henry, then Jem for Will. It really made me think about how they were all completely different people, who all loved and cared for each other. This also made me relate to Tessa feeling like the outsider suddenly intruding on a perfect home.
I will never get tired of Cassandra Clare’s writing style. The writing is so descriptive and you can picture in your head exactly what it being described on the paper. Her metaphors are a work of genius.
They were in the drawing room, with its wallpaper of flowers and vines. Sophie was by the fire, using the poker to coax more flames from the coal. Henry sat behind the desk, fiddling with a set of copper instruments; Jessamine was in the chaise, and Charlotte was in an armchair by the fire. Tessa and Jem sat somewhat primly side by side on the sofa, which made Tess feel peculiarly like a guest. She was full of sandwiches that Bridget has brought in on a tray, and tea, its warmth slowly thawing her insides.
It’s this kind of writing that makes reading so magical and inspiring, and it really did make me feel as if I were actually there, in the drawing room, chatting with Jessamine about dresses and fashion.
As for the plot, another work of genius. In the second book, there were so many twists and turns that you wouldn’t normally expect. I loved the plot twist of Will’s curse. In fact, when he told Tessa that he loved her and she tried to burn her hand after rejecting him, it actually made me bawl my eyes out. Clockwork Prince was the first book that I cried whilst reading, even though nobody had actually died yet.
I’ve tried to shorten this post so that it’s readable, but if you haven’t read this series, then you need to. Honestly, it is the best series you will ever read and you will not regret it. Ever.
If you have any opinions on the series or one of the books, then don’t hesitate to leave them in a comment below.