Ah, the SHADOWHUNTERS, a great source of debate between fan-girls and haters. As a YA fan, I felt like I was really missing out on such a hugely popular series. After trying (and failing miserably) to get into Clare’s first series, The Mortal Instruments, a friend recommended that I try The Infernal Devices.
The Infernal Devices
1 – The Clockwork Angel
2 – The Clockwork Prince
3 – The Clockwork Princess
by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: 2010 – 2013
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Summary from Goodreads:
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…
For all of the books, I am simply torn. I feel like at least 50% of the books move too slow and are too full of filler, while the other half of the books are filled with awesome, jaw-dropping action and blush inducing love scenes. So, it’s really hard for me to say whether or not I loved the series.
I read each book in the series within a few weeks of each other, when they became available at the library. The first book, The Clockwork Angel, grabbed me from the beginning and my curiosity carried me through the more bland chapters. The Clockwork Prince did the same thing, and it was pretty much the interactions between Bane and Will that kept me going. 1000 pages later, by the time The Clockwork Princess came around, I was so burnt out that it took all my strength to get through the 500 pages – but my curiosity about Tessa’s story just couldn’t let me go.
The Clockwork Princess fell into the same formula as the former books, still continuing the main plot with several “side missions” branching off. It took me forever to get through, much like the others as well, but the ending was worth it. It was wonderfully heartfelt and satisfying and I loved how it tied in with the other Shadowhunter series.
I appreciate this and the other Shadowhunter’s series for their world building. That is something that I believe Clare really has down to a science. The Shadowhunter world is so interesting, so unique and so well thought out that it really hurts my inner book nerd that I didn’t love the books as much as others.
Cassandra Clare is obviously a talented writer and knows how to give the fans what they want. I hope that the next series she writes is in a different world so I could jump on the Clare-loving bandwagon. I just wonder how many more Shadowhunter books will it take before people start to get bored.
With hundreds of thousands of 5 star reviews and the fresh-off-the-press Lady Midnight, Clare has this one in the bag. I think that maybe, if I had read the books 10+ years ago when the series first started, I might have fallen into the fandom hard but now it’s just not doing it for me.