Clockwork Princess (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Clockwork Princess (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Cassandra Clare


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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, Will and Jem, will do anything to save her. 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? 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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ISBN-13: 9780606377393
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 683,608
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter's Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts.

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The Clockwork Princess 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 776 reviews.
sdnatasha More than 1 year ago
First reason I love this book: is that you can actually see and sense the growth that many of these characters go through in the book. Cassandra Clare wonderfully iterates the growth these characters go through without making it mundanely repetitive. The second reason I love this book: Cassandra Clare takes her time in finalizing the story arc of the characters. There are times when you read a book and it's a wonderful book, and when you get to the end of it, you still have many questions that not even the epilogue answers. With Cassandra, for the most part, she didn't try to quash what she knows about what happens to the characters after the "big" scene into a few pages at the end. She really expands and explores the relationships and gives the readers substance they can sink their teeth into. Sure, there might still be questions after the end of the book, but not so much that it leaves you trying to come up with your own answers as to what happens to who. The third reason I love this book: The relationships. Many are spent wondering, including myself, who Tessa will end up with. And her relationship with both Will and Jem are explored quite generously. Some may dislike Tessa for not being able to make up her mind, and you good and well have that right to feel that way, but I did feel that Tessa felt equal love for both Will and Jem. But that was only the half of it. And there are the other relationships that are explored as well that are really hopeful and cute and romantic in a way that a romantic film can make your heart aflutter. But it's the other half that really sets this book apart from many others - the relationship between Will and Jem. There are brothers, and there are best friends, and there are parabatai, and then there is the Parabatai. Will and Jem are the Parabatai. To be able to give of each other so completely so that the other may live and be happy, to sacrifice their own happiness and their own life, it goes beyond the confines of even being parabatai, I think. And Cassandra Clare writes their love so amazingly beautiful that it's a wonder if you don't have your heart broken several times by the end of the book just from their love for each other. I adore the fact that she doesn't make the boys feel awkward even about stating their love for each other. Having said that, I will say that there is action involved - quite a few battle scenes and some heart-stopping moments, but ultimately, the highlight is the intimacy of the relationships that make this book tops. I felt so much more entwined with this group of people than those of the Mortal Instruments series, and I'm not saying that the characters in the Mortal Instruments series are not every bit as interesting to know as those in this, but there is definitely something more personable, more intimate, to these characters of The Infernal Devices, this little group of the London Institute, including Church. Cassandra Clare has done a fine job in embedding these characters into my mind and my heart as if they were real people. She is definitely a master at creating heart-stopping moments in both the action sequences as well the more subdued sequences. Cassie sets the tone impeccably for each moment, whether it be a romantic interlude, a battle of words, or a heartrending, especially a heartrending, scene that threatens to pull you to pieces, and I appreciate her writing all the more for it. I hope you will, too.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
This book was like an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end and at times I wanted off if only so I could get a better grip on my feels before continuing. I've been Team Will from the start and while I enjoyed Jem, his relationship with Tessa never felt as true or passionate as the one she shared with Will which was immediate, intense and palpable. I had to resist the urge to flip to the back of the book to see who Tessa ended up with and was completely unaware of the family tree that was hiding beneath the cover of the book until someone mentioned it to me. However, even looking at that early, while somewhat spoilery, doesn't give you the whole picture until you've come to the end of the book. What I loved: I really enjoyed getting to know the other characters more, like Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood, Sophie and Cecily and it really does help paint a broader picture for The Mortal Instruments series. The world building was detailed as always and a few plot twists I didn't see coming kept me on my toes. This is told from multiple POV's and blends together so seamlessly that it prevents any breaks or halts in the story. What left me wanting: I am usually a HUGE fan of Epilogues and this one had me crying all the tears until about midway, at which point it felt like an appeasement which was disappointing to me. I want to explain what I mean but to do so would be a HUGE spoiler and I don't want to ruin it for anyone. (*I realize I may in the minority here but that's okay.) Final verdict: Excellent addition to both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series! Favorite quote(s): "Are those scones under your bed?" "She was forever asking questions; leave her alone in a room, and she'd begin asking questions of the furniture and plants." "All Lightwoods look the same to me---" "For this I would have been damned forever. For this I would have given up everything." <-- By the Angel! "Dw i'n dy garu di am byth," he said. "I love you. Always."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was magnificent! Purely amazing! Heartbreaking and romantic! This was, by far, the best ending to a trilogy I have ever read. And it had surprises and plot twists on every page! I cried while I read the final chapters, and then cheered/wept during the epilouge because I was so sad but happy and then joyful for what had happened and then depressed because it was the end of the series... Bless you Cassandra Clare!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ugh! I cant wait!!!!!! I really hope tess chose will!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, I have to admit it- I love this series more than the original. This wouldn't be true if the Mortal Instruments had been cut at the third book, but these last few make it seem like Clare just doesn't want to let go of the Clary and Jace storyline (granted, neither would I if I even had an ounce of her writing talent). But that has nothing to do with this, so on to the review. If you have enjoyed the others, the last installment will blow you away. I harbor (almost) no complaints! It ended how I dreamed it would, but how it got there is another case entirely. I doubt anyone can predict what happens in this book, yet Clare spins the story in a way to which it isn't unbelievable. My only complaint is the epilogue. I won't go into details, but it seemed to me like she was trying to appeal to both sides of her fan base. It effectively made me cry out in frustration and knocked it down to a four star instead of what SHOULD be a five star. When I read this again, which will probably happen soon, I think I'll skip the epilogue. That would make me much more content. All in all, Clare has outdone my expectations and herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books, and I have to say that this series is my favorite of all time. It is not just the characters, which are excellently written, but the arc of the story and the depth of emotion. I first picked up Clockwork Angel on a whim, and devoured it within hours. At first I was drawn to Will, the bright, blue-eyed boy, quick-witted and reckless. His tongue was sharp, yet he was lovable. Jem was a bit different, a pale and dying friend, beautiful in his own way and with music that triumphed over words. And then there was Tessa, a girl who was tortured and struggled to find the inner strength to fight The Magister while discovering what she really was. These characters leapt and grew, forming themselves into three-dimensional people in a shadowy Victorian London backdrop. I couldn't put it down. In Clockwork Prince, the story magnified. We followed Will on his journey to fight his own demon--quite literally--and rooted for him all the way. And all the while, Jem and Tessa's relationship grew. They were fast friends, keeping Will in line and waging the war on automatons. Then, around page 200, I made a startling discovery; I too had fallen for Jem. When had that happened? It had always been sharp-tongued Will, with his knowledge of literature! And I found myself in a conundrum. Which boy would Tessa choose? The end tore me apart, and the burn Tessa inflicted upon herself fitting punishment for dividing the parabatai in such a way. At last Clockwork Princess came out, and I found myself reading it slowly, dreading the ending that I knew must be coming, for surely Jem and Tessa and Will could not all exist on the same plane for much longer. Most of my predictions were accurate, and the tears flowed freely throughout. I watched the characters come full circle, and finally understood that brash Will was really a scared little boy inside. He depended on Jem as the only family he had, and to lose him left him more broken than the last book. It was silent, almost shy Jem who was the quiet strength in the relationship, that beautiful friendship known as parabatai. And Tessa knew she must be strong for Will, her first love. Many people have stated a problem with the epilogue, but I found it fitting. Tessa is destined to live on, and as Magnus said, Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two. But these two loves could not exist together. This was a tale of sacrifice, which is the ultimate love. And any of the three in the relationship would have sacrificed their self so that the others could have remained together. It was beautifully done, from the Welsh countryside to the Blackfriars Bridge. And as for no one we knew in the story dying, one must remember that this is a prequel; it tells the story of the ancestors, which the jacket attests. Well, done, Cassandra Clare.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series from the beginning and so I was counting down the days until Clockwork Princess. The majority of it was well written and filled with the action and romance that have kept me interested since the beginning. I even really enjoyed how it was ended (exactly as I was hoping). That is until I read the epilogue, I'm not going to give anything away, but I will say that I felt like throwing the book across the room.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm excited to read the next installment of The Infernal Devices. The series is not only amazing but also a fantastic read. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Not only will Tessa, Jem, and Will be in my heart forever although the series is ending. Though I do wonder who is going to end up with Tessa...I'm confident that this book will not only ease my wonders but also give my heart a slight paining pang and a wonderful light feeling. If you have not read the other books in this series I recommend doing so first. And for those wondering, no you do not need to read this series before reading The Mortal Instruments and vise versa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want this book now i dont want to wait
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What wonderful characters.  You find yourself caring about each even while being drawn to primarily one.  Tears will be shed over both heroes and a heroine who has found herself in an almost impossible situation.  It is a wonderful lesson in what true love is and what it means.  The physical aspects of their love is minor compared to the sacrifices they make to insure that they in no way hurt those that mean the most to them .The action, the interaction of all the characters not just the three and the empathy, compassion and love demonstrates true meaning and not just a frivolous relationship based on looks, age or other facets that deteriorate with time. It is a fitting finish that although being bittersweet will satisfy most readers.  I will confess that  I was particularly drawn to Will but he is so interconnected with the other characters you find yourself caring about them because of him.  I recommend it  and it is worth the tears you'll shed.
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
This is how a series should end.  You should be glued to the pages and so invested about what is going to happen next to these characters.  There should be a twist that shocks you so much you feel like whacking your sleeping husband with your kindle so you have SOMEONE to tell at 3 a.m. even if he has no idea what you are talking about.  There should also be some melodrama that makes you roll your eyes but you care about the characters so much that you keep reading anyway.  And a little cheesiness never killed anyone (In fact, it tastes darn good on bittersweet sometimes).  There should be lots of sweet romantic moments that make you go “awwwww.”  And that is how you end a love triangle. I do have one teensy complaint.  I’m happily reading along and then some random letter out of no where appears.  Maybe it was an ebook thing, but it was not very obvious when the narrative ended and when these inserted letters began.  The letters were also abrupt and strange and it took a while to see what purpose they served. Clockwork Princess ended exactly how I thought it would….100 pages early.  The rest of the ending was fascinating and the epilogue blew me away!! Before I say goodbye to this series, I’d like to give a shout-out to my favorite characters.  I want to hug you, Bridget the cook, singer of depressing rhymes.  Will and Jem, my favorite duo who are kind of like Sherlock and Watson if Watson was a little more sarcastic and slightly feminine like Will.  And Tessa you reading nerd, you are adorable. Overall, it was beautiful, bittersweet, but the perfect way to end this series.
BookerFZ More than 1 year ago
Perfect ending!! I didn't think it could have a good outcome but it was perfect :3 love it so much! 
SweetDreams11 More than 1 year ago
Love this series!! This last book caught me offguard... Totally worth it! Can't wait for more of Ms. Clare's work!!
my_lovely_brat More than 1 year ago
I like most of Clare's books, including this book; however, I felt the epilogue was rather disappointing. I am team Will all the way, so for Clare to close the series with the epilogue I was really sad. I have to be honest and say I was content with the entire book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont normally write reviews but i was a bumbbling mess thinking thus coulndt get any better and it didnt it crashed and burned at the end i was fuming mad great til it wasnt!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending makes me tear up every time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing read. Cassandra Clare does it again with a breath taking story that builds you up, breaks you down, only to build you up again. Leaves you wanting more, no craving more. Plot twists, hurdles, and emotions left and right all the way through. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW....JUST WOW. This is not your average teen paranormal fiction novel. It's not a fun, cutsie, good read. This book is beautiful. This whole series is beautiful, enough so to change my life. I love how Cassie gave every character PLENTY of depth. Even evil little Jessamine made me cry...a lot. In fact, the whole book made me cry...a lot. I just love the connection between Jem and Will! I love how they both care for each other so much, but they also both care about Tessa. And don't even get me started about Tessa. Tessa Gray has to be my favorite female heroine in any book, and trust me when I tell you that I have read MANY books. She is just so strong and inquisitive, always so eager to learn, and she is so compassionate and loyal. I also adore Henry and Charlotte! I love how over the series, their relationship grows.  Now, let's talk about Will Herondale. He is the reason I will never have a boyfriend (because I will always want him) LOL. I found his relationship with his sister hilarious and loved to laugh at his pointless protective side of both Cecily and Tessa. It was very contradictory to his relationship with Jem. It pained me so much to read this book. With every death, I suffered. With every heartfelt moment, I laughed and cried and hugged the book fiercely. Clockwork Princess is just one of those books that make you feel like your life is complete. It made me feel like I lived an adventure. The romance in this book is enough to make you want to die because along with the romance, there comes much heartbreak. I don't think I will ever be the same after this book. It changed my life, and I will cherish it for a long time to come if not forever. It is now my favorite, and no other book even comes close to what I feel for Clockwork Princess. This book is real.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love clockwork princess. The infernal devces are my favorite series now and I was up through the night reading this book. I'm always and forever Team Jem, and even though he doesn't truly die it broke my heart. The ending didn't quite make up for it though, becase I love Will too. Its a real tear jerker and I can stop thinking about it. Its definetely worth reading, even if the ending makes you cry like it did me. I was n denial for a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAIZING but personally i fancy will over jem so the epilouge killed me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible-I love everything about it. If you aren't sure about getting this book, get it anyway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read a book with this ending before it was the last book in the eartheal series except this girl loved three boy she marrys one guy then he dies the she marrys another and he dies and then the last guy is immortal and so is she so its like this books ending except i wasnt as attatched to those charecters as i am these and i fond the ending incomplete i dont think i could be more sad that will died even if it was natural causes so the ending was definitely not as good as it could be if you ask me but the rest of the book was good full of action twists and love and over all it was a good book but not a great one in my eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. It was a great ending to this trilogy. I have to admit I cried at the ending. I don't want to give away any spoilers so I'll try and keep it vague, but you learn so much about these characters as time goes one. The way Cassandra Clare is going it doesn't mean this truly is the end. I thought the mortal instruments were done after three, but they sure weren't. This book definitely brings everything full circle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this prequel series, the only complaint I have is that she stopped at 3. Excited about the final book of the mortal instruments to come out though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clockwork Princess is easily the best book I have read thus far in 2013.  I always like to describe the storyline as tragically beautiful, because there are many plotlines that need answers to, including finding out what exactly Tessa is.  Cassandra Clare answers all of these open questions brilliantly. The other thing I appreciated was her attempt to provide unique outlooks on common characteristics of the young adult genre, particularly with respect to the love triangle. As she has dabbled with this before in her other series, I think this is the first one that takes a realistic and honest approach to issues of love and duty, as well as propriety and "injustice." Love comes in so many forms in this novel, between the romantic and passionate love Tessa has for both Will and Jem, but also the brotherly love between the two boys (which in my opinion is the best part of the Infernal Devices series). You also have budding romances as wells as developments in existing relationships. The way this book wraps up the two previous books as well as fills in some points of interest that relate back to the Mortal Instruments series are also what make this book fantastic. She exercised many of her points well and thoroughly, and we got to see many of the characters make their decisions and suffer the consequences as a result. However, these outcomes are what define them and help them grow as individuals, not just characters in a book. It is truly a wonderful book and even if you have not read the Mortal Instruments series you could pick up the Infernal Devices and still follow along easily and with a lot of attachment to the characters.