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Clockwork princess
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2013
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  Library Journal Review

The final volume of Clare's beloved trilogy (Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince) opens with the wedding of Tessa Gray and Jem Carstairs, which is promptly interrupted by a thrilling battle. While the demon-fighting Shadowhunters at the London Institute come under attack, Tessa is kidnapped by Axel Mortmain and his sinister automatons, the Infernal Devices. Will Herondale races to save Tessa as Jem suffers life-threatening injuries, and Tessa discovers that she is stronger than she ever realized. This thrilling novel is filled to the brim with romance, action, and adventure. Narrator Daniel Sharman ably conveys danger, drama, and sensitive emotions. VERDICT Listeners will be left dizzy from breathtaking, twisty plot turns as well as the unexpected conclusion to this enchanting series. [The McElderry: S. & S. hc was a New York Times best seller. See the Q&A with the author on page 64.-Ed.]-Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Oh, the angst in the final book in Clare's Victorian-era steampunk trilogy, Infernal Devices! With the cunning and dangerous Mortmain still on the loose and threatening Shadowhunters everywhere, as well as unresolved feelings still in her heart, bride-to-be Tessa finds it increasingly challenging to get excited about her upcoming nuptials. Still, life must go on, and on and on it goes for Tessa's resilient people. As Tessa finally learns what she is and what that means to both Mortmain and the world, the choices she must make will affect Shadowhunters and Downworlders forever. While there are a few surprising twists, this series conclusion seems devoted to resolving all of the loose threads and mysteries from the earlier books. Fans will feel great satisfaction in learning the answers to all of the questions from the previous volumes, but they'll likely feel sadness, too, as the exhilarating saga comes to a close. A must-read for Clare's fans, this is also highly recommended for followers of Gail Carriger's Finishing School books and Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series.--Mack, Candice Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Politics, clockworks and epic angst complete this slow but satisfying finale to The Infernal Devices trilogy. Tessa is in love with both her fiance, Jem, and his parabatai--shield brother--Will. As this Victorian trilogy draws to a close, there's politics and plotting aplenty, but the trio, each member of which adores the other two wholeheartedly, is preoccupied with its own schmaltzy romance. (Will's Byronic, self-loathing man-pain is palpable enough to practically be a character in its own right.) Despite the florid drama of their triangle, they successfully fight both internal Shadowhunter politics and the moustache-twirling villain Mortmain. Chapter epigraphs from Poe, Milton, Saint Augustine and more introduce grandiloquent prose peppered with Latin, Welsh and Mandarin, sometimes untranslated, but there's plenty of substance mixed in with the bombast. The trio's voices often make way for those of the found family comprising the Shadowhunters of the London Institute: the shamed and love-struck Lightwood brothers, Will's determined sister Cecily, maternal Charlotte, warlike former victim Sophie. This loving if dysfunctional collective comes together for Clare's trademark climactic battle, cinematic as always. Clare loyalists will be pleased by connections to the contemporary Mortal Instruments series. The unusual, satisfyingly indulgent conclusion will leave fans emotionally satiated. (Steampunk. 13-17)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Danger and betrayal, love and loss, secrets and enchantment are woven together in the breathtaking finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices Trilogy, prequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.<br> <br> THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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?<br> <br> 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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