Book Reviews

Book Review: Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare.

I am not usually one that enjoys love stories or happily ever after endings. But this book is so bitter sweet that I was quite shocked and I have found it quite outstanding. I think the whole series has been well worth the read.

The book is written in an exciting way that keeps intrigue and adventure constant. The enclave still continue their war against the clockwork army that Mortmain created. However there is much more at stake this time. Jem’s health is much more delicate of late. So much so he and Tessa decided to make their wedding date sooner. The main reason for his rapid decline being due to Jem’s overuse of the drug that was keeping him alive. Much to the devastation of his parabatai Will and the rest of the institute which had been his home for so long.

I think what really made this story unique is the love triangle between the three. Without giving too much away, the love story works out quite well. And each of them manage to find true love in the end.

Overall I found this book to be well worth reading. It is a fanatic ending to a great series. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the fight for good and evil, in a fantasy fiction skirt of way. Something a little new in an older setting. I give this book a rating of 8.5/10 stars.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (2011).

What a great story. I have always enjoyed the Shadowhunter story lines and this book is no exception. One of the reason’s I am enjoying this series so much I feel is the Victorian era setting. The social beliefs and practices of that time would make a fair challenge to writers trying to add fantasy fiction. However, it seems Cassandra Clare seems to have no issue of building a great story from this time period, producing a fantastic epic fantasy series in The Infernal Instruments.

The storyline itself and the writing style really makes the book a page turner for most readers. There is just enough romance to keep readers wondering what will happen between the characters, almost as much as what will happen in the next adventure the characters are about to embark upon. The books are fairly easy to read, and have just enough language of the Victorian era to make it delightful to follow.

Jem remains my favorite character. His kindness and sensitivity toward everyone in the institute makes him more or less an all around nice guy. Hoewever, recent revelations have made me consider Will a little more completley. He has more of an unfortunate past than I had first assumed giving him a much more alluring personality. I have also found myself feeling more in touch with Tessa. Her character is maturing as the books continue in this saga. She is much more interesting and and brave in this book. She is no where near as innocent as she first seems to be and I feel much more connected with her storyline.

Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this, the second book, in the series, and I feel that there would be many fantasy fiction lovers would enjoy this series for a number of reasons. Mostly for the magical fantasy of the world the author has created. I recommend this book to the young adult age group and older. I believe that younger readers would really enjoy this. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.