“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.”
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: The last of this trilogy is a must read, trust me!
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
THE INFERNAL DEVICES WILL NEVER STOP COMING
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, 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.
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?
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.
“You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.”
Great conclusion with a wonderful epilogue that, even if I wasn’t very sure about how I’d react, was perfect under every aspect.
This review contains spoilers!!
The second book ended in a very painful way, Will was heartbroken and only breathing was difficult for him, poor boy. Will confessed his love to Tessa soon after he found out he didn’t have a curse after all and that he could love and let people love him without any danger. It’s a pity that his bitchy behavior drove Tessa away and made her have doubts about Will’s real feelings so she developed other, stronger feelings, for Jem, with whom she spent a lot of time together. Our heart is big enough to contain not only one love, but multiple loved, without one being less strong than the other. That’s exactly what happened to Tessa. Well, I wouldn’t have made some of the decisions she made but she is much younger than me, living more than 130 years ago, she couldn’t know 100% what she was doing, right?
“Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure.”
Will is, as usual, melodramatic. He admits it and indeed he is that way. Will is doing his best to be happy for Jem and Tessa’s engagement, he has to pretend that his world hasn’t just turned upside down and that everything is okay. Unfortunately it isn’t so and every time he sees Tessa a little bit of him dies a little. Moreover there is Jem who seems to be getting worse every day and the hope of finding a cure is almost nonexistent.
“It has been the privilege and the honor of my life to know you.”
Jem made a rushed decision for love with maybe one of the worst consequences one can imagine. Love makes us less smart a little too often and we only think of the present. If you stop to think a little you understand how that kind of decision can bring a happy present but the world around starts crumbling in pieces and there’s not way of going back. Jem didn’t understand that or maybe he didn’t want to think about it because that would’ve taken away from him happy moments with Tessa that otherwise he couldn’t have got. Jem is such a strong character, in this book more than in the ones before, he shows us that he can be less sweet but more determined in his choices. He thought more of himself than the others for once, leaving the others to think for themselves.
“And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.”
Another character I loved was Magnus Bane. You can see how his love (or tolerance) for shadowhunters starts. He finds them fascinating, they bring lots of trouble but has so many interesting layers. He was already in the world so many years before the first shadowhunter appeared and maybe he will be there when they’ll be gone, but for now he is starting to understand more about them. I find really interesting that he knew a lot of Alec’s ancestors. I wish he’d tell that story to Alec one day.
“A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus.
Magnus waved a hand. “All Lightwoods look the same to me.”
I will miss all the character in this series, not only Will, Tessa and Jem. I will miss Charlotte and her determination, young but with so many responsibilities; Henry and his genius inventions which sometimes work as they should. Luckily they work and shadowhunters from that age on will have easier lives because of him. Sophie who for once stopped being the girl with the scar but a warrior, honest and deserving of all the love that she receives. The Lightwood brothers, Gabriel and Gideon, very different from each other, with their strong character and willing to take risks to make amend for mistakes done. I will miss very much the new entry, Cecily Herondale, Will’s sister. Little but lethal, she shows from the very beginning all she could do, how strong she really was. She faces all the missions head high, she is not easily afraid and, differently from her brother, when she has feelings she shows them and do something about it. She takes what she wants, she doesn’t wait for anyone! Good for you, Cecy!
As I was saying, the epilogue was the perfect conclusion to the series. It takes place a lot of years after the ending of the book and it also takes place some time after the ending of City of Heavenly Fire (that I’m still reading). Things happen, good and sadly also bad, that’s life, future is never already written, you face what you have in front of you the best you can, you make mistakes on the way, but you don’t forget to love and to allow people to love you back. It’s never too late to open your own heart.
“Tessa touched his wrist lightly with her hand. “Be brave,” she said. “It’s not a duck, is it?”
Do I recommend it? Yes, love triangles are STILL tiring but not as much as before.