The Infernal Devices: A Book Review

A book review on Cassandra Clare’s “The Infernal Devices” series, including the ratings from different websites.


Jasmine Washington

Whatever you are physically, male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy – all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.”           -Jem Carstairs, “Clockwork Angel,” Cassandra Clare 

Following the three novels in the Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare created one of my favorite series I’ve ever read; her prequel series, The Infernal Devices. The year is 1878 in London, England. After a peace treaty was signed between the two worlds we focused on, in “The Mortal Instruments,” the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders, a brutal war is brewing in the Shadowhunters world. Our main character, Tessa Gray, goes to London in search of her missing brother.

   On the way, she meets the members of the Shadowhunters world, including Jem Carstairs and Will Herondale, who she finds herself instantly attracted to. As she falls into the world of Shadowhunters, she also learns about the war bound to happen between the Shadowhunters and the Pandemonium Club. This is a group of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans, all working together to take down the British Empire. 

   The only way for the Pandemonium Club to be stopped is by the Shadowhunters, humans with angel blood that slay demons to make the mortal world a better place. For Tessa, she and her friends must find some way to stop them, and soon.

   This series was pleasantly surprising. As good as The Mortal Instruments series is, I really loved reading The Infernal Devices. There were so many plot twists, beautiful characters, and amazing storylines that it was hard not to fall in love with the series. 

   If you are a fan of urban fantasy, books set in olden times, paranormal romance, diversity, and young adult fiction, I definitely suggest this prequel series to you. And, an even better bonus – this story involves a love triangle. However, this is not a love triangle where the two boys strongly dislike each other for her. Jem and Will are best friends; parabatai – brothers who are forever bound to each other until one dies. 

   Both boys care about each other, and they also deeply care about Tessa. This is a love triangle that I’ve never really seen before, and I loved reading it. Almost every single character from this story I simply loved, but my favorites will always be Magnus Bane and Jessa (Jem and Tessa’s ship name)…you, of course, don’t have to agree with that.

  As for the reviews of this series, they’ve always been pretty high. For the first novel, Clockwork Angel, the rating on Goodreads is 4.3 out of 5 stars. On Barnes and Noble, it’s rating was 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you’re looking to purchase the first book on Amazon, it’s rating is 4.7 out of 5 stars.

   The second novel in this trilogy, Clockwork Prince, received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, 4.7 out of 5 stars on Barnes and Noble, and 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The last novel in this series (which was ultimately heartbreaking and bound to make anyone cry for reasons), Clockwork Princess, this book received 4.6 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, 4.7 out of 5 stars on Barnes and Noble, and 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon. 

   If you are around 13 or older, I definitely recommend this trilogy to you. In fact, I recommend the entire series! Cassandra Clare’s beautiful writing, words, and characters will stay engraved in your mind for a lifetime, and I promise you it’s a decision you won’t regret. 

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