Ohh kay! I just finished Clockwork Princess, the last book in Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy (ID), which is part of the larger Shadow Hunter series. Wow. What a good ending! It makes me want to go back and read the first three Mortal Instrument (MI) books to see what was in them that I didn’t originally know about!
For those of you that don’t know, the Shadow Hunter series started with City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass. In these books we meet Clary Fray, Jace Wayland and Alex and Isabelle Lightwood. Jace, Alec and Izzy are shadow hunters but so it Clary, she just doesn’t know it yet! She was raised mundane and thrown into the shadow world when her crazy father kidnaps her mother and she was nearly killed by a demon. The next three of the MI are City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire which carry on with Jace, Clary, Alec and Izzy. There are many little “easter eggs” in the first three that you will find out when you read ID, which are set in Victorian England and actually star the ancestors of Jace, Clary, Izzy and Alec. My copy of Clockwork Princess has a handy dandy family tree on the dust jacket, which I suggest you only look at if you have already read the first three MI books.
If you read the first three MI books, then the three ID you will find a few well known names and perhaps find out a few beginnings. I’m excited to start City of Fallen Angels (currently on it’s way to me via Canada Post) so I can see who else or what else pops up! And to find the answer to the quested put forth at the end of Clockwork Princess. Oh the feels at the end of that one!
Read the books. You can read them in production order (Cassandra Clare suggests it) but you can also read it chronologically, with Clockwork Angel being first. It won’t reveal any spoilers for the other books no matter which way you decide to read them. I almost think that separating the six MI books with ID is a good way to go, I liked having the little surprises when characters popped up that I didn’t expect. On the other hand, the fore knowledge of ID will have your eyes open for other character pop ups in MI…. decisions!
As I’ve said, I’m looking forward to the next three MI books. I probably should have bought all three at the same time… *sigh*
(oh the fun doesn’t stop with City of Heavenly Fire! We get NEW characters in the Dark Artifices trilogy, starting with Lady Midnight – I love me some epic series!!)
**we also need to take a moment about the hardback covers, if you can see them in person they are gorgeous. All foiled like and shiny. Clockwork Princess is probably my favourite of the ones I have. They even look amazing in B&W**