Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spoiler Discussion: The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

We thought it would be fun to have Spoiler Discussions once in awhile to discuss books that we have all read.  Since a lot of people try to keep their reviews (and comments) spoiler-free, it seems as if it keeps everyone from discussing the book in a more substantive way.  Thus, this post is for anyone who has already read The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare and wants to discuss it.  SPOILER ALERT:  DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK.
Here are a few topics/questions for discussion but feel free to discuss whatever you would like:
1.     What did you think about the love triangle?  Was it well done?  
2.     Did Tessa turn to Will too quickly after she finds out about Jem?  
3.     The ending.  What did you think?  I was actually quite happy with it, except it was sad to read about Will dying.  Of course, he lived a long and happy life, but still, you just don't want to think about it.  Some people have expressed anger/cop-out type feelings that Tessa gets to have both Will and Jem and you only have one love in your life, etc.  But I didn't feel that way.  She is going to live forever.  If Will is it, then she's alone for eternity.  So I was happy that Jem gets to have his happily ever after too.  And I thought Tessa said it best when she said:  "They say you cannot love two people equally at once.  And perhaps for others that is so.  But you and Will--you are not like two ordinary people, two people who might have been jealous of each other, or who would have imagined my love for one of them diminished by my love of the other.  You merged your souls when you were both children.  I could not have loved Will so much if I had not loved you as well.  And I could not love you as I do if I had not loved Will as I did."  Do you really think she loved them equally at once? 
4.     A question I had about Tessa and Will.  Since Tessa can shape shift and look however she wants to look, why didn't she just grow old looking with Will?  Then after he died, she could have changed back.  
5.    What did you think about Jem becoming a Silent Brother?  And has anyone heard whether Jem will be in City of Heavenly Fire?  Jem says:  "It has been a hard year, a dark year, for Shadowhunters.  But out of the blood and the fire, the loss and the sorrow, there have been born some great new changes."  
6.     What about Tessa leaving her children?  She stayed with Will, and it obviously hurt her to lose him, and then she knows the same thing is going to happen to Jem:  "Jem was mortal now.  He would grow old like Will, and like Will he would die, and she did not know if she could bear it again."

Please post a comment--we would love to hear your thoughts on these questions or anything else! 

Posted by: Pam


  1. 1. I usually hate love triangles, but this one was very well done. It wasn't obvious who Tessa would choose and both boys were lovable:)
    3. I agree with you there. The ending satisfied both Team Will and Team Jem people. And yes, I think you can have more 'loves of your life'.
    4. I think she can only take the shape of others, she can't age her own shape. It would have been a good solution though:)
    5. I found it pretty creepy, but better than him being totally dead. But I did not really understand how he could have quit the Brothers in the end..

    - Nice discussion post :)

    1. I wasn't thinking about how she had to take the shape of others, but that makes sense. Just awkward for her to look 20 and Will to be so old looking. I'm thinking that Jem getting "cured" will be in the City of Heavenly Fire so we'll see how that happened. And then the question will be whether Tessa and Jem will be in the new series that is set in Los Angeles.