I'm not the biggest fan of the happily ever after epilogues, but Cassandra Clare made it work very well and had me crying page after page. The book contained many unexpected turns which made it fresh and intriguing despite certain clichés I had to roll my eyes at, and the end followed said fashion and gave me an unexpected surprise during the last pages.
I liked how Tessa actually loved both Will and Jem. I wasn't so convinced with Jem becoming a Silent Brother at first, yet it made sense in the end. And now that I know I'm ok with that. There was more in that turn of the events than just a cheap trick to leave Tessa and Will together, as I had thought previously.
As much as I like the couple Cecily and Gabriel made, I felt it was too forced from the beginning. I'm not a big fan of "Pair up all the characters!". But no matter how cliché and predictable they were, I loved both Cecily and Gabriel, and Sophie and Gideon. Sophie becoming a Shadowhunter was predictable too, yet it felt like the right thing. She was fantastic and deserved it.
These books are full of strong female characters, and I love that. Tessa didn't let herself be the victim. She fought. And she actually saved the day. She might not had been a trained Shadowhunter, but she was smart and knew how to make good use of her power. In the end, it wasn't force what defeated Mortmain; it was cleverness.
Did I tell you I love Magnus Bane?
I loved this series, so I'm looking forward to reading The Mortal Instruments soon. I hope it doesn't disappoint. The Infernal Devices surpassed my original expectations.