REVIEW: Clockwork Princess Manga by HyeKyung Baek & Cassandra Clare
I received this book for free from Orbit in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, HyeKyung Baek
Series: The Infernal Devices: Manga #3
Published by Orbit on 27th May 2014
Genres: fantasy, historical, manga, young adult
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A prequel to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…
I’ve never read a manga before, so I’m not sure what I was thinking when I took one on for review. It was certainly an experience, but not one that I regretted at all. I’ll definitely be reading more graphic novels in the future!
This book is the manga version of Clockwork Princess, which is the third book in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. I first read Clockwork Princess when it came out, so it was really nice to read the manga and revisit the story without taking ages to read the book. The manga allows you to dip in and out of the already existing story, although I did feel as if I couldn’t grasp the whole story like in the book by Cassandra Clare.
The illustrations show incredible talent from the illustrator, HyeKyung Baek. I am always in awe of artwork because I’m not a very artistic person. I can see myself getting used to the manga style, but I didn’t feel it worked well from the point of view of someone who has read the book before. I found it very difficult to work out which characters were which because I already had an image of them in my head.
I think the manga is a great idea to introduce new people to both graphic novels and the original novels by Cassandra Clare. Whilst I would recommend it, it’s not a book I’ll re-read in the future and I wouldn’t be interested in reading any other graphic novels of books I’ve already read unless I had complete faith in it.