Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire

8755785Title: City of Heavenly Fire

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. Elderry

Release Date: May 27th, 2014

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: “In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!” – Goodreads

It’s always bittersweet when you finish a series you’ve been reading for years. I began reading The Mortal Instruments series five years ago, and to see it come to a close now is like parting with a piece of my younger teenage years. Better yet, it was a good ending! There’s nothing worse than being disappointed with the conclusion of a series’ that you’ve seen through to the end.

The characters are in full form, complete with dynamic interactions between each other and the world around them. In the past few books, I just wasn’t quite “feeling it” character-wise. They were good, but didn’t get me in the heart. Yet there’s no more of that here, and the story does all that much better because of it.

I’ll admit I initially didn’t care for the Jules, Emma, & co. side story, but by the end I had better feelings towards them. Plus, they’re getting their own series soon! It’ll be interesting to see where that takes us.

Oh boy, the plot!It took some much-enjoyed twists I didn’t see coming. The *big surprise twist* at the end I did predict though. Huh. Funny how that works, but throughout the rest of the book that was probably the only thing I got right. I’d much rather be able to guess one big plot point correctly than the small ones that make up a larger part of the ride.

The scope of the story was rich in depth and imagination, as the previous books had been as well. The one downside of the book is that I felt it was a bit overinflated. I don’t mind reading long books, but it just took a little too long to get from point A to point B sometimes. A bit much fluff for my liking.

Overall, City of Heavenly Fire is great conclusion to a fun series, with wonderful characters, an involved plot, and twist after turn. I’m sad to see it go, but I could think of no better send off than the one it was given.


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