Review: City of Heavenly Fire

Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) 8755785

Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★

Provided Synopsis: 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!

Review: Well, color me surprised! I went into this book with very little expectations, especially since I did not particularly enjoy books four and five of this series and wished that The Mortal Instruments had ended with book three as Cassandra Clare had originally planned. But, in spite of all the issues I have with her books (such as their repetitive nature, or the constant and eye roll-inducing descriptions of how beautiful Jace is with every couple of paragraphs) there is no doubt that this author knows how to write a good conclusion story.

Don’t get me wrong: this is still a very long book that is ridiculously drawn out in parts. Yet, when it got to the meat of the story it was good. The conflict with Sebastian and his army of dark Shadowhunters ended in a way that was acceptable and made sense. When the twists to the story came they were wonderful due to the unexpected nature of them and the way they settled the story into what can best be described as a ‘completed lull.’ I’ve never been the biggest fan of this series (I really only kept reading because once I start a series I like to see it to its conclusion) but I am fine — also known as slightly indifferent — with where things have ended up, and where they might go. Because interwoven in the story of Clary, Jace and their friends is the rise of another hero and heroine named Emma and Julian, who will come to have their own Shadowhunter series in the future. I had previously thought that Clare needed to move on from the Shadowhunter world, but I am intrigued by the possibilities she has opened up with Emma and Julian because it seems as if readers will receive something different from them. Or at least we can hope? (I’m still not sure if I will bother to read this new series though, because if I am not going to miss the characters from this series then why should I bother with the others?)

In conclusion, I recommend this book. Those who are die-hard fans of the series are sure to adore it, and those who are casual readers such as myself will be content. Do I recommend this series as a whole? I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to answer that, as there have been highs but plenty more lows for me. Come back and ask me in a few months, or something.

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