Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)City of Heavenly Fire
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare
YA Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Hardcover725 Pages
May 27th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry

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!
   

My Review

This series started off well for me in the first two books, but then went kind of downhill after that, so I was a little worried if I would like this final book for this series in Clare's shadowhunter world. I shouldn't have worried. I sped through this book even in its seven hundred plus pages with its amazing characters, intense plot, insurmountable odds, and the beauty of friendship, family, and love.

Really. I never tire of Jace, Clary, Isabelle, Alec, and Simon. I love the dialogue between them and the camaraderie that exists between them all after having undergone so much together. There was so much history there. I also loved the new characters that were introduced (I can see the potential for future stories there), and the old ones who made appearances. I literally beamed when Jem and Tessa decided to grace the pages. Mystery revealed if you read The Infernal Devices. That is all I will say. Although, I will also say that I would not be adverse to seeing them pop up again in future books with Emma Carstairs' introduction in this one.

Clare did in City of Heavenly Fire what she does so well: connect readers with her characters while they hold on to dear life to their story. She really worked up the climax in this one as well, especially by switching POV's back and forth just when pieces of information were being expounded or when something important was about to happen. I wanted to slam the book down on multiple occasions. Of course I couldn't because I had to find out what would happen next, so I had to keep reading. ;) Again, Clare's writing was fabulous! There was such great dialogue and I loved so many moments. Lots of possible quotes and words of wisdom from this one. 

My only gripes would be that it could have been shorter and that I would have liked it cleaner. Besides that, this was a fabulous read!

Content: (Highlight to read.) Language, innuendo, violence, sex, homosexual scenes.

Source: Library


Will you be reading City of Heavenly Fire, if you haven't already?

27 comments

  1. That's what I thought too. I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  2. I've heard it's hilarious, so I'm looking forward to some good laughs. :)

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  3. It should be a great chick-lit! :D

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  4. I've heard great things. Hopefully I'll be getting to it soon!

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  5. I have it from them too, so I'm dying to start it. I've been trying to get through a bunch of books. It's so easy to get behind and to request more than you can read!

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  6. I've heard good things so far. Hopefully I'll really like it.

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  7. I hope we both love it, Jaime!

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  8. I'm hoping it will meet expectations and be as good as I've heard it is.

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  9. Ooo! This one sounds good. :)

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  10. marypreston8/28/14, 3:58 PM

    This series seemed to get away on me & now it's complete it seems. A good thing really. I do enjoy back to back reads with series.

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  11. i will admit that my frustration got the better of me after book 3 and i decided to wait until the final (finally) book released to continue. I am really happy to hear that it actually turned out to be a good read. Guess I need to do some catching up!

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  12. Cali Willette8/28/14, 6:08 PM

    Good review. I loved this book because of all the action. <3 The Infernal Devices is my favorite though. ;)

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  13. I love love love this series. Love it. I am glad you liked this. I might have cried if you said you didn't like it..hehe. Kidding. Every book is different is different for every person.

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  14. I'm really excited about this one too. I'm loving fantasy right now. Great pick! ~Pam

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  15. The middle of the series was so-so for me, but this one was really good.

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  16. I know what you mean. The third through fifth books were so-so, but this last one was really good, though also very long with several story arcs.

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  17. Yay! Someone else you loves The Infernal Devices more! I love that series way beyond this one. I loved seeing Jem again, and Tessa in this one. :)

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  18. Lol! I know what you mean though when you love a book and others don't. :) It is very true that books connect with readers differently.

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  19. Cali Willette8/31/14, 10:10 PM

    If you love Jem and Tessa as much as I do; you should check out Cassandra's tumblr; she has a continuing story with them called After the Bridge. <3

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  20. Haven't there been some great fantasy books out in the past year or so? It seems that a lot of my favorite series are all in that genre.

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  21. Oooh! I'll have to do that. :)

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  22. I loved this whole series (although I do think I love Infernal Devices just a bit more) and I loved this last book. All of the way the characters are connected, the history, etc. Just goes to show you how well thought out and plotted out this series is. And the plot was fast-paced and filled with action, but I love it because of the characters. Everything was tied up, I didn't have any questions that weren't answered, except for what related to the next series. And yes, I hope we get to see Jem and Tessa again!!! I was so nervous for this one, but given the way Infernal Devices ended, I shouldn't have worried. ~Pam

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  23. I like Infernal Devices better too. But, yes, the ending of this one was great and everything fit together so well. Glad I'm not the only one anticipating the next series and seeing more of Jem and Tessa. :)

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  24. Well, I think that gives me the motivation to give it another go!

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