June 8, 2014

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare


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!

add to goodreadsCity of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date;  May 27, 2014

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Gabby-2013This is it. The last book in The Mortal Instruments series and honestly I can’t believe it. Cassandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire is non-stop. I couldn’t put it down and finished it faster than I would have liked. For the final novel in the series I can proudly say that this is the ending the series deserved. From start to finish, City of Heavenly Fire is the kind of novel that fans are going to eat up and left me absolutely breathless. I cannot emphasize enough how badly fans of the series need to read this novel asap (or maybe stave off on it if you can’t do well with goodbyes).

In City of Heavenly Fire the group is back together (i.e. Simon, Alec, Isabelle, Jace and Clary) in a final stand against Clary’s brother Sebastian and his evil legion of Endarkened Shadowhunters. When Sebastian’s forces begin to attack Institutes around the globe it becomes evident that Sebastian has only one true goal: to kill all of the Shadowhunters. When the Shadowhunters are pushed to their limits and then the unthinkable occurs. With the heavenly fire still inside of him, Jace, Clary and the others must travel beyond our world and into another to defeat Sebastian. People will die, alliances will be broken and nothing will ever be the same.

City of Heavenly Fire was amazing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over just how good it was. The novel begins with action and ends with it. Right from the prologue, things only pick up the pace. Every chapter is better than the last. The stakes are raised. Characters die. And oh, the sass is strong in this one novel. Apart from all of that, relationships are made and broken in City of Heavenly Fire. Demons we haven’t seen before appear. The characters do the impossible and travel from our world to one ruled by demons. This is everything that the final book should have been and more.

Personally, I think that City of Heavenly Fire was the best novel in the series. All of the non-stop action, plot twists and all around fear for the lives of every character was something I wish had been present throughout the entirety of the series. Every page that I flipped had me bracing myself for the worst. Characters who we have known for years are killed off. Things change. And Sebastian, Valentine’s monster and Clary’s obsessive brother, falls into a completely new category of craziness.

His father is hardly half the villain that Sebastian turns out to be. Everything he does it insane. Disgusting and he adds in one-liners into the scenes that leave your skin crawling. Oh Sebastian, how we love you so for being such a great antagonist.

I don’t want to leave any spoilers in this review but I can say that the relationships in each of the pairings are finally defined. We find out who will be together to the end and who won’t make it. The romance in City of Heavenly Fire ranges from cute to red hot sexy, which is a nice break from the terror and action that the novel is mostly made up of.

For a seven-hundred-and-something paged novel (I believe it’s only a few dozen pages less than J.K. Rowling’s HP & The Deathly Hallows), City of Heavenly Fire can be read easily. You don’t want to put it down. And the way that it’s written is that we see everything that happens in every world throughout the story. We see the conflict with the Downworld while Jace and co. are trekking through another world to find Sebastian, and while the Clave tries to protect Idris and Alicante from Sebastian’s Endarkened forces.

I cannot believe that The Mortal Instruments is finally over. It breaks my heart. I would recommend this series to just about anyone. It’s a must-read. Any fans of the series who haven’t read CoHF need to get on it immediately. This is everything a fan wanted and more and now I cannot wait for Lady Midnight!



Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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