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City of Heavenly Fire

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City of Heavenly Fire

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…

I had conflicted feelings about the end of The Mortal Instrumentsseries --- parts were less than what I expected, and other parts far exceeded my expectations. There were things about it that I loved, but I felt that some things didn’t have a satisfying enough resolution. But you can’t do everything in one book, so all in all, I thought this was a very good end to the series. Many loose ends were tied up and the resolution left me content.

The best thing about Clare’s writing, in my opinion, is the way she can make you feel conflicting emotions at the same time.

One of my favorite things about this book was how it was jam-packed with action from the very beginning. Clare doesn’t spend a lot of time setting everything up. Admittedly, that could be because this is the last book in the series so there doesn’t need to be very much world-building. The book jumps straight into action and doesn’t take a long time introducing everything, which is something I find to be unique and something that I enjoy.

 

The best thing about Clare’s writing, in my opinion, is the way she can make you feel conflicting emotions at the same time.There were certain parts in the book where I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry so I would end up doing both. Everything is very poetic but there are also moments where you can’t help but laugh out loud. Her writing never fails to affect me emotionally. She also always manages to surprise me with her twists and turns; even though we know there will be twists and turns, we never know exactly what to expect.

Overall, I liked CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE. It was a good end to a very good series. The ending was unexpected but then again, when are any of Clare’s endings expected? It left me feeling satisfied and really, that’s all I can ask for in an end to a big series like this one. 

~~~SPOILER SECTION~~~

The ending. How...what…when...I was incapable of forming coherent thoughts. I really thought that Clary had joined Sebastian and that everything was over. But she hadn’t done that and everything was not over. Then, we see Sebastian as what he would have been like without the demon blood in him. That was a very big shock. I never expected to see what he would have been like had circumstances been different. And it was even more shocking when he started speaking. It’s hard to imagine someone who was so evil before be...good. Even if it was only for a short time, I liked that we got to see Jonathan Morgenstern. Then, as if that wasn’t enough to completely rip your heart out and leave you in pieces, Simon gives up his immortality and his memories so they can all go back to their own world and not be stuck in the demon dimension. The ending was a whirlwind of emotions for me but then again, when is it not?

Reviewed by Pranshu A., Teen Board Member on June 25, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare

  • Publication Date: May 27, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • ISBN-10: 1442416890
  • ISBN-13: 9781442416895