Published by Margaret K. McElderry on May 27th 2014
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!
City of Heavenly Fire is easily my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series. I felt like it did a wonderful job of tying up Clary and Jace’s story, connecting with Tessa’s, Jem’s and Wills, as well as, revving us up for the next series featuring new players – Emma and Jules. I’m especially excited for the new series Dark Artifices because I am already in love with Emma and Jules. This new series really has gotten my attention.
But anyways, back to City of Heavenly Fire. Though at times I struggled to keep reading, I thought the overall pace of CoHF was great. I’m normally not a fan of multiple POVS, but with everything happening in TMI’s world affecting a large group of peoples/races, I find multiple POVS were needed for full impact. I may be in the minority here, but out of all of the TMI characters, Jace and Clary are my least favorite. Either they pale in comparison to others like Simon and Magnus, or I just find them plain boring. Luckily, CoHF relied heavily on other’s POVS so I could stay interested in the storyline.
I wasn’t expecting to feel quite as emotional as I ended up feeling while reading CoHF. The previous TMI books have been so-so in my opinion. I think this really goes to show how Clare’s writing has evolved. I could tell that her writing had improved when I started/finished the Infernal Devices series (my favorite shadowhunter series). There are a lot of deaths and sacrifices in this final book, and one in particular did have me tear up.
I’m glad that I stuck with this series because although it’s not an all-time favorite of mine, I do enjoy the world that Clare has created. Shadowhunters are one of the most unique and interesting nephilim stories yet to be written. Clare’s take on angels, demons and so forth is one of the strongest and most interesting takes out there (in my opinion).
Basically I loved this book. And since I’m not an ultimate fan, yet still enjoyed this finale, I believe it’s safe to say that the diehard TMI fans will ADORE this book.
For those that have read this book, I just want to say – LOL. LOL @ Clary’s *3-way suggestion* and a certain *cat kidnapping*