Mon, June 16, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare Review

City of Heavenly Fire book cover

City of Heavenly Fire book cover

City of Heavenly Fire
By Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Margaret K. McElderry, 725 pages
Source: Purchased

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!

— description

Wow. I can’t believe we’re finally here: The end of The Mortal Instruments series.

It’s been six books, a KAJILLION pages and — let’s be honest — some iffy points here and there. *cough* books four & five *cough*

But, the journey has been so worth it. It was such a treat to watch everything (and I mean EVERYTHING, including the entire Infernal Devices/Clockwork series) come full circle.

Yes, the book actually ends. It’s not a series that just … leaves you hanging. Phew, right? I was seriously worried about that, but actually ended up 100% satisfied with the ending, and actually really quite excited for Cassie’s next series.

That’s the Dark Artifices series, which starts with Lady Midnight in March. In City of Heavenly Fire we meet — and, in my case, fall in love with — the characters, so I’m thrilled to read more Shadowhunter stories in the years ahead.

Truly, if you haven’t finished this series: Keep reading. I really marveled at how beautifully it all weaved together. The plotting and foresight and planning that must have taken! Wow!

All in all, City of Heavenly Fire felt like a BRICK in purse…but all that heavy lifting was worth it for such a funny and heartbreaking and well done story.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) said:

    I actually just won a contest and won the entire series. I’ve only read the first one, and it seemed like so many pages I was scared to continue. Glad to know it’s worth it though when I stop being scared and just start reading!


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  2. Anna said:

    I totally agree with your review! I love how it was all tied up at the end… but it was sad that it just felt so.. final. Clary, Jace, Alec, Simon, and Isabelle have became such a huge part of my life (sounds sad, doesn’t it?) as this was one of the first books that got me hooked into the YA genre. So sad to see that it’s over, but at the same time, you can’t ask for a better ending.


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  3. Emma said:

    Agreed! It was a very satisfying ending. I appreciated that obviously some planning went into plotting out the story. A lot of crud is written about Ms. Clare but I’ve maintained from the beginning that she can craft a story for sure. And, I wasn’t planning on reading the next series, but I agree with you that she successfully planted the claws in deep enough that I’m hooked for that one too. It was a fun ride. I too was a little sad that it was over.


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  4. Maddie said:

    I love The Mortal Instruments series! I totally agree with the ending, very satisfying! And the TDA characters were awesome!
    I hope this doesn’t seem out of line, my apologies if it does. I am a teenager who just recently started a blog on YA fiction and was looking for advice from a successful blogger of the same topic to answer some of my questions. How long have you been blogging? And how long did it take for it to really pick up? I have only just started, but I am looking for some answers. Once again, sorry if it is out of line to post a comment like this on your blog. I was just hoping for some advice 🙂


    Anna Reply:

    Hi Maddie! Thanks for commenting — I’d love to help you out. Shoot me an email if you want to chat: annareadsbooks at gmail dot com.


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  5. Ashlee said:

    To be honest, I wasn’t really thrilled to start this book, because, yes, the series dragged. But it was the last, so I figured I should read it. And I couldn’t put it down! I love how it ended.


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  6. Karissa said:

    I kind of skimmed City of Heavenly Fire recently when I was able to get it. That’s a bad habit of mine. 😡 I hope I can pick up the book again soon enough and actually read it. I loved the series and the prequel to it!


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