City of Heavenly Fire
By Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 27, 2014
Margaret K. McElderry, 725 pages
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!
— Goodreads.com 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.