Jun 3, 2014
Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: May 27, 2014
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.
I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?
Cassandra Clare does not disappoint in this final installment of the Mortal Instruments series. I will admit to quite a lot of anxiety about this book, because it is the series finale and there were so many hints of horrible things that were going to happen to these beloved characters.
I don’t want to spoil this book since it is such a new release. I will tell you that it is 730 pages of absolutely breathtakingly amazing writing. I got all the answers that I was looking for, and even some that I didn’t. Yes, there were characters who died but they all served a purpose. I’ve been annoyed in the last few books by the crypticness and lack of answers, this book erased all of that.
The writing was much improved in City of Heavenly Fire, and I think that finally giving us answers really helped in that. There was no longer the need to hint around or foreshadow certain events, this was the culmination of all of that. I want so badly to talk about my favorite things, but I want everyone to be able to read and enjoy this on their own.
I enjoyed that the characters really ended up being able to grow in this book. Clary and Jace’s story is finally over, and I loved that by the end there was the return of the wise-cracking Jace that I fell in love with. Both Jace and Clary grew alot in these last few books, and I really felt like their maturity was felt in the overall ending of the series. Most of these characters grew as people and that of course is my favorite thing in a good book. I think the biggest growth was in Alec, Magnus and Isabelle though. They all learned about sacrifice, and what was worth fighting about and for.
There was also the wonderful explanation of what happened to Brother Zachariah which was only hinted at in the ending of Clockwork Princess. It was so heartbreaking to hear him talk about his past knowing what happened. We also got a sneak preview of the next series, The Dark Artifices. It was a great tie in because those characters actually played a significant role in this final book. I can’t wait to see what happens with them.
I will say that the overall ending was exactly what I hoped for, it was as bittersweet as the ending for Clockwork Princess, not everyone got their happy ending, but it was as happy as it was going to get. I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to one of my all time favorite series. I felt like everything was wrapped up with these characters, and I look forward to seeing more of the Shadowhunter world with new characters. I would give it a full 5 out of 5 stars for being exactly what I hoped for, flaws and all.
5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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