by Cassandra Clare
Read: June 5 - 14, 2014
Published: May 27, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry
Source: Hardcopy Purchase
Category: Angels, Demons, Shadowhunters, Urban Fantasy, YA
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
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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 the six and *final* final story in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. And you know what, I'm glad I stuck with these books until the end. I think the last three, especially this one, were indulgent, but after a bunch of disappointing series ends this year, it was nice to read one that I could rely on.
This was not a quick read for me, mostly because it is Clare's standard third person rotating perspective and we have about 10 point of views present. But I enjoyed reading through this at a leisurely pace. The end didn't blow me away, but it made me happy. There were a few surprises in here, but for the most part, it was everything I expected from a Clare finale.
All of our beloved characters are present in this conlcusion and we get to spend quality time with them. Each of them had growth patterns through the extended 4-6 TMI books, though they still mostly ended up where I expected. Still, I enjoyed seeing Clary and Jace finally working together as a team and solidifying as a couple. Magus and Alec have a rewarding story arc throughout the extended series, and Isabel and Simon get some action as well. Of course in true Clare fashion there are deliberate story arcs with messages she clearly wants to impart through them. Most notably we see this with Maia's plot line.
However, if you are wondering if these books are "necessary" to read, I will say that it is only Simon who has Significant and Surprising changes in this book. Where the other characters end up a little further down the life path we saw them on at the end of City of Glass, Simon's growth is more new and unexpected. I love seeing how different he is from the boy in City of Bones, and I was the most emotional about his storyline in this finale.
The other thing that Cassandra Clare does so well is market her books. In City of Heavenly Fire we are introduced to Emma, Julian and his siblings, who will star in Clare's next series The Dark Artifices (they were actually introduced in the last book, but here they have a more significant role in the plot). I was a little unhappy at first with the major role they played, as the whole prologue is dedicated to them. However, that prologue does become significant to this story, and soon, I was hooked into their lives as well. We also get to see from both Tessa and Brother Zachariah and read some teasers for the book that will take place after The Infernal Devices (I forget the name). Basically, this story ties all of Clare's written and upcoming series together. If you've only read this series, the additions are mostly subtle, but they are there if you know them.
I like seeing characters from different perspectives, and watching as this world expands. However, I'm taking a break from Clare's books for now. If I read any more of them, it will be when a full series set has been released. Still, I did enjoy City of Heavenly Fire, and find it to be a worthy addition to the Shadowhunter universe.
Love Triangle Factor: None
Cliffhanger Scale: Series Conclusion (for the last time?!). Teases The Dark Artifices series pretty heavily, however.