City Of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire - Cassandra Clare

Synopsis

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? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world change in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!

 

 

Review

 

The final book of the Mortal Instrument series, sad to see it finally end. There is only a few book series out there that I'm obsessed over, and I'm happy to say this series is one of them.

 

I'm going to do something a little different for this review. The first part will be spoiler free, and the second will be spoilers. Why? Well there is no way I can talk about this book without mentioning major events that happened throughout this book.

 

SPOILER FREE

 

As soon as I started reading this book it was already full of action. So many things happening and of course not a lot of good things. There is going to be a big battle coming soon, so of course terrible things are going down. Sebastian/Jonathan is still out there planning the destruction of all Nephilim. 

 

I think the only reason this book is much bigger than the previous novels is because the many different point of views we get. I can't even tell you how many people we got to experience through their eyes. 

I don't think Cassandra Clare dragged it on or wrote unnecessary scenarios to make the final book that big (my edition 638 pages). Yes there were a few things I had problems with, but I'll save that for the spoiler section.

 

The only sad thing was, even though I was never spoiled, knowing nothing going into this, everything still felt predictable. I knew Jace and Clary's plan at the end, it was basically a no-brainer. As for the other "major" plot turns, I was never shocked. Cassandra Clare never kept me in suspense throughout this novel, not like the previous ones. 

 

Now onto the spoiler section.

 

SPOILER

 

Now let's talk about this book more in detail. 

 

I want to start by talking about all the things I didn't like about this book, which is why I didn't give it that extra star rating:

The name dropping in this book was to a point I wanted to smack it against my head. Yes I get it, you want to link this series to the Infernal Devices series by bringing in Tessa and Jem. It constantly felt like every time she wrote Tessa's name, Cassandra Clare wanted to get some sort of reaction from us. For me, all I felt was yes I get it, can we move on to more important things. Tessa was the hero in that other series, not this one. 

The foreshadowing......I wonder what the next series in the Shadowhunters is going to be about? Let me guess, Emma Carstairs, not only a point of view character in this book, but also on her own mission? That wasn't extremely painful, more like obvious.

 

Now onto the deaths in this book:

Jordan Kyle. I actually felt sorry for him, not only did he die thinking Maia loved him, but I felt like Cassandra Clare needed to kill him off because of that. It's like she decided, "How am I going to get Maia single again? How can I get rid of Jordan without making him look like a bad guy? I want my readers to be shocked". Answer, kill him off. Odd because as soon as Jordan died, I didn't like Maia any more. 

Raphael. This was my one shock moment. I did not see this coming at all. 

Sebastian/Jonathan. Even though he is the most evil character and is supposed to be the enemy, he is also the only character that I shed a tear when he died. Reading how all that evil was washed out of him and showing what he would truly look like if his father didn't pump him with demon blood. It was heart breaking to think of the person he should of been and never was. 

 

Let's talk about the things I do like about this book, because the more I think about the things I don't like, the more reason I should give this book fewer stars.

Even though there were a few problems, I still absolutely loved this book. Well paced, great character development from Clary and Simon. Going from weak mundanes to these strong characters, hats off to Cassandra Clare's writing skill. 

 

And finally after six books my otp (one true pairing) finally get that "happy ending". I've never read a couple going through that much drama than those two. 

Can I talk about the sex scene? So they are all in a demon realm prepared to finally have their last battle with Sebastian/Jonathan, and yes there is that "I might die" going through their heads. Am I the only one who found it odd that Jace happened to bring a condom with him? 

Before they left for the demon realm, Jace still had the heavenly fire in him knowing he can't get that close to Clary because of it. But he still brought a condom? I'm still completely confused by this. Please tell me I'm not the only one who found this odd.

 

Now that I've finally finished the series, I'm happy there will be a TV show starting in January 2016, because I really don't want to let go of these characters. 

Will I continue with the Shadowhunter series? Of course I will, you can never leave this world once your in it.