Thursday, July 31, 2014

YA Review - City of Heavenly Fire

Today I'm reviewing City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

More after the jump!
Summary from Goodreads: 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!

Review: City of Heavenly Fire is a thrilling conclusion to The Mortal Instruments series. It has everything we've come to know and love in TMI: Characters die, stupid decisions are made by The Clave, and there are fun sexy times with our favorite ships (Malec FTW!). I won't give any spoilers, but I was skeptical about the size of the book after how long City of Lost Souls was because I didn't think there was that much more to tell, honestly. However, I sit corrected, because every page was needed in this 725 page behemoth. I also love how Clare left certain loose ends to be tied up in Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices series. I am at peace with where all of the characters ended up (or didn't, in some cases), and I understand that The Dark Artifices series will focus on different characters, but I still don't really understand how the other characters of TMI won't make appearances since they are still undoubtedly enmeshed in the shadowhunter world. Although, I imagine they will just be cameos so as not to completely detract and/or distract from the TDA characters. That's another thing, I was worried that the characters in TDA would be lame knockoffs of TMI to basically redo the Clary/Jace, et al story, but as you read City of Heavenly Fire those characters that will be the focus in TDA are introduced and I already think they're awesome and can't wait for Lady Midnight. In short, if you're a fan of The Mortal Instruments, City of Heavenly Fire offers up the satisfying conclusion we have all been waiting for since City of Bones.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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