Monday, June 23, 2014

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Heavenly Fire 
Series: The Mortal Instruments 
Book #: Six 
Author: Cassandra Clare 
Release Date: May 27, 3014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry   
Source: Bought 

My Rating: fullfullfullfullfull

"Erchomai," 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? (taken from

Okay, first and foremost, I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare's previous novels. I've hungrily awaited this final installment for YEARS. Not one, but TWO FULL YEARS OF TORTURE. To finally possess this 700 page beauty is truly a long-anticipated treat. Part of me yearned to devour the story in one sitting, but I convinced myself to make this final Mortal Instruments novel last. The thought of never reading a new tale about Jace, Clary, Simon, and other lovable members of the TMI cast hurts. 

When I first saw that Clare was continuing the series after City of Glass, I was unsure. I didn't see how she could whip up a believable and entertaining plot line. However, so many of the story's elements came together in this sixth book. I can confidently say that she pulled it off. 

City of Heavenly Fire differs from its prequels in several areas. Like with many series' conclusions, the novel steps up the intensity and tones down the humor/comic relief. While I did miss some of Clare's hilarious wit, I understand that the plot's deadly twists and turns call for a more serious tone. And don't fret, Jace still inserts a cocky jab every now and then, just for old times sake. 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Cassandra Clare is a master character developer. Even when she introduces a new character, I cannot help but fall in love with him. Her detailed yet quirky descriptions build fictional personalities any reader can bond with. Similarly, her extensive world-building over the past five books allowed me to fully immerse myself in this final chapter of the TMI tale. 

I'm horrified to see this series reach the finale, but let's face the time old cliche: all good things must come to an end. I was more than happy with the way things ended, and I can honestly say this series never failed to entertain. 

Farewell, TMI series. You've been a wonderful part of the decade. Bravo, Clare, for creating a world I loved being a part of.