Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Published: May 27, 2014 Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA, Paranormal Fantasy
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads Summary

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!

So much magic, Clary thought, and nothing to mend a broken heart.

This is the ending to a series that I quite enjoyed.

The Good

All the characters that I've come to love through the course of the series get their time to shine in City of Heavenly Fire. All of them have a conclusion of some kind, whether it's death or a Happily Ever After. I appreciate knowing how all of them turned out. Like the 3rd installment, the main group is in a different setting for the majority of the story. All the places they visit are well-detailed and pull me in like I was there myself.

The plot kept my interest. The villain this time around is phenomenal. In the first few books, the group is up against Valentine, a Shadowhunter who is driven by ideas of grandeur. He was obsessed with ruling and ridding the world of Downworlders (vampires, werewolves, fae). Now, the group faces Sebastian, who is a Shadowhunter with demon blood. Sebastian, to me, is far more terrifying. He doesn't even have the capacity for love or empathy. He truly doesn't think like a human, even an evil one, at all and he wants to destroy the entire world.

There was a nice twist thrown in that I didn't see coming. I thought I knew what was going on. There was no way it could have played out the way that I was reading it, but I had no clue. I love being tricked.

The Bad

There are a few characters that show up over and over again that were never in any of the previous books. I was getting really agitated with the story switching to their POVs because I was not invested in their outcome. I finally realized that Clare must be using these characters in her next book. I did a quick Google search, and that was confirmed.

The Romance

There are some huge breakthroughs and setbacks in the relationships in this story. Jace and Clary thankfully got to spend an entire book together so that was absolutely fantastic. It was a great change to get to see their dynamics while actually in a working relationship. Simon and Isabelle, however, had some huge setbacks. I won't spoil there, but it definitely made for some interesting drama while reading. Alec and Magnus? Well, you'll have to read to find out.


So glad that I got to see how each of these characters end their time in the spotlight. Clare isn't afraid to kill someone off, and in the same paragraph give someone else an HEA. The twists and turns were fantastic, but the repetition of characters I hadn't seen before was boring. The villain is phenomenal, and the suspense was real. Recommended.


"Heroes aren't always the ones who win," she said. "They're the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don't give up. That's what makes them heroes."

"So what's their plan, hitting Sebastian over the head with Jace until he passes out?"

"Valentine Morgenstern nearly wiped out the Shadowhunters, and his son is twice as clever and six times as evil. And he will not come alone."

He doubled over. Something hot had lanced through him, through his shoulder down through his guts, like a spear of fire. He hit the ground on his knees, crying out.


  1. The best thing ever is an amazing ending to a series. Happy it was good.

  2. I've been planning to read this series since forever!

  3. I was so glad to see every little thing got wrapped up.

  4. It's a fantastic series. I hope you enjoy it when you finally get to it :D

  5. I still need to get my hands on this one but I'm really eager to see how everything will turn out. Your review just made me all the more curious about it :D Glad you enjoyed this one Jaclyn^^

  6. I totally need to read this and get some closure on series. thanks for reivew and glad you enjoyed it.

  7. I kinda skimmed your review because I haven't gotten to this one yet, Jaclyn. I'm glad that you liked it overall. Seems like it was pretty satisfying. And I'm glad...makes me more excited to get to it. :)

  8. I loved the series. Some of the individual endings surprised me. I a have to agree with you on the new characters for the next book feeling out of place. They felt a little force fed. Not my favorite book in the series but still a good ending to one of my favorite series. So no complaints here.

  9. I need to get back to this series. I stopped after book 4. It just didn't work as well for me as the first three did. But I want to keep going and finish it out. Glad you enjoyed it.

  10. I had the same thought about Sebastian as I was reading this- I found him much scarier than Valentine, and Valentine was really scary! Although I don't think any Shadowhunter series will surpass my love for The Infernal Devices, I have to say that Clare did an awesome job concluding The Mortal Instruments.

  11. Sometimes I like to hold out on the end of the series to savor the unknown before it all ends. This was a really great wrap-up to the story though so I really hope you enjoy it :D

  12. I love that all questions are answered. I hope you love it when you read it :D

  13. YAY :D I can't wait to see what you think about it too.

  14. I was really hoping for one as outstanding as the 3rd since she writes three book arcs, but I was really happy with how everything ended.

  15. Book 4 was the worst one of the series for me. I think it was for a lot of readers. If you enjoy the characters and the story, I think you should continue on. The story definitely gets better at the end and wraps things up well for the characters that made it out alive.

  16. I haven't read Infernal Devices yet, but I do know how much you love it. I noticed characters from that series making cameos in this one. I don't know a lot about the characters themselves, but I do like what I've seen so far.

  17. I'm not sure if I'll read the new one or not. I really want to go back to The Infernal Devices. Lee at Rally the Readers gushes about it so I don't think I can ignore it. Plus, there were some of those characters introduced into this one. I may read the new one after that one though.

  18. I'm starting this series next month! I haven't shopped my sister's bookshelves in forever and I know this one is gathering dust. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Will you be reading the book with the characters she just introduced? Great review, Jaclyn!!


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