City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments, book #6
published on May 27th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry
fantasy | paranormal | romance
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!
*This review might contain spoilers.
I think that Clare has finally run out of the good stuff. I’m a fan of the series–bordering on obsessive, actually! So it isn’t a surprise that I’ve been so excitedfor this! I’ve waited for this for 2 years! Which is a total bust, ‘cause it turned out to be the greatest disappointment of 2014 so far. For me, at least.
Plot-wise, everything was creative–although I personally think that it was a bit dragging. It has been ever since City of Fallen Angels. (This is where Aimee inserts herself to say, “YES! It should have ended with book 3.)
Character-wise, City of Heavenly Fire was pretty much shit. Jace was all wrong. Clary was very underdeveloped. Then lovely Emma Carstairs can’t be troubled to stay in her own series! I mean, she a great kid, tough and loyal, but she was taking up so many chapters–I was so looking forward to Clace feels, but hooray! There weren’t any!
Another thing that was shit about it was the writing. I have no idea if this was a recent development or if it was always there throughout all the books, but the writing style was so boring. Then again, it could be the fact that I have been in a reading slump recently.
“I love you, and I’ll love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”
So the writing style led to another problem, which made me seriously rage: the romance didn’t give me any of the feels I wanted/was expecting. I didn’t swoon. I’m suffering from withdrawals.
All I really felt was the need for the book to just end!
A quickie overview:
Read this if: You’re a serious fan of the series. And you’re not in any sort of reading slump.
Don’t read this if: You felt like the books after book 3 were dragging and unnecessary.
There are those moments when Dyan loves all the books she reads. Then there are days when she dislikes them with a burning passion. It depends, really.