City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments) Paperback – 1 Sep 2015
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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We got to see what a demon realm looks like and find out more about how/why demons operate, and you could see how much the main characters have changed over the course of the series. The ending brought together all the different strands and dilemmas and was bittersweet due to what happened to Simon, which I liked as otherwise it would have been too perfect. I found Sebastian to be quite one-dimensional in the fourth and fifth books, but he seemed to develop more in this book too. I’m glad that Alec and Magnus came to terms with their differences as they’ve been my favourite couple throughout the series!
I loved the way the plot linked in with The Infernal Devices, which I enjoyed even more than TMI, and it was great to see the reappearance of Jem/Zachariah and Tessa and understand how he was cured of his sickness. You don’t have to have read TID to understand the Zachariah storyline as it does stand alone, but it will be more meaningful if you know the background of Jem, Tessa and Will.
Until I read this book I thought the series should have stayed as a trilogy. The major twists about Clary and Jace’s parentage and relationship to each other had all been revealed at that point and the plot after that never felt as strong, with very little new information and too much emphasis on romance. But the sixth book was definitely worth it as new concepts were brought in and there was more focus just on the main characters and their development. I’m not sure that it was necessary for the final book to be so long, but I did enjoy it and the conclusion to the series was satisfying. This novel also introduces the characters of Clare’s next Shadowhunter series, the Dark Artifices, and now I can’t wait to start reading Lady Midnight!
Cassandra did her best to focus on all the main characters in the series, giving them the time they deserve for character development. Sometimes however, i think that she should have left some characters out instead of focusing on them for the sake of it. Furthermore, beware of the insane amount of teen romance on this book. For some reason I have been craving for this sort of melodrama and this book just hit the spot. I really did enjoy it and finished it in a few days.
The ending was incredibly atmospheric and it was cute, although unrealistic and a little too sugary. The whole book revolves around the universe bending to suit Jace & Clary's every wish and it does become annoying, but by this point we as readers are used to it.
Also i loved the set up for the newest series and the participation of characters from the Infernal Devices just melted my heart.
If you're looking for teen drama, this book is it. Also, if you've been keeping up with the mortal instruments, you might as well finish it, no?
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Sebastian, probably the best villain i have come across in a while (at least in teen fiction books) is a crazy bastard and his relationship with the fair folk came as a surprise to me, although his motives still made no sense to me. He wanted to rule over a barren wasteland? Right.
Cassandra's focus on every character was welcome as the whole Clary & Jace thing becomes sickening after you read about them for over 3 books, specially in this one, it seems like the world will simply bend to make their every wishes come true , that for sure becomes annoying. Yet it is interesting how Cassandra finally approaches the climax of their relationship. I thought it was sensible and a nice way to write about their intimate moment. The focus on other relationships, specially Magnus and Alec was a nice touch. However the way she wrote Alec's feelings about everyone coming to terms with his sexuality were a bit forced. Nevertheless it's nice to see a book with not just hetero relationships.
The final fight with Sebastian was a little underwhelming but i can think of no other way to go about it. I personally loved him and when he was purified and turned into Jonathan I did grieve. Cassandra's portrayal of Jocelyn dealing with her grievances was well done in my opinion.
Also, the characters that died were handpicked because they were disposable. Did anyone really, honestly care for Raphael, Maureen or Amatis? In such a decisive war people needed to die and Cassandra took the easy way out and picked the disposable ones.
When I thought Simon was gone, I thought it was heartbreaking, but it made sense that at least in some way the protagonists were gonna have to suffer a personal loss. But nah, in the end of course they get everything they want, It was nice, albeit a little exhausting. Lastly, the moment were Clary and Tessa come together felt right, i was almost proud to see these two girls whom i've followed for a while come together, and to see Tessa and *cough*bestcharacter*cough* Jem together really wrapped it up for me.
The book definitely has flaws, but i'm not gonna lie, I'll miss these characters and look forward to cameos in the newest series.