Monday, June 8, 2015

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

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 was a more or less satisfying conclusion to the series.

In City of Heavenly Fire, it's time for the final showdown between Sebastian and the Endarkened and Jace, Clary, etc. and the Shadowhunters.

I liked that the conclusion and the fates of the different groups and characters weren't all happy and neat. War of this magnitude rarely leaves anyone unscathed, and the book was able to show that, even if some loved characters weren't able to make it to the end of the book. The book does end on a relatively positive note for the main characters, so at least you aren't depressed after closing the book.

As usual, Jace, Simon and Alec had some very funny moments. I was especially amused by "drunk" Simon. That scene alone lifted my mood since I started the book on a not so high note because of the introduction of a new character.

Emma is a young girl who is training to be a Shadowhunter. To be honest, I didn't think she was essential to the story at all. Her role in most scenes could have been filled by another already existing character. That could have helped tighten up the storytelling a bit. It seems to me like the only reason she was introduced was because she will play a pivotal role in a future series set in this world. Plus, she reminds me a lot of Clary, whom I'm not too fond of.


  1. The conclusion was more or less satisfying.
  2. The ending was sort of happy.
  3. There were some interesting plot twists. 


  1. There were some new characters introduced who didn't feel necessary to the plot.  

“Maureen wants to touch you,” Clary said with a sideways grin. “Bad touch.” 

  1. You want to see how this series ends.
  2. You liked the first books.
  3. You want to see what happens to Alec and Magnus, Simon and Isabelle, and Jace and Clary. 



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