Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “In this dazzling 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, 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. When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alex 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…”
Review: Altogether, I think City of Heavenly Fire ended the Mortal Instruments series on a relatively high note. I felt like the demon realm journey undertaken by the main characters in an attempt to defeat Sebastian was unnecessarily lengthy, but Clare’s writing did seem to improve as the book went on, with several moments that were laugh-out-loud funny and others that really captured certain aspects of the human experience. For example, I laughed at the the following comment by Clary, which was made after Jace was attacked by a demon and, upon rescue, acted very nonchalant.
“Fine? If your definition of ‘fine’ suddenly includes becoming a snack for a flying death turtle, then we are going to have words, Jace Lightwood -“
Clare’s description of why Clary was crying at the end of the novel also really resonated with me. She wrote:
“… and she wept for herself and the changes that had been wrought in her, because sometimes even change for the better felt a little like death.”
In the end, I am glad to have finally made it through the entire Mortal Instruments series, and I am also looking forward to reading Clare’s new novel, Lady Midnight, which follows the lives of City of Heavenly Fire secondary characters, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn.
“Freely we serve
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall.”