Apr 10, 2015

Review -- City of Heavenly Fire


8755785City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Publisher: McElderry
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 725
Format: Hardcover, Bought


Synopsis:

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!


My Review:
I have finally been able to finish up this series!!! I read all 5 over a year ago, getting close to 2 years ago. So to have to have waited so long for this one was tough!! Then when I finally got ahold of it, I had so many other review books to read I just wasn't able to get to it. I looked at it everyday on my shelf though.

I was so sad the way City of Lost Souls ended. It wasn't that it was bad. It was just I wanted to know what happens to everyone. Then to see how long I had to wait to get it was super tough. I am a big Clary and Jace supporter. I loved them from the beginning. Even though I really liked Simon, I just didn't feel the chemistry nor think they were meant to be in anything other than a friendship.

Jace always seems to have something going on with him. The poor guy can't seem to get a break. Every book seems to throw something at him that he has to deal with. He is so stubborn he tries to deal with all of it on his own as well. This causes him to have breakdowns most of the time but I still love him. He isn't my book boyfriend really, but I love him with Clary. He is such a strong character that sucks you into his personality. I love all his little quirky comments. I loved how you get to see him for who he really is in this book. He was a team with Clary and his family instead of pushing them away. It was a breath of fresh air to see them all together instead of apart.

Clary was just as stubborn as usual, but you see so much growth in her. She has come so far in all this time that it is hard to see her as the girl she started out as. This isn't in a bad way. She turned into a wonderful character with so much depth to herself. She kept her huge heart through it all, which is what makes her the girl that she is. She would die for anyone she loves. The pain she goes through at the end of the book makes you want to hug her. She does all she can though to stay strong through it all and I feel it paid off in the end, even if it will still take some time to get it back to normal.

Alec, Isabelle, Magnus, and Simon are also wonderful in this book. They have also grown so much it is crazy. Though they are more secondary characters they don't feel that way. They all play a huge role in all of this. You get to know each of them as well. They showed such bravery that is unmatched in any book I have read so far. Simon especially. I can't believe the things that he did for everyone. You see them all come together as humans, not nephilim and downworlders. I loved it so much.

I was worried how it would end. I was happy that no one seemed to really die that would have made me sad. There were a couple deaths that I was like oh crap about, but it wasn't a death that made me throw my book either. Everyone I cared about seem to make it throw enough to leave me satisfied. I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say that some of the things that happened did make me want to cry even if death wasn't one of them.

The book is pretty slow through most of it. If you look at how big the book is though, it makes sense. There are so many little things that happen throughout the book that the author works to give as much detail as possible. Though times are slow, they all have a reason in the end. It reminds of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. That book is huge and has so many small slow times in the beginning, but it is all needed to really explain when it is all wrapped up. There is little action spots throughout the book to make it more bearable. The author balances it all nicely to make it easy to keep going along through the pages.

This series wrapped up nicely. You get closure on so many things. I know that in the next series with the Fae we will get to see glimpses I am sure of how they end up even more. I am pretty sure it is easy to tell where things are going to go though. The author shows sympathy and shows up how things will end with little hints that make it nice to be able to picture it all. I wish them all the best in their relationships. They all went through so much and they deserve to be happy!

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