June 30, 2014

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

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: May 27, 2014
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Book Description:

Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. 

Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to 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 of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian, but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

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It was a bittersweet moment for me when I found out that "City of Heavenly Fire" by Cassandra Clare came out last month. As always, I was excited to read the new installment of her "The Mortal Instruments" series, but I was sad that this would be the last book with the characters I've become so attached to.

"The Mortal Instruments" series opened up a world full of demons and Shadowhunters (those who protect the world from demons), and we follow the story of a group of teenagers as they battle those who are trying to disturb the peace they try so hard to protect. The main character, Clary, just found out about this world when she meets Shadowhunter Jace and finds herself in the middle of all of the chaos of battle. "City of Heavenly Fire" is the conclusion to that battle, and I'm happy to say that it was a satisfying one.

All too often, the last book of a series can be a huge disappointment (I'm looking at you "Allegiant" and "Mockingjay"), and I was glad that this series I've invested so much time in ended on a good note. "City of Heavenly Fire" is book six of "The Mortal Instruments", and the action of the first five books continues throughout without skipping a beat.

Totaling in at a massive 733 pages, the book seems daunting at first, but once you get reading, you can't help but find yourself turning the pages and all of a sudden you're hundreds of pages in. Clare writes in a way where the action never really stops at the end of the chapter, so you're tempted to just keep reading. I love that about the books. It's easy to get lost in the Shadowhunter world through Clare's writing, and now that the series is over I find myself missing Clary, Jace, and all of their friends.

Throughout the book there are also references to Clare's spinoff series, "The Infernal Devices". While you don't have to read that series in order to understand "The Mortal Instruments", I would still recommend it. This sixth book has a lot of nods towards the characters and events that took place in that series (which is set in Victorian London), and every reference in "City of Heavenly  Fire" is like a little wink towards those who've read all of the books.

Something else that happened in "City of Heavenly Fire" was that some new and younger Shadowhunters were introduced, leading the way for Clare to construct a whole other series with these new characters. I'm glad that I don't have to completely leave the world of "The Mortal Instruments" behind, even if I won't get to read about my favorite characters (but hey, maybe they'll make some surprise cameos in the new books). As I've already said, "City of Heavenly Fire" was a great conclusion to a wonderful series. The book finished in a way that still left room for further adventures for the characters, but still gave the reader a definite conclusion to hold on to. If you haven't started to read "The Mortal Instruments" yet, now's your time.

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Author Bio:

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.

Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.

She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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