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 world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
I’m not sure what I expected from the final book in the Mortal Instruments series. Well, that’s not exactly true. I expected tears. After all, readers were promised that not everyone would survive and Cassandra Clare did hold true to that particular promise. In a nutshell, City of Heavenly Fire was everything I expected and then some.
You’ll have to forgive me for being vague, but I don’t want to leave any spoilers so therefore I can’t say a whole lot. There were some jaw dropping moments, some revelations that I expected and some that I didn’t. All of that combined had me on the edge of my seat for most of the the 700+ pages.
Yes, there were tears, but not when I expected them. Yes, there were sacrifices made, but not from who I expected to make them. The author sucker punched me more than once, but it was totally worth it.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that even though I’ve enjoyed reading the Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices is my favorite series. I’m not sure why, but I usually attribute it to the fact that Clockwork Angel was the first book that I read in the combined series. For that reason alone, it should come as no surprise that City of Heavenly Fire doesn’t quite compare to the impact that Clockwork Princess had as far as series endings go, but it came close. I think one of the things I liked most about both series is the way they are interwoven. I honestly don’t think that you can get the full affect of either series if you don’t read them both.
The groundwork for the next installment in the Shadow Hunter world was laid in City of Heavenly Fire. The Dark Artifices will continue their story and I’m sure that characters from both the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices will be heard from again. Although some may disagree, ss far as this reader is concerned, that is not a bad thing at all. 😉