Book Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (without spoilers!)

city of heavenly fire coverAuthor: Cassandra Clare

Number of Pages: 733

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Release Date: May 27, 2014

“Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him – must they journey to another world to find the chance?”


People. This book was amazing.

I had mixed feelings going into this book. I absolutely love this series, but I was worried that this final installment wouldn’t meet my extraordinarily high expectations. What if it fell flat and I was left with a sour view of the series? What if something horrible happened to the characters?

Cassandra Clare, I never should have doubted you.

I’m not saying that bad things don’t happen in this novel, because they do. What would the Shadowhunters be without oodles of danger and conflict? What I really found remarkable about this book was Clare’s ability to wrap everything up so thoroughly. This series was long, complex, and contained so many characters that I lost track a long time ago. I was amazed at how effectively she was able to tie all of the loose ends together in a way that was satisfying but still up to the reader’s interpretation. The ending itself was shocking and emotional and fast-paced and everything I had hoped it would be. As per usual, Clare’s writing was beautiful and captivating and brought the story to its full potential.

The relationships in this novel were fantastic! Clary and Jace were great as always, but I really liked Simon and Izzy. They have such an interesting dynamic and it’s less “insta-love” than with Clary and Jace. Simon and Izzy are unsure about a lot of things in their relationship, which seems more realistic to me. I mean, as realistic as it can get between a Shadowhunter and a vampire. Also, I really liked how the relationship between Magnus and Alec was tested and explored in this novel. Character dynamics in general were really well done, and it was so interesting to think about how they have changed since the very first book.

It’s hard to say much more without going into spoilers, so I think I’ll just leave it at that. I guess what I want to say is that this series is definitely worth reading. It’s certainly long, with many books and thousands of pages, but I believe that it’s really worth the investment of time. There are so many great themes and perspectives discussed in this series that I think there’s a little something for everyone. City of Heavenly Fire definitely lives up to the rest of the series!

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments section below!



5 thoughts on “Book Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (without spoilers!)

  1. I loved the book so much, and exactly like you said Clare wrapped up everything so that the ending was incredibly satisfying, I was left kind of wondering at the end though whether or not Simon would get all his memories back over time or just have to start his life with them over again.


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