Book Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare (SPOILER FREE)


Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal

Released on: May 27th, 2014

Pages: 725

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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 the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance?


Let me start by saying I will NOT be posting any spoilers pertaining to City of Heavenly Fire. You may read a few reactions I had while reading the book, but for the most part, no spoilers.

Okay, let’s dive right in.

I thought it was a very fitting ending to this wonderful series. Granted, I would have been perfectly fine if Cassie decided to end the series with City of Glass because, well let’s admit, it WAS a good ending to a plot line there. But, no. We were graced with City of Fallen Angels and suffice to say, I was disappointed. I didn’t like Fallen Angels and, in fact, I was sort of bored with it. So when Lost Souls came along, I was hesitant to say the least. But much to my surprise (or perhaps because my expectations were already low), I enjoyed Lost Souls! A greater plot emerged and the character of Sebastian developed more and more to the point where I was hooked. AND, by unpopular opinion, I actually started to like Sebastain. Like him in the sense that if he were redeemed in some way, or saved, I’d love him as a character. I think what I loved most about Sebastian’s character is that I could understand what he was trying to accomplish, if that makes sense? Hopefully it does. Basically, I don’t believe people are born evil. They’re made that way. And poor Seb was made that way. So I had hopes for redemption for him after reading Lost Souls.

And that brings us to the final installment in the series, City of Heavenly Fire. I was scared to start. I mean practically shitting bricks, if you can believe it. I was also anxious and at first it was anxiety over holding the VERY LAST BOOK in the series I’d grown so attached to. But as I read through CoHF and the Seb’s plot unraveled, I started to get anxious for a looooot of other reasons. The sense of desperation and fear carried me through out the book and had me biting my nails (which is a bad habit, don’t do it) and clutching my book for dear life. I HAD to know what was going to happen. And that’s always a for sure sign that the book you’re reading is good. If it has you hooked by the balls desperatly wanting to flip that page to see what happens next, you’ve got good one. And City of Heavenly Fire was a good one. That being said, pacing for this book was great. The jumping from different POVs kept me engaged enough. And I say enough because there were some POVs that I was just “ughh hurry up there’s major shit going on with characters A and B, I ain’t got time for you character D!” But still. Each POV revealed something about the characters and how they all intertwined together like an intricately woven cloth, if you will.

Cassandra’s writing style is always top notch. There isn’t much else to say besides I wish I could write descriptions the way she does. Cassie has a way of bein so vivid in just a few words that work so well to put me in that scene and enviorment.

I have to say this now, I love love LOVE Emma and Julian and all the little Blackthorn siblings. Seeing our two protagonists from The Dark Artifices (TDA) in CoHF as youngsters, shadowhunters-in-training, was great. It brought to light that sense of innocence and vulnerability both Emma and Julian have and how that will push them into their own stories, leading them down a path that has been set since the battle taking place in CoHF. Again, it’s awesome to see how that all intertwines and works together. It’ll be easier to understand once you’ve read CoHF, but from what I’ve read of them in COHF, I can tell we’re going to love them.

And I have to make a separate paragraph for all the Clockwork Princess feels this damn book evoked. Literally every scene with Brother Zacharaiah had me bawling and then when he (Not really a SPOILER because we read this in the epilogue of CP2 but whatever) becomes mortal again and interacts with Jace, I just about lose my shit every time. AND THE END SCENES PRODUCE THE BIGGEST CP2 FEELS FROM ME OMG. Sorry. Lost it for a sec, but I’m good now. TID characters do that to me.

And now the ending.. wow. Well a bit before the ending, a certain event happened that I so knew was going to happen but that did not make it hurt any less and I was bawling… Let’s just say some of my hopes from Lost Souls come to light in Heavenly Fire. But, yeah, so hard not to say what without saying spoilers. And yet after that scene that made me bawl my eyes out, everything else just kind of fell flat? Not so flat, but still it seemed like the ending lacked something? Even the direction she went with our beloved Simon seemed to fall flat? I don’t know.

I think the best way to describe my feelings toward the ending was, “oh. that’s it?” Not that that’s a bad thing! Just, unexpected. I was expecting to cry and cry and mourn and shrivel into a ball. But instead I closed my book, sighed, kissed the cover, and said “okay.” It was satisfying, of course. Just not what Cassie had amped it up to be? That’s as much as I’ll say about the ending, ya’ll are just gonna have to read it!

Still, it was a great ending to a great series that left me tender-hearted. All the awards and applause to Miss Cassie Clare for wrapping up The Mortal Instruments series!

Until Lady Midnight, Shadowhunters.

Ave Atque Vale.

– Alex



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