Thursday, June 5, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (book review by Efterpi)

Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 27th 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderly
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Pages: 725
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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!


I cant believe the series is over. I just cant. I mean I have been reading these books for years now, I spend days and nights obsessing over the Mortal Instrument series and not its done.

The final installment of the MI was in one word OUTSTANDING. I didn;t expect that. Uusally the last books in a saga are rushed and sloppy but not with this one. Claire took her time to write everything down in order to satisfy her fans (of course we waited two whole years for the book to come out). There is not one thing that you cant find in the City of Heavenly Fire. Romance -Check. Long conversations – Check. Action – Check. Incest- Check. I loved the fact that there were long conversations in this one, that all the things that had never been told in the previous books are being told in this one. Some may think its tiring but not at all since every single page is filled with important things and confessions everyone have been expecting.

Although, we get to see a lot of Jace and Clary, the romantic scenes are a bit less that in the previous books but those few ones are scorching hot, so detailed and well written in detail that I wanted more more more.
There is a lot of pain and a lot of loss, hate and betrayal but from all this I felt compassion and pity for Sebastian. Beautiful, cruel, psycho Sebastian. I felt that Claire was not fair to him, she never gave him a chance but in the very end when it was too late. I felt sorry for him because deep down he felt alone and unloved. He wanted people to approve of him but no one did, and who wanted the most to be next to him he couldn't have simply because it was his sister. He never knew love and starved for it like a wolf and he tried to gain it the wrong way. It was just sad and unfair.

There are a lot of action scenes in City of Heavenly Fire that are packed up with adrenaline and then they are followed by long conversations. There is one particular scene or more like scenes in a big scene that made me see the possibilities this book could have. That from one story you could make a thousand more with the same characters – how Claire could so easily change the route of the book to something completely different and yet as beautiful.

Jonathan grinned. It was unconcerned happy grin, the grin of a someone who'd never really had much to worry about beyond pretty girls and whether one of his little sisters had eaten the other sister's wedding cake.
I mean think about it. How different the book would be.

Clary sat on the ground, seeing in front of her not the shell of a destroyed town but the eyes of the brother and the sister that she could have.

And then of course there was what I was expecting the most. I always thought of this since I picked up the series but I never read a single innuendo or a single thought in the whole series about it until I reached this little paragraph.

Clary sat up straight. ''You know'', she said ''do you think there's any chance that you two could...'' She gestured between Jace and Alec. ''It would be kind of hot''.

Really? No kidding. I was fangirling so hard when I read these lines. I mean it would just be great a whole new novel by it self.

Apart from the fact that there was a great storytelling and plot, funny, sad, emotional and filled with hate and adreanline scenes that made this book amazing there were also some drawbacks. One of them was the repetition of phrases and words over and over again. Especially some phrases that had been told in previous books they kept being repeated making sure that the reader memorized them.

Also there is a very dragged scene towards the end of the book that really had me skip a couple of lines because the whole argument- conversation went around in circles.

Other than those drawbacks the book itself was amazing and in my opinion a great closure to the series.

And dont forget in less than a year the Dark Articifes will be in our hands and from what I read they promise lots of action and forbidden love.

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