Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare
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Publication Date: May 27th 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 725
ISBN: 9781481426305
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Source: Own

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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? (Goodreads)
How super excited is everyone now that 'City of Heavenly Fire' is out??? I’ve only been waiting on this book for TWO years now. *Wink* I started reading the book with both anticipation and dread. I wanted to know how the book was going to end, but I was also anxious about it as well; especially after all the rumors floating around the interweb. The book didn’t disappoint, and it’s definitely a great ending to the series.

Since it had been two years since I had read 'City of Lost Souls', I had to read a quick refresher on the series before starting 'City of Heavenly Fire'. (Thank goodness for Wikipedia!)  I’m really glad I decided to do this before I started the book, because there was a lot that I had forgotten.

The characters in this series have been some of my most favorite book characters ever. I think it’s because 'City of Bones' was one of the first books that I read that got me interesting in reading Young Adult books. These characters mean more to me than most do, and it’s going to be hard to part with them now that the series is over. It has been really fun watching them all grow as characters throughout the series. I think I’m definitely going to miss Jace and Clary the most.

The book was definitely better than 'City of Fallen Angels' and 'City of Lost Souls' for me. In the book we meet some new characters, some that are setting the stage for the spin-off series that is coming out in 2015, as well as some characters we’ve met long ago. I LOOOVED seeing these characters again, and it was definitely a highlight of the book for me.

At a whopping 725 pages, you are definitely getting the most bang for your buck with this book. While I really loved the ending of the book, especially the epilogue, it was all a bit … anticlimactic for me. I think there was just so much hype and build-up about the book over the past two years that I had expected something massive to happen, and nothing happened the way I expected it to. So that was kind of a letdown for me. Not saying that I didn’t like the ending, because I do, I just expected more.

Judging by what I’ve read so far, the spin-off sounds like it’s going to be interesting. I hope Clare puts some kind of twist to it so that it doesn’t feel like we are reading the same story over and over again, because I can see it starting to get old after a while.

Overall; I really enjoyed reading ‘City of Heavenly Fire’. As much as I’m going to miss all the characters that I love in this book, I’m glad the series has finally come to an end. Although, I think it would be pretty sweet to see these characters in the future when they are all grown up. (Fingers crossed.) Now I’m looking forward to start ‘The Dark Artifices’ series in early 2015!


  1. I didn't like the ending...I just don't think I'm a fan of Cassandra Clare's endings. I just had spoilery issues with it. Before I even started I was sure that this going to be the last Cassie Clare book for me. I wanted out of the shadow hunter before I even started the CoHF. Still, I really liked it. Well parts. I felt all all +700 pages of this pages.

  2. I feel like I am the only one who isn't excited about this book, haha. I'm happy to see it was a good ending to this series. Nothing is worse than a disappointing conclusion!

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I have a hard time with series where all of the books aren't released yet because of the expectations surrounding it. It's hard for a book to live up to everything you hear leading up to the release. Eventually all good things come to an end - I'm glad you liked it over all. I know it's a popular and well-loved series and maybe someday I'll finish it!

  4. I have to agree with you on this book being anticlimactic. I was expecting a lot of crying and dead characters. I was expecting a huge bomb to be dropped but it was kind of mellow. I'm super excited for the Dark Artifices and I can tell you one thing I bet will happen - Emma will fall in love with her parabatai. I'm calling it now haha! I'm so sad to see all the characters go too because they've all been so well-developed and been through so much. Hopefully we'll see them in TDA like we saw some TID in this book.

    Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf


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