Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 27, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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 know I wasn’t the only one who was a little scared to start this much-hyped book. City of Heavenly Fire is the culmination of a lot of pain and suffering, let’s be honest. Cassie Clare wasted no time in getting the ball rolling as everyone tried to figure out what was up with Jace while wondering when Sebastian would strike again. As with the other books, it did a really good job of combining very painful moments with funny moments. Simon’s wit is still strong and Jace’s ego is very much intact. I won’t go into the personal drama involving Magnus and Alec, but I will say that is was good….and painful, of course. Yes, there was death, but there was also new life for some characters from The Infernal Devices that I was so, so happy to see.
This will seem like a weird thing to say, but CoHF was a lot….happier than I thought it would be. Maybe because nothing will ever top the pain at the end of Clockwork Princess, but I just didn’t feel completely torn apart. Perhaps that part of the series ending was hyped a little too much. I did love the book, obviously, and I thought it was a great ending to this series. Don’t get me wrong, there was one scene that brought instant tears to my eyes and another that was so profoundly sad it made my heart hurt. Of course, there was a fantastic set-up for the next series, The Dark Artifices. Emma Carstairs will be an excellent main character and I can’t wait to get to know her as an older teen. I can already tell that the personal drama in this series will promise a lot of emotional pain for the main characters, and that’s the way I like it! If you’re afraid to read this book, don’t be! The ending was very pleasantly bittersweet, with sadness, but also hope. It will provide plenty of opportunity to smile, swoon, and gasp at some of the twists. I was not disappointed!