Becky’s One Hundred and Seventy-Second Book Review: “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare

“City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare is the sixth and final book in the Mortal Instruments Series. I started this book a bit reluctantly as I didn’t want the series to end, while at the same time I needed to know what happened. I am happy to announce that there are more books by Cassandra Clare set in this world but with a different main character. They are already on my Christmas list.

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES (UNLESS YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT SPOILERS IN WHICH CASE ENJOY)

The sixth book in the Mortal Instruments series starts out a little differently from the others. The book opens on a young Shadowhunter in training, Emma. She is dropped off at the L.A. Institute to train and going about her day as normal until an alarm is sounded. Sebastian had broken into the institute and began turning as many Shadowhunters into Endarkened as possible. Among all this chaos, Emma is trying to get to safety with the other children that were training by jumping through a portal. Although she was terrified by everything that was happening, Emma remained levelheaded. I instantly liked her character.

“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win…They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.” (City of Heavenly Fire, pg 95).

The last book ended with Clary severing the tie between Sebastian and Jace by stabbing Jace in the heart with the sword of Heavenly Fire. Instead of destroying him, the Heavenly Fire stayed inside Jace to the bafflement of the Silent Brothers and everyone in the Clave. This made for certain complications when it came to Clary and Jace doing anything from holding hands and kissing to other stuff. Their hormones aside, the Heavenly Fire was the only way they knew to stop Sebastian and since it was inside Jace they had no way to harness it. The L.A. Institute was not the only one that Sebastian attacked to create more Endarkened and no one in the Clave has any idea how to stop him.

“You think they are kind, that the Nephilim are kind, because they are good, but goodness is not kindness, and there is nothing crueler than virtue.” (City of Heavenly Fire, pg 173).

I don’t want to give too much away, which is challenging because there are so many things that happen in “City of Heavenly Fire” that I just want to talk about! But my whole goal with writing reviews is to encourage others to pick up the books I do and check them out, which doesn’t make sense to do if you already know the entire story. That being said, here is one quote that I really enjoyed, “All love is precious. It is why we do what we do. Why do we fight demons? Why are they not fit custodians of this world? What makes us better? It is because they do not build, but destroy. They do not love, but hate only. We are human and fallible, we Shadowhunters. But if we did not have the capacity to love, we could not guard humans; we must love them to guard them.” (City of Heavenly Fire, pg 235).

Cassandra Clare’s writing instantly pulls you into the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders and you won’t want to leave. Her writing has evolved with each new book in the Mortal Instruments series and reading these books was consistently a wonderfully addictive experience. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, I thought that “City of Heavenly Fire” was exciting and at the same time did a great job of tying up all the lose ends in the series. She ended things very satisfactorily. I am really excited by the fact that Cassandra Clare has written other books that are already out there and published, just waiting to be read.

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