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Thursday, 18 September 2014

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 28th May 2014
Pages: 733
Genres: YA Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. When one of the greatest betrayals of 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 thrilling and long-awaited final instalment of the bestselling and acclaimed Mortal Instruments.

This review contains spoilers.

Just like all of the other books by Cassandra Clare, this book messed with me. I finished it, and now I don't know what to say or what to think. Speechless would be the correct word, so luckily my fingers are still adept for typing. Just about.

It's... a strange book. Good, but strange. I read the first five books last year, and read The Infernal Devices trilogy more recently. And now, I have read City of Heavenly Fire. It's widely known already, but I'll say it here too: it's a really good idea to read The Infernal Devices before City of Heavenly Fire. That trilogy plays a massive part in the final Mortal Instruments book, and without having read the trilogy first, a lot of the references, characters and other things would have been lost on me. Reading The Infernal Devices first makes the experience so much better.

So, I said it's strange, and here's why: Cassandra Clare gave us a happy ending. That hardly ever happens in YA books, and it's even rarer for the end of an entire series. It's exactly what I'd been hoping for, but now I'm conflicted and I almost wish she hadn't done it; that it had instead been tragic, with some kind of important death or something else. At least then we would have closure, but having all of our favourite people alive and well means they could come back in Clare's future books in years to come. I hate to say it but I don't know how willing I am to wait a few years, read her new Shadowhunter books, and continually have a voice in the back of my mind wondering whether Jace will pop up there or if this new person is a Lightwood. As excited as I am for Clare's new series about Shadowhunters I do think you can have too much of a good thing.

Despite that, the ending - and the rest of the book - was still a beautiful and long-awaited close to the series. This book wasn't perfect and it wasn't the most amazing thing I've read, even if it is by my absolute favourite author, but if you've read the rest of the series it is well worth reading. It carries the same humour and wit as the rest of the books, proven by the fact that...well, let's just say Jace brings a certain little something on a trip where bringing that little something would be the last thing on any normal person's mind. But at least they stayed safe. Ahem.

To the entire series I would like to say... ave atque vale.
Thanks to Seven Stories having a fantastic online shop full of signed stock, I managed to buy a signed copy of this book! I was so thankful as I hadn't been able to attend any of Clare's events. I highly recommend the Seven Stories online shop, as not only is the delivery quick and well protected, but they also have signed stock from some amazing big-name authors, and some of the proceeds from each book sold go to charity. I believe they have signed copies of Heir of Fire in right now!

EVENT REPORT: City of Heavenly Fire Launch Party, London UK
COVER REVEAL: City of Heavenly Fire


  1. Cassandra Clare made the ending a bit too positive for us to find complete closure. In the end I did fall in love with Jace and Clary, Alex, Isabell, and Magnus. Overall Cassandra Clare does it ok, but it could've been better. I will probably read the new Shadowhunter series just so I can find closure.

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (

  2. I started reading this series but i found it so boring ? like i couldn't bring myself to finish the second


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