Monday, April 6, 2020

City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 725
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Publication Date: May 27, 2014

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!
It might be a little surprising to my friends that I haven’t read this book before now. I was a devoted follower of the Mortal Instrument world ever since the City of Ashes was released in 2008 but fell off this original series after book 5. I have actually read the first 4 books multiple times and love them with all my heart. But that 5th book... it messed the series up for me. I originally read City of Lost Souls when it was first released and then again earlier this year. And just like it did the first time through, it gave me that feeling that I didn’t want to go on. It gave me a dread that made me not want to continue. So just like last time, I stopped again. I can’t say that I hate the book... I love the writing. It’s the characters and what happens in the book. Jace, Clary and squad are some of my favorite characters and the heartbreak that they’ve had to endure just gets to me every time I try to read COLS. Anyway, rambling... When my daughter found out I quit again, she got mad at me. She told me that I HAD to finish the series and that I would love CoHF, so here I am. I’m finally finished. And of course she was right. I loved it.

With this being the last book of this series I wanted to absorb every last drop so even though I was actively reading, it took me a month to finish. Mainly because it felt like every so many pages I had to stop and decompress. This book has so much going on and the emotions that come along with it were just getting to me. I’ve had this type of emotion for books before but I think it’s so much stronger since I knew this was a wrap to a story that I’ve held near and dear to my heart for over 10 years. I didn’t want to say goodbye. But finally, after a really long month, I finished the book this afternoon. I think Cassandra Clare did a really good job wrapping it up. I know everyone and their neighbor has probably read this series already, but I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn’t. So I’ll just say that I loved how things came to be with Sebastian/Jonathan. Finally. I cried for Maia and Jordan. I jumped for joy for Simon. And of course, who could forget Clary and Jace. I love their love.. I always have and I always will. There was also the surprise of meeting two of Cassandra’s characters from another of her series. It makes me want to go finish up The Infernal Devices which I’ve actually already planned on doing this month.

If you have never read any of The Mortal Instrument series, I really recommend that you do. You’ll be in for an amazing ride. 

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