Review: CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare

city of heavenly fireTitle: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

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!

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My Review:

 

What worked for me?

After reading 8 books by Cassandra Clare, I am still amazed by the sheer writing talent that she possesses. One of my favorite things about her writing is how amazingly smooth her plot develops. Add to that bit the part where you have the book told in different perspectives.

I love how she develops her characters and how, for this last book in the series, she was able to complete pretty much all the character arcs in a way that feels organic to the whole series. I was really at the edge of my seat, waiting to find out how everything would get resolved especially with Sebastian.

 

What did not work for me?

I do love this book and I really enjoyed reading it but for some reason it felt like the pacing was a  bit off for this one, unlike the earlier books in the series. There were some scenes that I found slow and lagging and so I was missing that fast-paced, action on every turn, style of story that Cassandra Clare has done with her other books.

 

My over-all take on it?

This was still a great and fitting ending to a wonderful series. And while some people may have said that she should have stopped after Book 3, I, for one, am still glad that she decided to do another series arc. Because more Cassandra Clare books is always a winner in my book. 🙂

 

My rating:

 4 stars

 

About the Author:

cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and  which later inspired her current pen name).

After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.

Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines.

City of Bones was her first novel.

Connect with Cassandra Clare :

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