| Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: May 27th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
I DID IT. I FINISHED THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS AFTER TWO YEARS.
I did not put the synopsis for this book in this post since it a novel, so it would contain spoilers for the previous books, but The Mortal Instruments follows Clary Fray who learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a person who’s half-angel, half-human and protects humans from demons, after her mother gets kidnapped by someone from the world of Shadowhunters, the Shadow World, in which also demons and vampires, warlocks, werewolves and fearies exist.
This is what happens in the first book, City of Bones, but the story progresses and becomes were complex and interesting in the followingbooks. City of Heavenly Fire is book 6 in this series and was a fantastic and satisfying conclusion. You can really see Cassandra Clare’s writing and world-building as well as character development improve between the first and last book.
If you’ve read all the TMI books expect for the last one, read The Infernal Devices before City of Heavenly Fire, so that you can enjoy it to the max, since there are quite a few scenes in CoHF connecting these two series!
I rated this book 5/5 stars and even though City of Glass holds a special place in my heart, I must say that this novel was the best one in the series. I’m gonna get into a spoiler-filled section now to discuss the events that happen in this book.
We start off at the Los Angeles institute where we’re introduced to Emma Carstairs, Julian Blackthorn and his siblings. I totally fell in love with Emma and Jules and am so excited to read about them in The Dark Artifices (Julian might be a potential new book-boyfriend for me since he’s my age in Lady Midnight *wink*). They are attacked by Sebastian’s forces and are sent to Idris. The introducing of the TDA characters and intertwining them with Clary and the others was very smartly done by Clare.
We learn that other institutes have been attacked as well and all Shadowhunters have to go to Idris for protection and to discuss the current events, while Simon stays in New York with Jordan looking after him. In Alicante Emma meets Clary and Jace which was such a lovely scene, seeing Clary being supportive and super nice to her and Emma fangirling over Jace!
The Endarkened attack the Citadel and Jace gets wounded by Sebastian. Brother Zachariah tries to heal him but the Heavenly Fire inside of Jace takes away his Silent Brother-ness and turns him back into Jem. THE FEELS. THE TEARS, it was too much.
Meanwhile, the Praetor Lupus is attacked, Jordan dies, Simon gets kidnapped by a 12-year-old vampire. You honestly can’t leave them alone without Shadowhunters for a few days without anything happening!
Watching Alec and Magnus’ relationship in this book was so intense and I was rooting for them the whole time because they are my ultimate otp. Magnus finally opening up to Alec and both of them accepting that one of them is immortal while the other one isn’t was beautiful and heart-wrenching.
Jem talks about Will and I cry.
Sebastian shows up and threatens Clary and tries touching her, which was disgusting and creepy, no Sebastian she’s your sister, did you forget that part? Simon is rescued by Raphael and they travel to Idris. Emma (our lovely little angel) tells Clary and the rest about where Sebastian’s most likely hiding and they deside to go to Hell. Which of course is a good idea.
While they were wandering through Edom there were multiple times when I thought that if they just continue walking and killing a demon here and there, it would get boring and just drag on, but that was never the case. Whenever a scene like that happened, Clare dropped some plottwist or awesome fight scene right away, so even though the book is 700+ pages long, it never gets slow!
Jace sets the Heavenly Fire free and everyone loses hope of still being able to kill Sebastian, but we later find out that Clary saved the Fire in her sword with which she stabs the villain and saves the day! I loved this scene in the throne room in the Dark Gard so much, everything about it was suspenseful and great. But then they find out there’s no way out of Edom.
The scene where Simon offers the demon his immortality and especially his memories of the Shadow World broke my heart. I don’t remember the last time I read something so horribly sad, I was crying my eyes out; imagine your best friend forgetting who you are and that you exist.
He thankfully does get some of his memories back in the end and we can see him become a Shadowhunter in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, a novella bind-up of his stories at the Academy!
JEM AND TESSA. JEM AND TESSA. JEM AND TESSA. AND A LUKE+JOCELYN WEDDING.
The epilogue and ending of the story was so beautiful and I honestly can’t believe I finished this series, everything wrapped up beautifully. The characters grew so dear to me and I wish I could read about them forever. Cassandra Clare sure knows how to write great characters and last books in series!