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Review: “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare - no stone left unturned

The final book of "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare will leave fans feeling satisfied
The final book of "The Mortal Instruments" series by Cassandra Clare will leave fans feeling satisfied

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare


In the final book in The Mortal Instruments series, the shadow hunters must come together to try and take down their greatest enemy yet, Sebastian, before he destroys everything that they hold dear.

Fans of the series, know that Cassandra Clare is not one to leave a stone unturned. In this conclusion, which stands 700+ pages, she is able to capture multiple points of views, making sure that the fans know everything that is going on. Writing the final book in a long series, or for any series for that matter, is very hard because you have the hard task of trying to satisfy every fan. This is virtually impossible so it’s best to do what deserves to be done and Clare did this for the story.

While she teased with the teaser cover that there would be a lot of deaths, you can rest assure, that while there is a lot of deaths, it’s not the number that you probably have in your head. And the ones who did lose their lives, they did it in honor and Clare was respectable in the manner in which they died.

What I enjoyed most about this story was how she was able to link her other book series into this one (The Bane Chronicles and The Infernal Devices) while also setting up her new series (The Dark Artifices) without it taking away from The Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read these series, it’s ok. You don’t need to to understand what’s going on. It’s just adds to your reading experience because when they make references to those stories, you know what they are talking about.

The Mortal Instruments series as a whole is a very complex series that has a lot of twists and turns, but is centered around Clary and Jace. So naturally, fans want to see these two grow as people and they certainly have changed a lot throughout the series. Their relationship matures and becomes it’s own in this story, but in regards to character development, one could argue that Alec and Magnus’s relationship had the most development. Magnus is a very old warlock set in his ways, but all that changes when he meets shy, timid Alec. Alec always felt he wasn’t good enough, always in the shadow of Jace but he really becomes his own when Magnus gives him the courage to be who he is.

The other main relationship Simon and Isabelle had their problems but in the end, Simon was able to break through Isabelle’s tough exterior. She never watned to fall in love because she thought it made her weak, but he made her see just how strong she was because of their love. It’s a beautiful relationship and perhaps the one that you are rooting for since book three.

This book will leave the fans of the series satisfied and complete with the series. While of course you want more, you can rest assure that we will probably see them again in the Dark Artifices so while their story may be over, we will get to see them again. It’s like saying good-bye to your friends from school knowing that it’s only a matter of time before we meet again.

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