City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments)


Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to 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 of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

The Phoenix’s Perspective

City of Heavenly Fire was a wonderful ending to the Mortal Instruments 

At over 700 pages, this is not a short read by any means, but you don’t feel it at all.  Clare keeps the story fast paced and action filled to the point where you can’t believe you’ve reached the end and wish there could be more.  Using alternating points of view, Clare found a way to include every aspect of the story for every character.

In my review of City of Lost Souls, I mentioned how great it was to see a group of characters where everyone actually had something to contribute.  Well, City of Heavenly Fire only strengthens that argument.  Each and every character brings something to the table here in order to find Sebastian and, hopefully, end a war before it begins – some characters pay with their lives and others pay by way of loss and suffering.

Clare finds an interesting way to wrap up the Mortal Instruments series.  She gives us an ending that is good, but not entirely happy – not that I am trying to root for the bad guys, but it is nice to see that being a good guy doesn’t mean that everything will automatically work out perfectly in the end.  It was also great to see some new characters that have opened doors for a whole new series (The Dark Artifices).

Overall, the series was a fantastic read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading books filled with action and the supernatural.

Would I add it to the library?

I am excited to for the new series to begin (2015) and to read more about Magnus Bane in The Bane Chronicles, which will be published in November of this year.


Genre: Fiction – dark fantasy, urban fantasy
ISBN: 9781481444422
Rating:  good

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