Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: 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…
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
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I’ve done it. I’ve finally finished one of the most popular young-adult series out there. I remember that feeling of shame when I used to tell people that I hadn’t even tried the series, but that ended somewhat in January, and now I can tell everybody that yes, I have read the Mortal Instruments. I look forward to actually joining in on the conversations rather than plugging my ears and saying, “Please don’t spoil me!” Now that I mention it, I’m surprised I wasn’t spoiled for anything!
The Mortal Instruments is such a fun, enjoyable series with wonderfully constructed characters, a vivid world and a fast-paced, gripping plot. You might not be impressed with Cassandra Clare’s writing skills at first, but her writing has an addictive quality to it, and before you know it, you’re hooked and turning the pages at an alarming pace. The world may not be the most complex out there, but it’s easy to follow with such variety and diversity. I mean, you have every popular paranormal being in the Shadowhunter world. There’s an elaborate government system which was very easy to understand and follow. This is a strong, solid series and I look forward to visiting it again in the TV series.
Now, City of Heavenly Fire was a hunk of a book, but it was an impressive end. I admire Cassandra Clare’s ability to tie all the loose ends scattered throughout the books; I came out of this last book without any questions, which is something that doesn’t usually happen. I’m sure there may be some loose-ends here and there, but they were very minor and I didn’t notice them at all.
City of Heavenly Fire introduces a new element into the Shadowhunter world. Sebastian is rapidly gaining power and support; he’s turned Shadowhunters against Shadowhunters. People are forced to kill their families, their friends, their parabatais, and this obviously causes a shift in alliances. I’m not going to say more than that, but the political aspect of this was very interesting.
It was a very bittersweet end to a wonderful series, because I didn’t want to leave the characters I have grown to love. I knew that after the turn of the last page, I was immediately going to miss Jace’s cockiness, Isabelle’s ferocity, Simon’s humor, and Alec’s intensity (yes, I left out Clary because even though I like her, she still didn’t do much for me.) I grew to love these characters and their relationships with each other, and I was so happy that in this final installment, we got to see a little more bonding between unassuming characters, such as Simon and Alec, and Izzy and Clary. I was annoyed by some of the characters, such as Maia- she seemed very indifferent and cold. If you’ve read the book, you might know what I’m talking about.
I loved Sebastian’s storyline in this installment. Sebastian is one of the most twisted, unredeemable villains out there. He has no filter, no limitations to what he will do to get what he wants. Watching how Clary dealt with her twisted brother was very interesting, and overall, I was happy with how the conflict was resolved.
I think my one main problem with the conclusions of big series is that sometimes the authors get too attached to the characters and everything turns out happier than it probably should. I’m not going to say much, but considering all the shit that was hitting the fan in the last two books in the series, I expected to cry at least once or twice. Everything was wrapped up too generously, and I might sound like a complete masochist right now, but I like my books with a little heartbreak, a little difficulty.
Overall, this series was great and it’s a series I’ll probably be re-reading some time in the future.