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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—In the final installment of the "Mortal Instruments" series, the Shadowhunters face the ultimate threat of annihilation at the hands of Sebastian Morgenstern and his army of Endarkened warriors. Institutes around the world have been attacked, and the remaining Nephilim have been called to Idris for safety and to determine a course of action. When Clary's mother and surrogate father are kidnapped along with two other Downworlder representatives of the Council, Clary, Jace, and their friends travel to the demon realm of Edom to rescue them and face off in a final climactic showdown with Sebastian. Veronica Mars's Jason Dohring and Game of Thrones's Sophie Turner split the narrative load of this lengthy title. Perspective shifts constantly, and with so many characters and concurrent story lines alternating, the book often drags, despite being action-heavy. Both narrators effectively differentiate between the myriad characters, though Turner's performance is smoother and more engaging. However, listeners may be jarred because of inexplicable inconsistencies in which performer narrates which character's perspective. Regardless, fans of the series will likely be satisfied with the conclusion as well as the clear setup for the next series.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
Top customer reviews
...he's your child and i personally believe that the way Sebastian was raised with his father telling him his whole life he was a monster had just as much if not greater affect then his demonic heritage. That combined with the fact that as a reader you can feel sympathy for Sebastian and he makes a badass villain!His motivations and drive are just brilliant. And Jace is hilarious as per usual and every word he says is just so incredibly profound. And Luke Magnus and Raphael trapped in one room together both terrifying and humorous also i kinda wish I'd read saving Raphael Santiago would've given some important character impact. And I'm glad i got to see move of them without their respective partners(or in Raphael's case Simon).ha ha ha.But ahh Malec was bittersweet and beautiful. And my personal favorite (For anyone who hasn't read infernal devices run away now SPOILERS AHEAD)
Ahh our beloved Jem has returned to us or as everyone in mortal instruments knows him Zachariah was a badass saving children saying wise old man things(He is 100+ years old) and tbe POV shifts to his descendant Emma were a great way to set up a new series later but I already love her. And those poor Blackthorne babies and Julian he's to young to bear such responsibility. And I would like to a fairy who's i dunno. NICE! But they are a pretty. cool race of creatures and some great strife is made with them i hope we get a chance to meet the Unseelie that could be fun. I love how when the autor does aPOV shift it feels like were in the heads of different characters. All in all i really want to read the next series a out Emma and i look foward to The Secret Treasures who else wants to hear about the young circle members(Valentine Celine Stephen Luke) And Lady Midnight.
Ok, ok. I've finished this book on Sunday but I had to sit and wait a little bit before I write this review, just so I could process and do it properly.
I'm not part of the group of people who is sideways with this series since it's early beginning back in 2007, because by that time I wasn't a proper reader... I mean, I wasn't a reader at all, I really didn't read any books by that time besides school related stuff, I was more of a manga person. But since I started this series less than a year ago I've grown so attached to the main characters of both the TMI and the TID series that when Cassandra Clare said that six people we knew by name would die, I seriously freaked out.
It takes right after the moment in City of Lost Souls when Jace has the heavenly fire stuck on his body, and it has two main "point of views", one in New York and then it starts to switch in between it and Idris after a couple of events regarding Sebastian happened.
There are a couple of things here and there that kinda was, I should say random? But it didn't take out of the main the propose of this book, which was pretty much try to take Sebastian down.
It was a super fast paste read, and even with the madness that was my end of the semester and such, I still was able to read this 725 page book in a matter of 10 days, and I must say that it was the biggest book I've read so far!
City of Heavenly Fire was a amazing conclusion to this series, and even though I'm sad because it's over, I'm also excited for The Dark Artifices! We had such a snack preview of the characters of this new series that it made me even more excited to know more about Emma Carstairs, the Blackthorn family and the Los Angeles Institute, and also quite a few of the characters that appears in TMI and TID will be a part of this series as well!
Being a fan of the prequel which I did read first, I loved to know how Jem stopped being a silent brother, and to see Tessa back as well. I do admit it must suck for the people who hadn't read those books before though, it's a good way of getting people interested in reading them, a low blow in terms of marketing but oh well.
I loved to see a side of Isabelle that was a bit more vulnerable and how loving a great she truly is, I love her. Alec is still annoying I'm some ways but I never really cared for him too much, as for simon, I cried!! Read on till the end and you'll see why. As for Clary and Jace: awwwe! I do adore them. You can really see them grow and mature and I was crazy for that scene at the lake. I must say that for me as a 25 yr old, I rarely in this series I felt like these were actual teenagers, which is fantastic to not believe it cause it gets boring pretty fast, like I now get bored with twilight, and this didn't really happen in this book.
I was a bit disappointed in the not so epic war, although it wasn't terrible I had hoped for Sebastian to go with more of a fight, though he was a sneaky bastard so he got what he deserved, though his death scene is beautifully written and even kinda makes you cry.
All in all, a worthy ending. I will likely re read both series again, and I do hope to see the rest turned into movies, I didn't think the first was a totally terrible adaptation though it wasn't really the best either so there it is. Enjoy this light fun and entertaining read!!