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City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) Hardcover – May 27, 2014
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In my opinion, Cassandra Clare and her publishers did a great job by not sending out any advanced reading copies of CoHF - any advanced spoilers would have killed the intrigue and suspense of knowing who gets killed and who gets married. All of the 'snippits' leaked by the publisher over the last few months have been torturous. All I will say is that the final book of The Mortal Instruments series will not leave you feeling like The Twilight Saga or Sookie Stackhouse.
Love, betrayal and blood are usually a predictable mix that can be dragged on in a series like this. And in my opinion, any further rehashing of 'Clary and Jace are together' then 'outside forces keep them from really being together' (like the previous books) by extending the series past book 6 would have made money, but would have also become too predictable and boring to true Cassandra Clare fans.
Without giving away any spoilers or too much of the ending, be aware that there is a final showdown with Clary and Sebastian that, in my opinion, puts other similar novels to shame - I'm looking at you 'Twilight'. But don't skip to the final chapter by passing over the middle, you will miss too much and the twists are plentiful throughout.
CoHF feels like a nod to the writing of City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by being really engaging and dense with plot details for Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and of course the worst brother in the world, Sebastian/Jonathan. It is slightly intimidating by the sheer number of pages, but I can attest that you can get through very easily and quickly.
Great ending to a epic series. Fully recommend this book with a big thanks to Cassandra Clare.
Let's start with the things I loved.
1. Clace. Yeah, yeah, I know people have been complaining about how "boring" they thought the characters/relationship were getting, but I never thought that. After all the angst and heartbreak they were put through, I really enjoyed that unwavering loyalty and love they shared. Call me a romantic, but I believe that sort of unshakable togetherness exists out there, and it was very nice to see it in a YA book. I didn't find them boring or tired. I found their faith in each other refreshing in the midst of all that destruction and death.
2. Jace. Because he's my favorite. He just is. I've loved his character from the first moment he came onto the page in City of Bones. I've continued throughout the series, even when I was not sure what Cassandra Clare was thinking when she did some things to his character. I loved watching him go from that closed-off, snarky, rude boy to the one he became in City of Heavenly Fire. He still had that spark and bite to him, but he was much more mature, much more at peace. I was happy that he had gotten to have that after so many years of hating himself.
3. The cave/lake scene. I'm not going to spoil by saying what this is, but those who have read know and know it was a long time coming. Beautiful.
4. All instances of Jace on fire. This was beautifully done and so...majestic? I don't know, I can't think of the right word. Cassandra Clare has a habit of describing Jace in battle as an "avenging angel." In the scenes with the heavenly fire, he truly was and it was beautiful. I loved it and felt like it was very fitting for his character.
5. Sizzy.Read more ›
Sebastian is at large with his newly-created Endarkened to support him. His willingness to strike against both Downworlders and Shadowhunters alike points to the inevitable: devastating war. As the Clave prepares for an all-out battle, Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, and Isabelle are focused only on how they can stop Sebastian before he can carry out his deadly plans. The stakes are high. The risks are unimaginable. If they succeed, the threat will be vanquished and order restored. If they fail, the world as they know it will be obliterated, everyone they love destroyed. Can they defeat Sebastian or will he succeed in unleashing an evil upon the world that has never been seen before?
I'll start with a positive: stuff actually happens and the plot moves forward. It's an improvement over the last couple books for that reason alone. The last two books seem like mostly filler since all the "big" stuff happens in this one. There's a decent story in here...if you can slog through all the unnecessary fluff and subplots to find it.Read more ›
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