- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; 2000 edition (May 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406332933
- ISBN-13: 978-1406332933
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3,784 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire Paperback – May 28, 2014
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From School Library Journal
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 Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the author of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Bane Chronicles, The Shadowhunter's Codex and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. There are more than 40 million copies of her books in print worldwide. They have been translated into over 30 languages and have appeared globally on bestseller lists. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is now a major movie. Cassandra lives in Massachusetts, USA. She is currently working on two new Shadowhunter series, The Dark Artifices and The Last Hours. Visit her online at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at UKShadowhunters.com.
Top customer reviews
Clary and Jace have come so far from when we first met them in City of Bones. Clary has always been strong and determined, but now she has skills and is a badass fighter too. She has really come into her Shadowhunter abilities. I love that she always does what needs to be done and never backs down. I just think she is a great heroine. Then you have Jace and I adore Jace. He is one of my very first book boyfriends, so he will always have a special place in my heart. Jace is the definition of character growth. I love the Jace we have in this book. He is so strong and tough and is finally beginning to believe in himself. I love him and Clary together and how they are a team. They fight together and with each other. They are this awesome badass dynamic duo that should not be messed with.
Other than Jace and Clary though, you have some truly awesome secondary characters. I have to start with Magnus because I simply love him. I always have and I always will. He is fabulous. Then there is Simon who has dug his way into my heart forever with all his nerdy glory. Cannot forget Isabelle because she is incredible and I wish we could be BFFs. And Alec. Alec and I got off to a rocky start, but I have really come to love him. I also love that we got to see a lot more of Jace and Alec’s parabati relationship in this book.
This book definitely delivered all the feels. I think my heart was in my throat the entire time and I trudged my way along to the conclusion. There was so much going on and so many story lines to be wrapped up. There were moments that absolutely broke my heart and I admit to sobbing at one point. But there were also moments that made me incredibly happy. It was a great balance and this book just made my heart feel like it was about to burst.
Speaking of feels. I think the stuff that hit me the most was all of The Infernal Devices references. Every time one of my beloved characters was mentioned I squealed and I’m not even exaggerating. It made me feel a bit guilty, because this isn’t their story, but what can I say; Will and Jem and Tessa own me. I loved getting references to them and I will take any extra I can get when it comes to them.
I know this review probably doesn’t give you much, but I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. I can say I was very very happy with it, with the exception of a thing or two here and there. It’s a good conclusion and Cassie closes out the series well. I am also ready for The Dark Artifices now. I have met Emma and I can tell I’m going to like her. I may not have appreciated her when she took me away from my Clary and Jace, but I am ready for her to have her own story.
City of Heavenly Fire delivers the conclusion everyone has been waiting for. It is heartbreaking, but happy and the characters are given the story they deserve. A strong conclusion to one of my all-time favorite series.
You’ll have to forgive me for being vague, but I don’t want to leave any spoilers so therefore I can’t say a whole lot. There were some jaw dropping moments, some revelations that I expected and some that I didn’t. All of that combined had me on the edge of my seat for most of the the 700+ pages.
Yes, there were tears, but not when I expected them. Yes, there were sacrifices made, but not from who I expected to make them. The author sucker punched me more than once, but it was totally worth it.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that even though I’ve enjoyed reading the Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices is my favorite series. I’m not sure why, but I usually attribute it to the fact that Clockwork Angel was the first book that I read in the combined series. For that reason alone, it should come as no surprise that City of Heavenly Fire doesn’t quite compare to the impact that Clockwork Princess had as far as series endings go, but it came close. I think one of the things I liked most about both series is the way they are interwoven. I honestly don’t think that you can get the full affect of either series if you don’t read them both.
The groundwork for the next installment in the Shadow Hunter world was laid in City of Heavenly Fire. The Dark Artifices will continue their story and I’m sure that characters from both the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices will be heard from again. Although some may disagree, ss far as this reader is concerned, that is not a bad thing at all.