Monday, July 21, 2014

Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Read: July 10-12th, 2014
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Format: Hardcovers, 725 pages
Source: Bought

Description from GoodReads:

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...


Contains Spoilers:

Let them come.
    In 2011 I had first picked up City of Bones, the plot twist that was the end had me puzzled and intrigued. Obviously I had to get my hands on Ashes and Glass. When I finished City of Glass I was happy and satisfied with the ending. I had then moved on to Clockwork Angel, the first book in the Infernal Devices series. It was a little bit later that I learned that there was to be another 3 books in the Mortal Instruments series. I guess they were some sort of encore? Either way I had pre-ordered the fourth one. While I was somewhat disappointed with it, I continued on again to read the fifth book. City of Lost Souls had me again somewhat disappointed, none of these new books to me were better then the original three. By this point I had finally finished The Infernal Devices trilogy, I loved this series so dearly that when City of Heavenly Fire snippets were being released I would squeal when a snippet would contain a Infernal Devices character. With all these little connections being announced I just had to read City of Heavenly Fire. Truth be told, I read this book for the Infernal Devices connections.
   At the beginning of the novel Brother Zachariah was mentioned as that, a brother. After reading the epilogue of Clockwork Princess I had thought that Brother Zachariah would be Jem again through out the novel. But it turned out that the actions from City of Heavenly Fire that cause Brother Zachariah to be a shadowhunter again. Thus putting City of Heavenly Fire between the novel of Clockwork Princess and it's epilogue. In the epilogue of CoHF, Tessa Grey was introduced along side *Brother Zachariah* and I couldn't have been happier. Although they didn't say much or have a lot to do with the novel, I was happy to learn that both Zachariah and Tessa are going to be in Cassandra's new shadowhunter series The Dark Artifices. I hope they along with Church, who they stole will have a larger role then they did in CoHF.
   My favourite scene from CoHF was when Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Simon enter Edom and all the characters started to have these fantasies about what this demon controlling them thought their hearts desires were. While most of all the dreams were unrealistic, Clary's stood out for me. To see what life would be like if Valentine had not been demented in his ways, because of this Jonathan Morgenstern would be a normal shadowhunter. It broke my heart to see Clary's dream because everything was so perfect. I would have loved to see a story about Jonathan when he was not Sebastian but normal, happy, loved. Even the little bit at the end when Jonathan was dying was heart touching.
   Although I may not have enjoyed CoHF as much as the original three books, or the Infernal Devices, I still loved reading this book because of Cassandra's writing and because I finally got to see a happy ending for the characters of The Mortal Instruments. I look forward to reading the Dark Artifices when the first book, Lady Midnight.


Favourite Quote:

"I've never felt so . . . light." ~ Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern 

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Angels, Demons, Hunters

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