Release: May 27th, 2014
Pages: 725 [Goodreads]
City of Heavenly Fire is easily my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series. I felt like it did a wonderful job of tying up Clary and Jace’s story, connecting with Tessa’s, Jem’s and Will’s, as well as, revving us up for the next series featuring new players – Emma and Jules. I’m especially excited for the new series Dark Artifices because I am already in love with Emma and Jules. This new series really has gotten my attention.
But anyways, back to City of Heavenly Fire. Though at times I struggled to keep reading, I thought the overall pace of CoHF was great. I’m normally not a fan of multiple POVS, but with everything happening in TMI‘s world affecting a large group of people/races, multiple POVS were needed for full impact. I may be in the minority here, but out of all of the TMI characters, Jace and Clary are my least favorite. Either they pale in comparison to others like Simon and Magnus, or I just find them plain boring. Luckily, CoHF relied heavily on other’s POVS so I could stay interested in the storyline.
I wasn’t expecting to feel quite as emotional as I ended up feeling while reading CoHF. The previous TMI books have been so-so in my opinion. I think this really goes to show how Clare’s writing has evolved. I could tell that her writing had improved when I started/finished the Infernal Devices series (my favorite Shadowhunter series). There are a lot of deaths and sacrifices in this final book, and one sacrifice in particular did make me emotional.
I’m glad that I stuck with this series because although it’s not an all-time favorite of mine, I do enjoy the world that Clare has created. In my opinion, Shadowhunters are one of the most unique, strong and interesting takes on the nephilim – yet to be written.
Basically I loved this book. And since I’m not an ultimate fan, yet still enjoyed this finale, I believe it’s safe to say that the diehard TMI fans will LOVE this book.