Today I am going to be reviewing City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. What an amazing finale! I thought this book wrapped up the Mortal Instruments series in a really good way. It did everything that I want a series conclusion to do: it wrapped things up smoothly, made me long to stay in the world, and put the characters in a place that I am comfortable with. I have to admit that I was nervous when I picked this up. After having such a strong set of books preceding this, I thought there would be no way for this book to compare. Boy, was I wrong! Because not only did this book match the others, I would argue that it also rivals them. This book had a new, more mature tone to match the growing characters and plot line, yet it managed to fit in nicely with the tone in the previous books.
I have always been a fan of the characters in The Mortal Instruments series, and this book managed to take my obsession to an all new level. There was a fantastic amount of character growth in this book. It was wonderful to see all of the main characters grow, but more importantly, in a realistic way. The way that they all, across the board, overcome challenges made sense for those characters. What blew me away even more was how the side character, even the smallest ones, were made interesting. That can be especially difficult when you have dominant main characters, like Clary and Jace. The villain of the story was made alluring as well. I have not seen this with the villain in past books, so it was a pleasant surprise that I was left wishing for more page time with him.
The plot itself was okay, containing a lot of the elements I have come to expect from Clare’s books. It wasn’t bad by any means, although I do think the story was more character driven than plot driven.
I was pleasantly surprised with the pacing of this book, most of all with the battle scenes. One thing that has always bothered me about Clare’s books is that the battle scenes are boring. They always seemed to drag for me, due to the many perspectives and the complexity of what was going on. However, now, the book speeds up at the right times and slows down at the right times.
We had great growth in the many romances, making me very happy. As the characters grow, so do the romances, causing the relationships to mean that much more. We do have some classic drama, but nothing that ruined any of them for me.
I am so impressed with how this series was able to overcome some of its previous flaws for this grand finish. I have to give this 5 stars, and a very well deserved rating at that. This hit the bullseye and only increases my excitement to see what Clare has to offer next.
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