Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

8755785City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Published May 27th 2014

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…

I want to love this series but I just can’t get all the way there. I start to get the feels and then nothing.

I love Cassandra Clare. She’s an amazing writer that can create one world that’s so rich, so full, that it can spawn dozens of books. That being said, The Mortal Instruments series is one of those series’ that I will complain about whenever given the chance but I’ve still bought every book in the series within a week of its release. I can’t say no to this series, however much I want to.

I’ve never liked the The Mortal Instruments series as much as The Infernal Devices. And I started reading TMI first. I dread starting each book because I know that I’ll just be felt feeling both disappointed and excited. Disappointed that I didn’t love it has much as I wanted and excited for the next book. If there’s one thing The Mortal Instruments books are good at, its killer cliffhangers.

I always struggle with the characters of this series. I don’t like Clary. I think she’s annoying and stupid. She never does what she’s told even when not doing what she’s told is reckless and insane. She acts without thinking and she lets her “love” for Jace control her.
I’ve never liked Simon and I wish he would have just died in the first book. I felt like Clare is just stringing him along though out the series because let’s be honest, Simon should have died a bunch of times by now. But he always miraculously lives. I didn’t hate him as much as I did in City of Fallen Angels though so that’s something.
I love Alec and Magnus. I think they’re the best characters in this series and I wish they were more of a focus though out the series. If I could get rid of Jace and Clary so I could replace them with Alec and Magnus, I would in a heartbeat.

So many people said I would cry while reading City of Heavenly Fire and I didn’t. At all. I waited and waited for something crazy to happen and it just never came. I was hoping to be surprised and proven wrong. But this book was exactly how I thought it was going to be.

Overall, super anticlimactic end to this series (in my opinion). I was desperately hoping to be surprised but I wasn’t. I’m really glad I finally finished reading this series though.


7 thoughts on “Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

  1. “That being said, The Mortal Instruments series is one of those series’ that I will complain about whenever given the chance but I’ve still bought every book in the series within a week of its release. I can’t say no to this series, however much I want to.”

    THIS. Truer words were never spoken. I’ve since donated mine to the library because I am just “meh” about them no matter how much I wanted to like them and they were taking up shelf space! But that doesn’t mean I didn’t read every one. Lol

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  2. Thanks for the review. I’ve eyed this book at the library on several occasions, but have passed by it because I just have too many other books ahead of it. Now I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

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  3. I liked TID better than TMI too :D Thank goodness I’m not alone in the world to say Clary’s an obnoxious brat. There’s something on the head of that girl that tells her to do the opposite of what she’s told to. And I certainly agree that Magnus and Alec should have been highlighted more. To be honest, I feel their love more than Jace and Clary.

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  4. That’s a shame that you didn’t enjoy it! I read this so long ago, when I was quite young so that’s probably why I loved it as much as I did. Great review. Xoxo

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  5. I’m hoping to reread the whole series some day. When I reread Mockingjay, I loved it when before I didn’t like it at all. I have a feeling the same will happen with this series.

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