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City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare || Book Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first five books of this series.


Title: City of Heavenly Fire

( The Mortal Instruments #6 )

Author: Cassandra Clare

First published: 27. May 2014

Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Kindle Edition, 752 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal


Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian — but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

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◄ 4.5 out of 5 stars ►

Before this review I would like to mention that I have reviewed all the previous books in The Mortal Instruments series, so check them out if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them.

City of Heavenly Fire was a really fun book to read. It’s definitely my favourite in the series, even though I had some problems with it as well. The plot of this book was fascinating and I was at the edge of my seat while reading this book. I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to know what was going to happen next!

There were some very cheesy moments. Honestly there was too much kissing and focus on romance when their world is literary ending! This might be my asexual self speaking, but I don’t think normal people would be making out during such dangerous times. I think people would try and do more productive things, but that might just be me.

Clary and Jace were more bearable in this book than in the previous ones. Why? Because they were rarely on their own, so the whole narrative didn’t focus on them solely – instead they had interactions with the other characters, in particular Simon, Izzy and Alec. That still doesn’t mean that I like them as characters, they were just bearable in this book. The “side characters”, or other main characters (however you want to see it), were amazing and I adore them. I’m glad that they all had their moments in this book where they shone.

The new characters that were introduced in this book (that I cared about, that is) were  Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn family. I’m very intrigued by all of them and I can’t wait to read Cassandra Clare’s other series to find out more about them. So far I’m really liking Emma and Julian Blackthorn. It’s going to be interesting reading a series where I don’t hate the main characters.

I don’t think I ever expressed my thoughts on Sebastian in these reviews. Being completely honest I didn’t know what to think about him as the villain, especially after reading City of Fallen Angels and then he was alive once again (what a coincidence). That is also the reason I never really mentioned him. Reading the following books I was more and more intrigued by him and I enjoyed him as a villain. Though I’m still not sure how I feel about his ending. (Not going to mention anything more than that.)

Overall this book was a rather good finale for the series, though I had some problems with it as well. Some of the revelations and things that happened in the end make me really exited to read Lady Midnight in the future.

Have you read City of Heavenly Fire? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!


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4 thoughts on “City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare || Book Review

    1. Thank you! ❤ I recommend this series, it's a lot of fun (even though it has its problems as well). I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to pick it up! 😉
      I have a feeling that I'll enjoy Lady Midnight a lot, but I won't be reading it for a while as I want to wait for the last book to be released in that series – which will happen in December.


      1. Ah I do the same thing! I hate waiting for sequels to come out so if I know beforehand they’re part of a series I’ll try and wait (sometimes it’s way too hard and I just give up and read them though hahaha)
        I’m sure I’ll like it 🙂 I’ll do a review on it once I get to it ^^

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