The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Warning: contains spoilers

“Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series.”

Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final installment in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. I didn’t particularly enjoy the series – I liked them, sure, but they weren’t fantastic. If you’ve seen a copy of Heavenly Fire, you’ll know the book resembles a brick in terms of thickness – it’s really long.

In Heavenly Fire, Clary, Jace and the others are trying to stop Clary’s brother, Sebastian, from taking over the world and destroying Shadowhunters. The Heavenly Fire in Jace’s veins seems to be the only way to stop Sebastian, but Jace doesn’t know how to use it. Things are getting dark – Sebastian is attacking institutes and Turning Shadowhunters. Sebastian and the Seelie Queen are working together. So Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle go to the demon realm to rescue Jocelyn, Luke, Raphael, and Magnus and defeat Sebastian. Do they succeed? Well, pretty much, yes.

The book starts off introducing the characters of Clare’s next series, The Dark Artifices, and quite a lot of the book was spent setting the stage for those books. I found those parts particularly boring, as I doubt I’ll read TDA when they come out, and I found myself skimming those parts to get to the good bits. There was also quite a lot of reference to the prequel series, The Infernal Devices, and as I hadn’t read those yet I found myself wondering who on earth Tessa Gray was and how Brother Zachariah was connected to her – and why this whole idea was being introduced so late. I’ve now read the first of The Infernal Devices, which is called Clockwork Angel, and I think I’ve got an idea of what was going on, but I think for people who haven’t read TID it will be quite confusing. It was for me, anyway.

As for the bits about the TMI characters we all know pretty well – they were enjoyable. Mostly. There were slow bits, as in every book, and there were the nice bits. Starting the book, I think everyone knew everything was going to turn out okay – evil would be defeated, some people would die, but everything would be fine.

I have to say I loved the way Sebastian died. It was lovely how the Heavenly Fire wiped out the demon in him and for a little while, he was the brother Clary could’ve had if Valentine hadn’t done what he did. His death was wonderfully sad. The other part I really liked was when Simon had his memory wiped. (I adore sad endings.) I do think, though, that it felt too neat to bring Simon back – I feel like Clary was coping and that it was a little bit too forced, like Clare sat down and thought, “right, how can I bring Simon back?” rather than just leaving it how it was. I felt like it was a war, so realistically at least one of the group of main characters should’ve died: one from Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, Magnus, Luke, Jocelyn. I know Jordan did die, but it felt too rushed for me.

Overall, it had it’s moments, but I felt too much time was spent on Infernal Devices and Dark Artifices – it relied heavily on them instead of spending time on the Mortal Instruments characters, which meant the book moved sluggishly. A good book overall, though. It’s aimed at teenagers, probably around twelve or thirteen.



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