City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

“We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

*Warning* Spoilers ahead

I finally finished The Mortal Instruments and I thought that the finale wrapped the series up nicely. I gave City of Heavenly Fire, as well as the rest of the series, 4 stars. This was the longest book in the series, but also my favorite one. I’m sad to say goodbye to the New York Institute, but I still have so much left to read from Cassandra Clare.

One of the main problems I had with this book was that it felt like a really long ad. Cassandra Clare unnecessarily added a lot of scenes with Jem and Tessa and Julian and Emma. Those characters are from her other two series and it felt like their only purpose was to get people to read her other books. I liked seeing Jem and Tessa together, but a few scenes seemed forced. Julian and Emma didn’t really add anything to the story and they could have easily been cut, but they were there to get people to read The Dark Artifices.

The only other problem I had with this book (and with a lot of the other books) was how uncomfortable it made me. I thought I was done reading about incest in book 3, but it continued and it made me want to throw up. I wish Cassandra Clare never included it…

The best part of this book was to see how all of the main characters were 100 times better in this book compared to the beginning. Jace stopped being annoying and Clary was such a bad-ass and wasn’t whining all the time anymore. Also, I finally didn’t have to read 400 pages of Clary and Jace having relationship problems in this book, which was nice. I never cared for Simon, but he sacrificed his memories to save his friends, so I totally respect him now. This book made me sympathize with Raphael and love Magnus even more than I already did. Alec became such a great character and extremely relatable and Isabelle broke all stereotypes and was strong and confident, but still had her own insecurities and problems.

I loved that a lot of this book took place in Edom. We still got to see the New York Institute and Alicante, but reading a story where so much of it takes place in Hell is so cool and I loved it.

The amount of Easter eggs about The Infernal Devices in this book made my heart so happy. Being able to understand all of them made the experience of reading this book so much better. For example, Alec’s middle name is Gideon, all of the references Magnus made about the Herondales and Tessa, Brother Zachariah’s true identity, and Jace’s fear of ducks (I’m pretty sure this was in City of Lost Souls, though).

Overall, The Mortal Instruments and City of Heavenly Fire were great books and I’m so glad I decided to pick them up. I’m looking forward to continuing on with the rest of the Shadowhunter Chronicles books, but I’m going to miss these characters. Time to rewatch episodes of Shadowhunters to make myself feel better.

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