The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire (book six) by Cassandra Clare

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! 1

The long awaited finale to the Mortal Instruments series. So many thoughts and questions running through our minds before we sink our teeth into it.

Cassandra Clare, real name Judith Rumelt, stumbled upon something great when she created the Nephilim known as Shadowhunters. It seems, without difficulty, Clare is able to create a vast array of characters and an enticing world effortlessly. Although I know I am completely off, I feel as if she wrote these books in one sitting and they were perfect. The final book sitting at 725 pages, flashes by in a glance. Clare is a goddess of spinning these tales and deserves all the success that has come her way.

We all knew it had to come to an end at some point. Endings can happy, sad, tragic or wrath inducing. The knowledge that people were going to die stays with us throughout the novel, counting our blessings when specific characters survive.

The Shadowhunter world is tainted by Sebastian’s Infernal Cup. Loved ones are turned into evil weapons, mindlessly killing while wearing the mask of memories. Alliances are built and broken and war is raging on. In the midst of all the chaos, new characters are introduced to us, old friends reappear and references to other events tucked neatly between the lines.

As mentioned before, Clare’s ability to spin tales is effortless. The new characters of Emma and Julian from the Los Angeles institute are smoothed into the storyline. Emma is fierce and brave and has connections to characters we already know. Her best friend Julian is quiet but brave in the defence of what is right. The two characters are the centre of Clare’s upcoming series called The Dark Artifices. Clare makes many foreshadowing references to give us an idea of the events that will unfold. Julian Blackthorn has many brothers and sisters but my favourite introduction is that of one of the twins, Tiberius. Ty is quiet but headstrong, smart, somewhat awkward and a complete wild card, topped with delicate dark curling locks. I look forward to The Dark Artifices and seeing how his character grows.

I was uncertain as to how some events would turn out and afraid to see which characters would not survive. It is almost impossible to please all readers of a series. There is always going to be one person or group that are going to be upset. Once again, Clare was able to end the series without leaving a sour taste in our mouths. The knowledge that the series will continue with The Dark Artifices probably helped to lighten the blow.

For all the positives of CoHF I would like to point out some oddities. There was one moment where a relationships future, which probably held no relevance to the main story, was brushed over with a simple dismissive lack of time. Specifically the reason for bringing up oddities, I would like to draw people’s attention to Chapter 20 page 527 and possible spoiler alert

I shall try not to go into too much detail.

“She felt ______ (surprise)’s muscles flex as he reached past her for something, and heard the crackle of foil.”

Now I suppose it would have been naive to assume this type of thing wasn’t going to happen. I should be commending Clare’s focus on safe sex, but of all the things he had on him at that dire moment, he didn’t forget to pack that one item? Just saying.

The Mortal Instruments is a fantastic series. If you haven’t read them yet, now is the perfect time. You can read through them at your pace or speed through them without having to wait for each instalment to be released. The Dark Artifices is not set to be released until 2015 so you have plenty of time to read these. The question now is what is going to happen to the films after City of Bones.

1. Book summary courtesy of Cassandra Clare’s webpage.

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