Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-05-27
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.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?
I have really procrastinated on writing this review because I’m still not sure what to even say about it.
I was very excited for City of Heavenly Fire after finishing City of Lost Souls, and I read it as soon as I could. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite book in the series, and it was still just missing something for me. I often found myself putting the book down to check something on Facebook.
I don’t think it helped that there were new characters introduced, and it confused me at first as to why they were being focused on. I know that Clare is working on a spin-off series that takes place in the future, so I can only assume these are the characters that will be followed, and that’s why they’re being introduced, but it took me a while to get used to them. Not to mention that I really wanted to know what was happening with Sebastian, so I wasn’t thrilled when I was reading a different story line.
I also felt like some parts of the story dragged. They weren’t terrible, but I just felt like some things took too long or seemed to pull me out of the story. Then again, I was ready for a big, epic battle right at the beginning of the book, which obviously wouldn’t have made sense! lol
There were definitely some shocking and very emotional scenes, and those were some of my favorites. Jace and Clary’s relationship in City of Heavenly Fire seemed to evolve, and I really enjoyed reading their scenes.
The climax of the book, and the conclusion of the Sebastian story line, was really good. I kind of guessed part of it, but I was still really surprised by most of it, and especially by the aftermath. I definitely did not see any of that coming whatsoever! It was very well-written, in my opinion!
Overall, I was pretty happy with the ending to everyone’s stories, though there was one that I wasn’t thrilled with. There was some hope towards a better future for that person at the very end, but it still just made me unhappy. Also, there was a time when I thought the book was going to end, and it didn’t, but then when it did end, it seemed a little abrupt. I don’t know. It was weird. However, I was still probably read the spin-off series when it comes out.
Also, I read the first 70% on my kindle, but then I had a lot of things to do but really wanted to finish the book, so I finished the last 30% via audio. It was pretty good, though the fact that the narrators and most of the characters had accents kind of threw me for a loop. I really wasn’t expecting that. I thought the narrators did a good job.