Thursday, 26 June 2014
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends 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 out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments
I've put off reviewing this book for awhile and I'm still not sure I have huge amounts to say about it. I came to this series after the original trilogy was published and read them in pretty quick succession and loved them. I've stuck with the rest of the series reading as and when they have been released and found myself less and less interested in them. I don't necessarily think it is even the fault of the books as such and more the fact that I read so much that I quite literally forget everything that has gone on before.
For me this instalment was quite honestly a bit of a let down. I did enjoy meeting the gang again and going back to the world but man alive this book is huge and I felt it suffered for it as it wasn't as pacey as it could have been.
Also I felt it just tied up just that little bit too neatly which just didn't sit right with me. Cassandra Clare is known as an author who will include more diverse characters of different races and sexualities yet she still feels the need to pair everyone off happily and I just don't get why that has to be the case.
Am I over Cassandra Clare? No and I'm definitely excited about her next two trilogies but I'm not sure I'll hurry to read her next book until the entire trilogy is out so I can read back to back mostly so I have a clue about what is going on.