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Actual rating: 4.5 stars
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare comes to a stunning conclusion in City of Heavenly Fire!
This time around Clary and friends are up against the most dangerous and evil figure they've ever faced, Sebastian/Jonathan. Sebastian is taking the war directly to the Shadowhunter and Downworlder communities by either killing them or Turning them into the Endarkened with the Infernal Cup. Sebastian is seemingly invincible as he and his new army of the Endarkened take out Institute after Institute causing Shadowhunters to fall back to Idris. Clary and company will have to travel to Hell and back if they stand any chance of defeating Sebastian, saving their kidnapped friends and allies, as well as saving the world.
I've always enjoyed Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series (which I recommend you tackle before you read the finale, if you haven't already) and this is no exception. I will truly miss these characters and their world. Everyone, in the main cast, gets a decent wrap up, goes out fighting, and/or is able to set up Clare's next series, The Dark Artifices.
The characters I particularly love in the finale are Simon and Alec. I like their overall arc and it's conclusion. As readers we can watch them both grow into themselves, and they both really step up to the plate here.
I would have been devastated if Simon hadn't remembered anything!
My only real gripe with this installment, however, is that it is overly long. There are quite a few scenes that felt like they could have been edited, or removed altogether, and it wouldn't hurt the story. This is the reason, I think, that it took me longer to get into and finish than previous installments. Somes scenes just seem to drag, but once they literally go to Hell things really pick up.
Finally, I'm really excited that we're not completely leaving the Shadow World, since Clare has The Dark Artifices series coming soon. I'm hoping we'll get some cameos
like we got here with Tessa and Jem/Zachariah!
This book was read from June 25 - July 10, 2014 and this review can also be found on Goodreads