City of Heavenly Fire – book review

City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare is the dazzling conclusion to the thrilling series The Mortal Instruments.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, strategically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. He transforms Shadowhunters into creatures of nightmares using the Infernal Cup, tearing apart families as the numbers of his Endarkened army rises.

The remaining Shadowhunters flee to Idris, but not even Alicante is safe anymore. And without the Nephilim trapped in Idris, there’s no one to guard the world against demons.

When a great betrayal is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Alec must flee deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has ever set foot and from which no human being has ever returned. Love will be sacrificed and lives will be lost in the battle for the fate of the world.


I can’t even begin to express how much I loved City of Heavenly Fire. I’ve been waiting to read this book for so long and it feels great to finally have the perfect end to the perfect series. And it really was the perfect ending. I loved how this series is ended and I couldn’t have wished for a more satisfying close. I’m going to miss these characters so much and although I loved reading this book, it was heartbreaking to think that the series I’ve loved for so long is finally over. I know that there’s going to be another series, but not with exactly the same characters. I was torn between speeding through the book to see how it all ended, and savoring every word of it by reading it incredibly slowly. Inevitably, the quicker way won out. But I still relished every single part of it and I can’t wait to reread this series again to be with the characters once more.

Like every book that I’ve read by Cassandra Clare, the pacing was fantastic. There wasn’t a single moment in the entire book that I was bored. Not ever. Everything was bang bang bang and yet it never seemed rushed or overcrowding. The plot was beautifully weaved and the characters, like in the rest of the series, were dazzling. Practically everything I had ever wondered about was answered in one way or another and I was left completely satisfied. But throughout reading this book, my heart was also breaking. I had heard the rumors before reading this book that six named characters would die. Six! I was so scared to see who those people would be. Cassandra Clare had me crying from the start as I imagined who might be the ones to die. And the rest of the book was one huge emotional rollercoaster.

So many times characters that I cared about came close to dying. I read on in horror, tears streaming down my face, as I imagined the rest of the book without this person. Cassandra Clare could manipulate my emotions so easily and within the space of a single sentence I could change from angry to sad, and then to relieved. To say that I miss these characters is really putting it lightly. They were all so amazingly written and all seemed so real. I felt connected to every single character and I know how distraught I would feel if something bad happened to any of them because I’ve been there. Seriously, if Cassandra Clare ended this series much differently, she’d have so many people after her. But this series couldn’t have ended any better and I’m so pleased with how everything turned out.

The romance in this book was perfect. I know I’m probably using the word perfect too much, but that’s the only word that sums up my feelings towards it. The romance between Clary and Jace in this book was absolutely sizzling. Jace is honestly one of my favourite book boys and I loved every second I spent with him in this book. I’ll miss him the most. The other cute romance I’m going to miss reading about is the one between Simon and Izzy. They’re so adorable together and I’m so happy with the way things worked out in the end. And then there’s Alec and Magnus. They are both cute and hilarious together and I loved reading about their relationship. But the thing I loved most about these relationships was that they all had flaws and the characters all did their best to fix them. Their relationships were all incredibly real and every character was vastly different from everyone else. I completely loved meeting Emma Carstairs and I can’t explain enough how much I loved having Tessa and Jem in this book. It was like having a big family reunion. There’s always going to be a place in my heart for the characters of TMI and TID, and I can’t wait to see who is in The Dark Artifices and what stories will be told!

It’s so hard to say goodbye to this series. It’s taken me on such a wonderful journey and I know I’ll never forget the characters that I’ve formed such close bonds with. I’d give City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare a score of 10 out of 10. Perfection wrapped in the cover of a book. I’ll be rereading this book so many times that I’ll lose count!

8 thoughts on “City of Heavenly Fire – book review

  1. I love this series and I loved this book. I loved the way it ended too, especially with Simon cuz I was Blythe okay with just leaving him there living a mundane life without them. I cried when Clary called him and I cried again in the epilogue when he danced with Izzy. They’re OTP from this series so I couldn’t handle them not being together. The book was just great

    • This is one of my favourite series! The ending was perfect and I’m so happy that this series got the ending it deserved. I cried a lot in this book too! It’s definitely a tear-jerker in places. I’m glad you loved it as much as I did!

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