“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said. “They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”
Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: You’ve read 5 books of TMI series, of course you want to know how it all ends!
Summary from Goodreads:
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!
“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
STOP! This review may contain spoilers!
After years and years, also thanks to Lady Midnight, I decided to finish the Shadowhunters series. It took me quite some time but in a little time, more or less, I fininished what was left to be finished. Besides The Magnus Chronicles that I will read later and The Tales from the Shadowhunters Academy that I will read probably while reading Lady Midnight.
This last book scared me a little bit, being over 700 pages and, besides from the over 1000 pages of Tales from Earthsea, I haven’t read anything over 600 pages in a while. I didn’t give up and here I am now!
This was a beautiful and, let me say, perfect conclusion to the Mortal Instruments saga; I liked this book a little more than the 5 before that always left me with some doubts: Clary going rogue and risking everyone’s life because she didn’t think before doing anything, Jace and his misery and his negativity about everything everytime and the Clave making one terrible decision after the other.
“Every time I think I’m missing a piece of me, you give it back.”
Jace had his no moment also in this book, the situation wasn’t the best to be in, having the heavenly fire inside of him and not being able, as the teenager he is, to “be” with his beloved girlfriend. It seems that the universe doesn’t want to see them being a lighthearted couple that can kiss whenever they want without worrying about the world crumbling down on top of them. Jace is still tormented by his late father, Valentine, and he is positive that he isn’t a good person, he doubts every decision he has to make because of that. Luckily he has his lovely parabatai, Alec, helping him and comforting him the best he can.
“I did not make a pie,” Alec repeated, gesturing expressively with one hand, “for three reasons. One, because I do not have any pie ingredients. Two, because I don’t actually know how to make a pie.”
He paused, clearly waiting.
Removing his sword and leaning it against the cave wall, Jace said warily, “And three?”
“Because I am not your bitch,” Alec said, clearly pleased with himself.”
Alec, sweet and beautiful Alec. He took very bad decisions in the previous book and now he founds himself single and heartbroken. It is obvious that the hasn’t stopped loving Magnus even after Magnus broke up with him. He is upset, his heart in pieces and he is trying to convince Magnus to change his mind and take him back. It is the first time he is feeling this way for someone else, life makes sense now, he has changed, he grew up, he is really a better person since he met Magnus and he is sure that they have to be together. I want them together, their love story is one of a kind, very sweet, a lot hard: Magnus is immortal, Alec is mortal, there’s nothing to change that, they will not have many years together but that doesn’t mean that they can’t make the best of the time they can actually have together and build a nice and happy life. It is best to have a great love for a day than being loveless for eternity. Their love is breattaking and it’s worth it. Destiny, I am still waiting for that kind of love, I am patience!
“Oh, God, the lovebirds,” Magnus said, pulling the pillow off his face. “I hate happy couples.”
“Straight people,” Alec declared. “Why can’t they control themselves?”
Clary has matured a lot in the month the story takes place. Months in which Clary went from being impulsive and spoiled to be a rational girl who thinks about everyone’s well-being. Her love for her is really strong, hard to contain, it explodes from every pore in her body everytime she sees him. He made her the girl she is today, they helped each other grow up and being better persons, better warriors and better lovers. They had lots of downs but also lots of ups in their relationships. The price for the most agonizing teenager in love goes definitely to Jace but sometimes they can share it. Sebastian being everywhere makes Clary’s live harder, her feelings for her brother are confusing, he is her brother but also a crazy serial killer psycopath, it’s a dilemma. She hates him, of course she hates him, but she also wonders what life could’ve been if they grew up together, if Valentine didn’t inject demon blood in him, if their family was a happy one. I know that her tears for Sebastian/Jonathan are sincere, they couldn’t be otherwise, their destinies crossed, she saw somethine more than a killer in him and made her wonder if somewhere under all that violence her brother could be found.
“It wasn’t sexy,” he said.
“It was a little sexy,” Simon said…
“It wasn’t,” said Alec.
“I had some feelings,” said Simon.”
Oh Simon, my Simon. Everything he does, for me, it is the right thing to do. A lot of awful things happened to him in only a few months. If they’d happened to other people I think they’d gone nuts in a few days. Simon puts himself in play, he gives his all for the people he loves and he loves a lot of people. Simon is really a lucky guy, surrounded but people who would do anything for him and who would die for him. Simon and Clary are best friends since they were little, their chemistry is intense, we all need a best friend like the one they have. The love Simon has for Izzy is sweet and pure (not always, they boy is often horny!), also difficult but that doesn’t keep them from giving all himself to the girl he believes is too much for him. The decision he made at the end of the book blew my mind. I didn’t expect ita t all. I had half an idea and for a moment I thought it was the one, then everything changed and, wow, I didn’t see that coming. I was satisfied, though, it was a nice turnout.
There was a lot of death, a lot of characters left us too soon, they didn’t deserve it and I was really sorry for them. New characters were introduced, characters we are going to learn to know in Lady Midnight. Emma and Julian and all the thousand Blackthorn children. Their parents were really productive!
“Brother Zachariah,” Isabelle said. “Months January through December of the Hot Silent Brothers Calendar. What’s he doing here?”
“There’s a Hot Silent Brothers Calendar?” said Alec. “Do they sell it?”
BROTHER ZACHARIAH!! Are we going to talk about Jem’s great return? A miracle occurred and he is back, he i sas he was before his illness and he couldn’t be more beautiful, I missed him so much. I’d loved him to tell Emma about him and her ancestors, maybe he will do it in Lady Midnight, we’ll see.
Tessa also made a comeback! The epilogue of this book takes place after the epilogue of Clockwork Princess so Jem and Tessa re together and very happy. I’d loved Tessa to tell Clary and Jace more about the Herondales, about the fact that she married Will and that Jace is his legacy. I hope someday and in some way she will tell him everything.
“Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back.”
What else can I say? I said everything and nothing, I wanted to quote the parts I loved the most, there were so many sentences that made me laugh. Like everytime Jace says he is the best, the most beautiful, the smartest, that attitude is a Herondale genetic “malfunction”. A lot of times I wasn’t very fond of him but now I cry a little thinking that I won’t read about him being narcissistic and everything. I will miss him and everyone else. It’s so hard to say goodbye!
Do I recommend it? Yes.