Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare




Still speechless and broken.


Name: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published May 8, 2012)


In the 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 Dark 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 world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Book Cover Comments

I can’t help but think Sebastian looks Asian

But other than that

No better way to conclude the new covers than with wings and the colors of Heaven.

The Actual Review

This was even worse than City of Lost Souls.

City of Lost Souls tore me apart.

But City of Heavenly Fire tore my soul apart.

As of right now I am feeling so many feels and am broken in so many places because of how magnificent this book is. And despite the length, I didn’t feel that there were any bits that were unnecessary.

This book is just way too sad.
Numerous reasons that I cannot say because I must not make these blog posts spoilery.

I am at an actual loss for words.
Once you get to Part 2, somewhere past the halfway mark, everything flashes before your eyes and before you even realized, you’re closing the last page of the book, your heart broken in so many places, crying for what you- what Clary, what Jace, what all the characters have lost- crying for the empathy that you felt within you, the sudden coldness, but at the same time, crying for love, crying for peace, crying for everything.

So let’s start with talking about how we have a whole new bunch of character perspectives that got me sooooo damn confused during the prologue.

Emma Carstairs.

Yes, Emma. From Los Angeles’ beach house.  While sometimes I find Emma’s perspective and her journey within all of this final war of the Mortal Instruments a bit extra, it can be said as a build up to the Dark Artifices, since Emma will be the main star in TDA, and Emma was good company to watch over throughout City of Heavenly Fire. She is a very brave twelve year old in which I adore: young girls with the fire within her. But what I got really annoyed from the Carstairs and the Blackthorns?




Julian = Jules
Drusilla = Dru
Octavian = Tavvy
Livia = Livvy
Tiberius = Ty

I would honestly prefer the Blackthorn kids being called by their full name, but no one cares because their plot line is so good as well. The story usually jumps from Clary’s gang to Emma who is currently (as in Book 6) at Idris along with the Blackthorns. What really boosted the entire story throughout Book 6 from Emma’s perspective was probably how they were able to bring out the corruption of the government, but at the same time the necessary will to survive the obstacles ahead.

By book six, all the main characters are pretty saturated: as in they have grown to a level where they’re no longer their past selves: they’ve moved beyond the stage and are all fully developed, and I am so happy to see the changes that happened in the books. Not to mention their journey into the demon realms and how epic it was. (Pssst steamy scene)

Once you reach 60% of the book, there is no turning back. You just wouldn’t stop reading, you wouldn’t stop to put the book down until you’ve reached the very last climax of the book, until the heavenly fire burning within you has rose to its zenith, until your very last breath.

The ending was absolutely magnificent, as bright as the Morning Star, and as Clary and the others find their way among all that is lost, they play a dangerous game only to find that what they have lost, isn’t everything just yet.

Your heart gets shattered over and over again in the very last few chapters of City of Heavenly Fire, until you reach the epilogue.

The frozen flower begins to blossom in the epilogue, knots untied but still many knots left unresolved, more hearts left broken. But as the ending comes closer and closer, it gets better. What was really fun about this book (and it is the first time that I’ve truly noticed) of how many references there are between this book and The Infernal Devices. Now I have never read the Infernal Devices and I plan to, but since I spoiled myself with one or two relationships (just to secure myself to the ground so that the overwhelming number of characters in the Shadowhunter Chronicles won’t rip me in half). By the end, this really important key revelation sparked to me, and it was as if my mind lit up. I found that quite an amazing discovery.

And as it all comes to an end, and as I closed the very final page of the book, I lifted my head and let out a sigh.

This journey has ended, but it has just begun.

Because the Heavenly Fire always burns: within the Fallen Angels, within the Lost Souls, until it burns the Bones down into Ashes into Glass, because the Heavenly Fire is the divine light that will shine upon the darkness, a Lumiere that will always light the path of the Shadowhunters.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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