Review: City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #5)

Posted June 16, 2014 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

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City of Heavenly Fire – 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! (from GoodReads)


I really like these covers. I’m glad that both series match.

Initial Thoughts

I’m sure anyone going into this book had high expectations. Clockwork Princess was an excellent final book so I was expecting something along those lines. I didn’t really have any ideas about what was going to happen in this book, only the usual huge battle at the end. I was also expecting a lot of death with such a big battle on the way.

My New BFF

I love both Clary and Isabelle. Isabelle is just so awesome and badass and stays cool in every situation. She’s always around to back up her friends. Clary is really smart. She knows what she has to do and does it without complaining. Both of them are great heroines that I’d love to get to know.

My Crush

Jace and Magnus. Obviously, I can’t have Magnus but he’s such a cool character! I love his crazy style and attitude. I also really enjoy that Cassandra Clare put a gay character in her book. It’s a nice change from all the typical girl/guy relationships we read about all the time. I love Jace for obvious reasons. I found he was a little sappy in this book though. It made his character a little off. He didn’t have as many good lines as he did in the other books.

Writing Style

The writing style was the same as the other books except for the characters. It almost felt like she forgot who her characters were. Maybe that was just me but I found Jace wasn’t as funny, Clary didn’t think things through as much, Isabelle didn’t care about a whole lot, Alec was whinny, and Simon was just kind of around. I know their situation changed but I felt like they should have stayed mostly the same. There’s character development and then there’s not knowing your characters.

The plot was good but it got too predictable. I was expecting a lot more surprises, instead it was the same ending as every series before it.

Closing Thoughts

I was disappointed. I’m upset that I feel that way. I tried so hard to love this book like everyone else and it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do anything after finishing it, the disappointment was too intense. It was a good book, I’m not saying don’t read it. I was just expecting so much more from her. I see the potential for an awesome ending and it wasn’t anywhere close. I was expecting at least some death or something that would make me cry. Nope. Nothing. I felt like she cheated her way out of an ending. Instead of killing someone off she did something else. I just really hate when authors are too afraid to kill off characters. She needs some lessons from George R.R. Martin.


“Did Brother Zachariah just steal our cat?”

4 out of 5 stars


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4 responses to “Review: City of Heavenly Fire (Mortal Instruments #5)

  1. Couldn’t agree more. I reviewed this today as well and I agree that she lost her characterisation trying to force a happy ending. It felt like she was writing fanfiction of her own books.

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