City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare | The Mortal Instruments

This book is perhaps my favorite out of the six Mortal Instruments books and I have a lot of sentimental reasons for it – it came out on the day of my last high school exam and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

The review might contain mild spoilers.

The synopsis: 

Sebastian is wreaking havoc among the Shadowhunters. With the Infernal Cup in his possession, he pulls nightmares into reality, tearing apart families and friends to expand his army of Endarkened. 

The Shadowhunters seek sanctuary in Idris but not even the demon towers can keep out Valentine’s son and with the Nephilim hiding in Idris, who is left out there to protect the world. 

When a great betrayal is revealed, Clary, Isabelle, Jace, Alec and Simon must make the journey through the demon realms and stop the monstrosity that Sebastian is trying to turn into the reality – a journey that no Shadowhunter has made before and come back from.

My Thoughts:

What I liked about the book: This book was very anticipated for me and I have nostalgic memories with it – it came out a day after my last exam at high school. I loved how the series wrapped and the short introduction that we were given for the next installment in the Shadowhunter world – the story (and tragedy) of the Blackthorns. 

There are some hilarious moments in this very tense book – the stolen moments between Izzy and Simon, Clary and Jace’s overall interactions. I love Magnus’s wisdom, I feel like at times he is the only one who has any common sense at all. 

The ending of this book killed me – absolutely killed me. The battle scenes are epic and intense and kept me on the edge of my seat, but damn – those what-if scenarios always get to me. We could have had so much more but death is inevitable for some characters, isn’t it? Also better off dead than be stuck with an unachievable redemption arc. 

I love City of Heavenly Fire and it has been so for a very long time now. It is a comfort read and it is one of the best books Cassie Clare has written, in my opinion.

What I didn’t like about the book: *spoiler* When someone lost his memories was a lot messy and very unnecessary. 

A quote: “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.”

My rating: 5/5 stars.

Who is your favorite villain and why?

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