My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve thinking on this one a bit. This is book six, the final book, in Ms. Clare’s six-part series The Mortal Instruments.
I liked how Ms. Clare ended this installment. I say installment because this is one story out of four stories of this world. She started the Shadowhuter world with this series and I’ll dive into the others maybe later.
Time for this review.
As mentioned, I liked how Ms. Clare ended this. There’s always some anxiety when it comes down to the last book of a series and, well, this one is no different. However, it was a nice ending, so speak, of a very long story.
In this book, our lovable characters regroup. Jace is no longer is possessed by Sebastian, but he has Glorious’ Heavenly fire trapped within him–that must royally suck! In this book, we also meet the next set of characters Ms. Clare will write about, in her next installment–The Dark Artifices–all from the Los Angeles Institute. We see the last half of Sebastian’s plan unfold, we meet Magnus’ dad, and (my absolute favorite parts!!) we get glimpses of James Carstairs! Not Brother Zacharias, but actual James!! I loved it. It made this book worth the read!
Okay, back to the point. City of Heavenly Fire. The fairies end up as alliances to Sebastian and kidnap the Downworlder representatives because, well, they want to divide the Shadowhunters and Downworlders so Sebastian can “rule them all” *says in that mock movie voice, you know the one I mean*. Our five brave lads and lasses (ok, I’ve been reading some Highland materials) go out to rescue them (of course they don’t listen to the “stay here while we figure this out” directive the Counsel gives them) meanwhile the über Shadowhunters, adults mainly, try to keep the peace in Alicante.
How they defeat Sebastian I’ll let you read because it was way cool! Then I got real sad because Sebastian … well, anyway … and then I got really mad because Magnus’ dad … well, he is a demon … and then I got mad and sad at the same time because … Simon! *sniffs*. And then I squeed because James … AND TESSA! And then I was like “Aw … Ok, I can live with this.” And then I got irritated because now I have to read the next installment. It’s not a choice for me :/ .
Yeah, that’s a bit incoherent, but it really was that wide a range of emotions. Ms. Clare did a really great job tapping into that. Jace and Clary, end game. Clary and Simon BFF! Simon and Isabelle … “It’s complicated.” And Alec and Magnus, working it out.
I gave this book a 4 star rating because as fun as this roller coaster ride was, it wasn’t great. It seems to lack … oh, I don’t know. It just seemed a bit off. And I’m not talking about its relation to the series. I’m talking about the book itself. Cover to cover I thought it was good, not great. I for mind that it’s part of my digital library, but I don’t think I’d spend the money to have it in hard copy … or I’d wait for the paperback version.
Bottom line: I’d probably borrow it from the library (if I hadn’t already purchased everything else).