“Temper us in fire, and we grow stronger. When we suffer, we survive.”
This was an amazing book. It took me a long time to get around to reading this series again, but now that I’m finished with it, I really miss the characters. It’s strange knowing that Jace, Clary, Simon, Izzy, and Alec are no longer the focus of these books. Or something that I can go back to. Their story has been told and if we see them again, they will only be a guest in the other series. It was a long, emotional, crazy, sometimes boring (ahem, City of Fallen Angels), but all the while exciting journey. So much happened from the moment Clary saw Jace in Pandemonium to the final page in the epilogue of Heavenly Fire. Going from the end and the resolution of everything to the Shadowhunters television show will be weird. I don’t like where Jace and Clary wind up at the end of City of Bones. Too much pain and frustration at that ending.
Cassandra Clare completely floored me with her writing abilities in this book. She has woven an intricate world in these books, and anything that happens in one book affects characters in the others. She has planned this series out so well that I was in awe reading this book. She starts to set up for the characters that Lady Midnight will be focusing on and she even starts to mention Will’s lineage for The Last Hours trilogy. She has great plans for 5 total series in the Shadowhunter world and I don’t doubt that they will be good or well thought out.
City of Heavenly Fire ends at 725 pages and it might be my largest book I own, it is not the longest (Winter still holds that title). Somehow in that entire length the book didn’t lull. Well, almost. After the final action happened at the end of the book and Clare started to tie up her loose ends, I started to skim. I was only interested in certain parts and I don’t know if that’s so much because of the fact I finished this book at nearly 2 am on a school night. Totally worth it, though. But I still felt like the final chapters and epilogue were pulled out long but she was tying everything up with a neat little bow and setting it all back up.
For the most part, Clary and Jace were happy. Finally. They have been through so much together that it was refreshing, and comforting, to see that they were really moving forward. It was nice seeing Jace move from loathing himself (though there were plenty of moments) to letting others help him. The character development was great.
The story centers around Sebastian’s growing plan to destroy the world. This book seemed to be both a finale to TMI and a prequel to the rest of the books. There was plenty of action to keep readers interested but not so much that it was just fight scene after fight scene.
This book actually made me want to read Lady Midnight and see what would happen with Emma Carstairs (family resemblance anyone?) and Julian Blackthorn next. Clare is somehow keeping me hooked.
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