Monday, January 4, 2016

Jonel's review of City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by -- Jonel        

Book Review of --
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

My overall star rating --- 5   
   
About the book:
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!        

Book creation ratings:
Overall total, out of 30 -- 26        
-- Story & characters -- 9        
-- Cover & title -- 8        
-- Editing & formatting -- 9        
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
This novel is vivid & larger than life. The story itself is action paced, with vivid battles that aren’t gory & lives and loves that stand the test of time.  Clare had me laughing out loud more than once. She also broke my heart at the end. I found that the narrators of the audio version worked well side by side & really added to the tale. 

Clare writes in a way that gives adults a nice clean look at romance & allows teens to also enjoy the story (without parents going ballistic). The intimacy in this story is a key point of that. The fight scenes are similar in nature, wherein there is a battle going on, people get injured & people die but it remains somewhat inferred. Clare sets up the scenes & allows the readers to use their imaginations.

The characters really come into their own in this story.  The Jonathan/Sebastian dichotomy was complex and very enlightening. I love how prominent a place the downworlders are taking in the story. They’re no longer just fringe characters. This is multiculturalism at its finest. As for Brother Zachariah.... I think I've got that one figured out, but have to go & read the 3rd Infernal Devices now to be sure.

This is a novel that all lovers of fantasy, magic, the paranormal, urban fiction, and YA must read. I will warn you, however, that this is a series that definitely needs to be read in order.                

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- YA Urban Fantasy        
Age recommendations -- 16 - YA oriented but adults will enjoy it as well
Sex content rating -- moderate        
Violence rating -- a lot but not gory or graphic        

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