the mortal instruments 6 (city of heavenly fire); a review

City of Heavenly Fire, By Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire, By Cassandra Clare

Book 28/50

*Contains Spoilers*

I was devastated to learn that the 6th installment of the Mortal Instruments series would be the last. My husband always asks me why I love series of books so much and I know it sounds silly, but one of the things I love about a book series is that I never have to wonder what the characters are up to after reading one book, because I can just continue on to the next. I like to follow their journeys, and ultimately get closure.  And that is exactly what I got with MI6.

I’ll start by saying this: I loved it. It was a perfect ending. The book was a fast-paced, action packed Y/A read, as all of the books in the series have been. There are so many setting changes and events that took place in this book specifically that I’m not sure the best way to articulate my summarizing thoughts. So, I’ll just point out some of the most crucial moments and my feedback on them. Feel free to chime in!

The integration of Emma: I thought the integration of Emma Carstairs and the family was a very clever way for Clare to weave a new soon-to-be series called The Dark Artifices (taking place five years in the future) into her portfolio, especially because Clare has hinted on social media that we will catch glimpses of some of our favourite Mortal Instruments characters in the upcoming series as well. I loved Emma’s impetuous and loyal attitude, and I’m excited to see what happens next for her character when the first book of the new series comes out in 2015.

The death of Jordan: I was quite shocked when Jordan was killed, although after I finished the series I realized that Clare had always meant for Jordan to die. He had always felt guilty for turning Maia Roberts into a werewolf, and had tried making it up to her up until his final days. At first, I thought Maia was pregnant, and that is what she didn’t want to tell Jordan, but she later made it clear that she had wanted to break up with him, which was an interesting twist and one I didn’t see coming.

The death of Raphael: I read on Cassandra Clare’s Tumblr account that killing Head Vampire Raphael was one of the hardest murders she has written to date. I was a bit shocked that Raphael didn’t go for the kill when he had the chance to with Magnus Bane, but I too was left feeling a bit sad when Raphael died. He was one of those characters that I liked to dislike, yet he proved in his final moments that he also had a conscious and a heart.

The death of Sebastian: There is a tenderness that Cassandra Clare brings to the end of the Sebastian story line, and although some may complain that she was too easy on him in his last hour of life, I would dispute that. Sebastian died with the demon blood released from him, and I think it was a way for Clary and her mother to get peace from the whole thing. For a few moments, he was apologetic; he was Jonathan. He was the son/brother that could have been, if it wasn’t for Valentine.

Simon (Memory Loss, his future): Simon offering to lose his memory killed me. I love Simon and Clary’s friendship. I sat on the edge of my seat during one of the final scenes when Clary, Magnus and Isabel all sitting in the tree as Simon left campus. When Clary approaches him, it breaks my heart when he doesn’t remember her. But I had hope! Clare had built up Simon and Clary’s friendship too much to let it dissolve in such a way. I was so pleased that Simon is no longer immortal (since he hated being a vampire),  reconnected with Isabel, his family and his friends, and is on his way to becoming a Shadowhunter. In fact, I wouldn’t mind reading a novella on how Simon progresses as a through this new phase! (Let’s be honest, I would read anything to hear more about the Mortal Instruments characters!)

The ending: Everything ended as peacefully as it could in the Shadowhunter world, and most importantly, the gang of unlikely friends and lovable misfits were all together at last.

Overall, I love the quick and easiness of the Mortal Instruments series. I flew through every single book in the series at a somewhat dangerous speed. I enjoyed the creativity and use of several fantastical beasts and creatures from books 1-6, and was impressed with the underlying themes of love, strength and loyalty; all good traits for the YA demographic to read. There were issues that came up in the book that the demo (and beyond) go through today, i.e. Magnus and Alec’s struggles with Alec’s father and his disdain for same sex relationships) and I think Clare hit the nail on the head with how the characters dealt with those situations.

And of course my utter love for Jace and Clary and their relationship goes without saying; I had been cheering for them for so long.  Sigh. The soul mates together at last. Jace makes me laugh, and Clary’s growth is inspiring. When the two of them finally got together in the cave, I swooned. I mean, come on: we had been waiting five and a half whole books for that to happen! And the fact that it happened in a demonic universe?

That was fantastical too.

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