It’s over? No no there must be some kind of mistake! It can’t really be over after all this time. Alas ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the end of an era has arrived. We will never again read the heart-clenching adventures of our favorite shadowhunters. Never again will we get to live the anguish, joy, love and loss of our beloved warriors. The time has come, for now, to say goodbye to Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabel, Magnus and everyone else that graced their stories. And I will be the first to admit that I am devastated. (For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, I am appalled and suggest you google it now!)
When The City of Bones first came out I was immediately enthralled, and dragged into this world that Cassandra Clare was able to create, which in my opinion rivals that of the Harry Potter books! There was no doubt in my mind that the adventures to come would be thrilling, filled with danger and demons and epic love that would have me staying up way into the hours of the night. As the series moved on, I was marveled by the plot that Clare was unraveling and I did fall hopelessly in love with the characters that she had brought into my life. It didn’t take long for me to join the ever-growing fandom.
Throughout the books I was able to see the world she had skillfully crafted with words. From the towering mansion that was the New York Institute to the gleaming Demon Towers of Alicante. From the stark contrast between Jace and his faithful parabatai Alec to the warmth and devotion between the two best friends Clary and Simon. To the undying love that flooded the pages of the series, Luke and Jocelyn, Simon and Isabel, Alec and Magnus and of course Jace and Clary, who will always be in my heart and a part of my childhood.
The beautiful world of sacrifice, blood ties and thirst for power. The world of fairies, vampires, werewolves, angels and demons has come to an epic end in ‘The City of Heavenly Fire’.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened Amry 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, Isabel, 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 . . .
I finished this book in a day. I swear that’s how bad I wanted to know what happened. I was immensely worried that it would end terribly and at various points as I turned the last few pages I couldn’t help but wish there were more than there actually were. But I have to say that this final installment brought the end of this series to a beautiful one. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it but for those of you who have… EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPPPPP! Am I right? *sigh
As usual Clare managed to take us to new places with her words and we felt the emotions that were running through the characters in all the scenes. The battles and bloodshed, the mourning and grief and the love and loss all made the book a wonderful experience. I have to say that there were various surprises towards the end that I was not expecting but that were absolutely wonderful! Okay I have to at least mention that Clare managed to wonderfully bring in some characters from the series prequel ‘The Infernal Devies’ (if you have not read them I suggest you get it… NOW!) I found myself sighing in contentment and gasping with joy at so many moments. Sometimes I even had to put the book down, screech with excitement, then try and continue reading between jumping up and down.
The ending chapter of the book can only be described in one word: magnificent! It was simple, it was warm and it was beautiful. I was worried at first, but in the end even though I wish there were more books to come, I wouldn’t want this last one to have ended any other way.
Okay I may have been exaggerating a little back there. For those of you who did not know we might be seeing a little bit more of our beloved legends in a new series that Cassandra Clare is releasing. Two series actually! One follows a diary of the life of Magnus Bane (High Warlock of Brooklyn for those of you who were not aware) entitled ‘The Bane Chronicles’ and another is a continuation of the story we just finished but based on the lives of other characters we met in this last book entitled ‘The Dark Artifices’. You could also look for ‘The Shadowhunter’s Codex’, the manual for being a great shadowhunter and if you haven’t read ‘The Infernal Devices’ I suggest you get to that too! I shouldn’t even have to mention that I will definitely be reading them!
And with that I bring this review to an end. I have to say that as I write this my heart is pretty torn up. Cassandra Clare allowed me to imagine a beautiful world and I feel very sad that this chapter has come to an end. This book was also full of inspiring quotes, many of which I think touch the hearts of all of us even though we know that sadly life is not a story book. So I leave unto you now, a quote from Jace Herondale:
Freely we serve
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall
Catch you later my darlings,