This book is simply magical; it transported me away from England to the likes of New York and Idris in a matter of seconds.
Sebastian Morgenstern leaves death and destruction in his wake in this final instalment of the Mortal Instruments series.
Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alec battle against demons as well as their own kind and make alliances in order to overthrow the threat of Sebastian and the Endarkened – even if their journey takes them where no Nephilim has been before, into the demon realms...
When this book came out, I devoured it in a matter of hours despite its 733 pages! Cassandra Clare has managed to weave in hints from her previous and upcoming series, which is pure genius.
This book contains my favourite character ever, Isabelle Lightwood, but all of the characters are beautifully written in this series. Even the more immoral characters seem elegant when described by Clare. Her description of each scene is beautiful, even when the scenery itself is not quite so beautiful.
This book made me laugh and cry, and was the best ending to a series I have ever read! If you have not read this book/series, I highly recommend it! I could read this book a thousand times over and never get bored.
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Parents need to know that Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series has always been meant for more mature teen readers. But the sexual content is a bit more mature in City of Heavenly Fire and the previous installment, City of Lost Souls, than in the others. Here main characters have sex for the first time (with a condom), and other couples -- straight and gay -- do plenty of kissing and rolling around together. The series continues to be bloody and violent, with some truly gory moments -- guts spilling, heads rolling -- and some profoundly sad ones, such as when a 12-year-old boy must kill his own father because his father drank out of a cup that "turned" him evil. There are more sad deaths, mostly by stabbing, and some battle scenes and talk of massacres. The older teen characters drink wine together. They also fight alongside one another, showing loyalty, friendship, and bravery -- big themes of the series. Clare includes a gay relationship with all the complexity and then some of a straight one -- which is rare, especially for a fantasy series. She also introduces her first autistic character, Tiberius, who will figure more prominently in her follow-up series, The Dark Artifices.