Reviewed by: Jill
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note: While this review will attempt to be spoiler free, it does make references to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, City of Bones.
Sebastian is still on the loose and turning Shadowhunters into evil soulless creatures called Endarkened Ones. Jace is struggling with his identity still, especially after having been linked with Sebastian. This is a major theme throughout this book—good versus evil—and especially that gray area in between.
There are basically three parts to City of Heavenly Fire. The first is whiny, teenage angst. The second part is where all the real action is. The action in Cassandra Clare’s books is always top-notch and this book doesn’t disappoint. There is an excellent lead up and ending battle that is truly awesome.
The ending of this book goes on for miles, it’s almost like the ending of the third Lord of the Rings movie, where you’ve been ugly sobbing for 30 minutes already, and just want it to end. Or maybe that’s just me? Either way, prepare yourself with tissues.
Jace is still trying to deal with the ramifications of the battle at Lake Lyn, which prevents Clary and him from touching. It’s frustrating for their teenage hormones. Now, I love me some tormented guys, but Jace is starting to really get on my nerves. For example, when Clary tells him about her almost getting raped by her brother, he turns it into an emo thing about how he can’t be trusted to protect her. Ridiculous. Where is Will Herondale? He was never this annoying. I rolled my eyes to0 many times that my eye sockets started hurting. In his defense, he does save the moment:
“I just wish that I could say the right thing, do the right thing, to make this easier for you. Whatever you want from me, I want to do it. I want to be there for you in whatever the right way is for you, Clary.”
Excellent save, my man.
We are introduced to some awesome secondary characters as well. Emma Carstairs is badass, and I hope her and Julian Blackthorn get their own book or series. Tessa and Brother Zachariah get a small cameo as well (read The Infernal Devices series for their story). The way that these two series intertwine is really beautifully done. Like when the London Institute was attacked, but was somehow able to fend itself off, that answer will be found in the TID series, which is such a cool little Easter egg for fans.
Sexual content: Kissing, references to sex