Monday, August 18, 2014

Audiobook Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Mortal Instruments Series , #6
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read By: Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner
  • Length: 20 hours and 38 minutes
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

*This is the final book of the series. While my review will be spoiler free for this installment, there will be spoilers from the previous books. Continue at your own risk.

Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones and Jason Dohring of Veronica Mars read the long-awaited conclusion to the Mortal Instruments series!

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to 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 of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian, but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance. Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change.

Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

My Thoughts

This has been a series that I have really enjoyed, so I was excited to read this final installment. This was probably my least favorite of the series. I did enjoy it, but I felt like it was overly long, and could have been much more condensed. I listened to the audio of it and really enjoyed the narrators, but being that it's a very long book, the audiobook seemed to last forever. Good thing that the narrators did a great job because that's a lot of listening time. Things weren't as intense as I would have thought, but there was plenty of action and coming together of events to make it good. I have waited a long time to write this review, but it's because I am not really sure what to say. Being the 6th book in a series, it is hard to review.

I won't go into individual characters since by now we all know them well. Clary and Jace are all happy together with the exception of not being able to really embrace their relationship. With Jace having the Heavenly Fire burning inside of him, and not knowing how to control it, it makes things a little too hot when they do get a bit carried away. I love how strong their relationship is though, and they have definitely been through a lot. They know that things are going to get extremely tough with trying to take down Sebastian and knowing that it's probably nearly impossible. Especially with his Endarkened army protecting him, as well as killing off Shadowhunters. The only thing that Sebastian wants is Clary ruling by his side.

Of course I went through this book hoping for a Magnus and Alec reunion as well, and for Simon and Izzy to finally really get together. Whether either of those things happen I can't say, but there is a lot of mixed feelings and things going on. With everything else going on it's not really the first thing on their minds, but it's always there and it's done well with realistic emotional issues keeping things interesting.

There is death in this book as you would expect too. Some of it a bit heartbreaking, but not surprising since they are facing off against an incredible force known as Sebastian and his army. What makes Sebastian so scary is that he is smart. He knows how to go about things and get what he wants. The only thing he doesn't account for is not really knowing the true power of love. He thinks he can force it, make it happen. He doesn't know that love is more powerful than anything he could ever do.

The audio version of this is great. I loved both of the narrators. They both really brought the story to life. They put the emotion into the story that you don't always feel when you read it yourself. I felt like they each did the characters very well and they really made each their own. I really liked that there were two narrators for this too, even though it wasn't necessary since it's not a dual narration. It broke it up and that's a good thing with how long this is. Before things get all crazy, each has a certain set of people and scenes they are reading for. After a while I didn't notice it so much though. 

I have grown to love and hate the characters through this series and as much as a series coming to an end is sad sometimes, I was ready for this one to. I felt that the story has been told enough and it was time to wrap things up. I thought it ended well. We have a definite ending for the current things that are happening, but it's still left open to ponder what comes next. (Which I am assuming will be whatever events occur in The Dark Artifices) I was not moved to tears from this, but I did enjoy it and think that overall this was a great series and a great final installment.

*An audiobook copy of this was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. This seems like it was a decent conclusion for you, Amy. I gave up on this series after the third book which I thought was the final novel and I haven't felt any compulsion to pick it up.
    It's a shame about it feeling too long though. There are books that are long that don't feel long when you're reading because you can't get enough and then there are books like theses.
    Great review, Amy!

  2. I have yet to read this one! I'm hoping the ending will work out for me.

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