Sunday, 19 August 2018

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I'm not going to include the summary or anything given this is the last book in the series. I don't really have much to say about this book...but I wanted to write a review anyway because I finally finished this freaking series and I wanted a post to acknowledge that because omg did it take forever.

For context: I read the first book in 2007 or 2008. So it has literally taken me pretty much a decade to finish this series. It's not even one of those ones I still felt invested in (like Harry Potter), I was just too stubborn to quit on it and people told me it's better to finish before reading the spin off.

I loved the original trilogy and, even now that I've finished the last book, I still think it would've been better off remaining just a trilogy. The extension of the series from three books to six just felt dragged out rather than a necessary and welcome continuation.

This book is definitely the best of the additional three books, but it still felt a little flat because so much of the book was spent setting up for the spin-off series or adding cameos from the prequel trilogy. The book was 637 pages long, that's a lot of book.

It was also quite jarring when there were reminders that the time span from book one to book six was only 6 months. And yet the series dragged on for a decade (i.e. readers who picked up the book when it first came out may have started out the same age as the characters but by the time the series ended those readers were in their mid 20's while the characters were still stuck at 16).

I did like the book though, in the end. I was happy with the endings a lot of the characters got, even if the story did feel quite stale and like half of it could've gotten axed in the editing stage and the book would've been better for it...but overall, it was okay.

I guess that's all I have to say about the book. Like I said, it's not so much a review as it is a celebration of finally finishing it. I'm intrigued by the spin off series, but I think I need a break from this world before diving back into it again.

I'd rate the book 3 stars out of 5.

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