Book Review: “The City of Heavenly Fire”

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“This is the book where Clary goes up against her brother Sebastian, and he is the big villain,” stated Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments series, according to “It’s kind of like a Batman/ Joker cover… And in a way, there’s a play of light and dark going on the cover, and that sets up a big battle between good and evil with Clay standing for good and Sebastian standing for evil.”

In Cassandra Clare’s new book, The City of Heavenly Fire, the Shadowhunters’ society falls apart as darkness returns. Clary, Jace, Simon, and all of their friends need to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s brother, Jonathan (aka the fake Sebastian). But the trouble is, nothing can defeat him, and they may need to travel to another world to even have a chance. Many lives will be lost, loved ones will be sacrificed, and the whole world will change in this new entry of the Mortal Instruments series.

According to, Cassandra Clare has given her fan a few sneak peeks. This is one of the viewings that she has given her fans:


“We shouldn’t,” protested Isabelle. “The Clave has a plan.”

“The Clave has the collective intelligence of a pineapple,” said Jace.

Alec blinked up at them. “Jace is right.”

Isabelle turned on her brother. “What do you know? You weren’t even paying attention.”

“I was,” Alec said, injured. “I said Jace was right.”

“Yeah, but there’s like a 90% chance of me being right most of the time, so that’s not proof you were listening,” said Jace. “That’s just a good guess.”


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“The idea of the Mortal Instruments came to me one afternoon in the East Village. I was with a good friend of mine, who was taking me to see the tattoo shop where she used to work. She showed me that her footprints were on the ceiling in black paint- in fact the footprints of everyone who’d worked there were on the ceiling, crisscrossing each other and making patterns. To me it looked like some fabulous supernatural battle had been fought there by beings who’d left their footprints behind,” said Cassandra Clare, according to

“I started thinking about a magical battle in a New York tattoo shop and the idea of a secret society of demon- hunters whose magic was based on an elaborate system of tattooed runes just sprang into my mind. When I sat down to sketch out the book, I wanted to write something that would combine elements of traditional high fantasy- an epic battle between good and evil, terrible monsters brave heroes, enchanted swords- and recast it through a modern, unban lens. So you have the Shadowhunters, who are these very classic warriors following their millennia- old traditions, but in these urban modern spaces: skyscrapers, warehouses, abandon hotels, and rock concerts.

“In fairytales, it was the dark and mysterious forest outside the town that held the magic and danger. I wanted to create a world where the city has become the forest- where these urban spaces hold their own enchantments, danger, mysteries, and strange beauty. It’s just that only the Shadowhunters who can see them as they really are.”