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Monday, October 12, 2015

Audio Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire 
(The Mortal Instruments #6)
by Cassandra Clare

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends 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 out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

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Viviana's Review:
This will be a quick review... this should have been a DNF for me. It dragged. The series should have finished with book 3. However, I'm now trying to figure out if it was the story itself or the narrators that made it worse? Perhaps it was a mix. The story dragged because there were just too many details. It was definitely a lot of "filler" and "oh let's make it longer by adding a scene that isn't needed"
So why did I continue reading/listening? Because I wanted to see how it ended. How did they end up tying up all the loose ends? When the end finally did come, I did the happy dance! No lie. I don’t think I ever did the happy dance for a book to be over. That made me sad. It wasn’t because it was a bad or terrible book. It was just too damn long. It wasn’t necessary.

The series is over… though there is a new spin off starting next year. This is part of the reason why this book was so long… it was a set up for the spin off as we were introduced to those characters.
The narrators seemed to have been bored. They read with no emotion nor did they seem to want to perform for the readers. There were moments where they seemed to perk up, but again those were moment and they were rare.

Overall, again, this was a series that could have ended like three books ago. It was well written but it was too long and it dragged. Additionally, if the narrators would have been more alive I think the feeling of it being “too long” and “dragging” wouldn’t have been so in your face.

Rating: 2 Stars - It was Okay

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