Audiobook Review – City of Heavenly Fire

Posted May 18, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 1 Comment

Audiobook Review – City of Heavenly FireCity of Heavenly Fire Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
by Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Sophie Turner, Jason Dohring
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 27, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Length: 20 hours and 38 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
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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!

My Review

City of Heavenly Fire is the amazing final book of The Mortal Instruments series. This conclusion had everything I wanted – action, romance and closure.

I don’t want to include spoilers so this review will be short. Cassandra Clare created a finale that took me on an emotional rollercoaster. I was swooning over the relationships of the characters (Clary/Jace, Isabel/Simon, and Alec/Magnus). Not only does the romance increase but also their friendship and respect for each other. I was also angry at the pain Sebastian caused and heartbroken at the loss of their friends. The finale was also filled with edge of your seat action. I was in awe of the descriptions of the scenes and I felt as if I was witnessing the battles. This book had the right mix of excitement and heartwarming moments that made me love these characters more.

The epilogue was perfect and I know this isn’t a farewell to the characters I’ve grown to love. Since The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series intertwined I suspect they will make an appearance in Cassandra Clare’s new series The Dark Artifices. Cassandra Clare’s books are perfect for fans of YA paranormal looking for a story with action, romance and unbreakable bonds of friendship.

Audiobook Review (2.5 Stars)

City of Heavenly Fire is narrated by Jason Dohring (Logan, Veronica Mars) and Sophie Turner (Sansa, Game of Thrones). I thought they both did ok but there were times I thought their performance was flat. The story alternates between POVs so the narrators take turns for the chapters. I would have preferred Jason doing the male characters and Sophie doing the female characters but I don’t think it would have improved their performance. Sophie’s British accent adds an aristocratic touch but she couldn’t pull off Clary’s American accent. But she was pleasant to listen to. Jason was monotone and boring. There were times I felt they didn’t capture the characters personalities (for example the sarcasm of Jace and Simon). Basically both narrators were just reading the book to me. Good thing I borrowed this audiobook from my library otherwise I would have been really upset I paid money for it.


Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 Reading Assignment


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One response to “Audiobook Review – City of Heavenly Fire

  1. Yay I am so glad and happy you really love City Of Heavenly Fire! This book emotional drained me and left me in such a huge book hungover that weeks pass by after I finish this book that I kept on thinking about it. Yes it really was an fantastic and emotional book for me too lol. Thank you for your great review and post.