The demon, Lilith, has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father, Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away – not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has brought – Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved – and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this Earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell – a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
Starting this book, I wasn’t super excited to read it, as you could tell from my review of the previous book. I kind of put it down and didn’t read it for a while, and tried going back to it, but just couldn’t get into it. Finally, my mom finished City of Fallen Angels and was borrowed this book from the library to read, along with the next, and finally, mortal instruments book. Once she started reading it, it became a race to see who could finish the book, and claim City of Heavenly Fire first. I spent a whole day reading, and I won (of course!). Now, I’m starting the last book, and it’s sooooo long!
I would give this book a 4/5, because though I really did enjoy this book, I feel like the whole book was like every other book in the Mortal Instruments series. With Clary trying to figure out how to save Jace, who keeps getting himself in trouble. The similarities between the City of Bones series and the Twilight saga, are really crazy. I think I’m going to write a post about that soon. Anyway, hope you enjoyed!