The Cassandra Clare books (Infernal Devices and Mortal Instruments)

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So I just finished “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare. Man, did that book take me forever…. well, not as long as a Game of Thrones book, but still. It took me about two months to finish it. Here is my reasoning. I have been really dedicated to this series since I first read it freshman year of college. So four years ago. I loved how complex some of the characters were, how interesting it was to read such a thrilling book series. Maybe it’s not in the category of best literature ever, but you know what? Screw your judgments on what makes good literature or not. The series read so well for me and I loved learning about the world of the shadowhunters. The main reason why I chose to review both series in one post is because I feel like they are all connected.

For those who have yet to pick up the series, here is your spoil free review on the series. This series is about angels, demons, and many other creatures that you might be familiar with. There are vampires, werewolves, faeries, shapeshifters, and many other “monsters.” It’s about the fight between good and bad. And how far one would go to protect the ones they love. The Infernal Devices is set in the Victorian era, in London, while the Mortal Instruments series is set in modern day New York. Definitely a read for people who are into Supernatural. The perspective of each book comes from third person limited, shifting from different points of view. In both series, the female character is very strong willed. They each start in a place of ignorance, and as they begin to learn about the “Shadow World” they turn into female badasses. Yes, there are a few sex scenes, but don’t be discouraged. I feel like they are all well deserved. The male counterparts are also very complex people. I once met Cassandra Clare and her question to me was “Team Will or Jace?” Each character has their issues, and for good reasons. Jace and Will both brood in their own way. But I think Jace has more snark to his character. So I had to vote Jace.

Okay, that was as much as I could go without actually trying to spoil anything. So here you go. My full review!!!

***Spoiler Alert***

After reading “City of Heavenly Fire,” I have to just give a small moment of silence for the series. It brought in the Infernal Devices ending so beautifully. I mean, Tessa actually being there to talk to Clary, was priceless. One thing I need to talk about was how they got around their deal with Magnus’ father. I was almost about to lose hope that Simon would be saved. I really believed he would somehow make it out okay. And he did!!! Losing his memory, only to have it brought back again, really proved to be the most powerful ending. Yes, it was a cliched ending, but so what? Everyone ended up for the better. Even in the end, when Sebastian dies and in one tiny instant becomes a figment of what Jonathan might have been, was so amazing. I know as a writer, I should use my words better and create better worlds for my own words, but sometimes you have to take everything with a grain of salt. And not be some pretentious douche bag who only cares about being better than everyone else. That scene when Sebastian dies, will always live on with me. I could imagine the scene in my head and I’m saddened to know that they will never create that scene in a movie, or even in a television series. Also, the way that we didn’t find out what Clary did till the last second was agonizingly brutal. For that one split second, I thought that Sebastian had won. A part of me died right then.

The characters themselves will always resonate with me as a writer. Mainly because they were so complex and yet, I could see them develop very well throughout the series. In the end of COHF, when Jace tells Clary that he did fall in love with the wrong person, I really felt the series come to a close. The whole time you think that that prediction was wrong, that he did end up with the right person, only to find that it was really true.

I also need to talk about the Infernal Devices series. I’m just going to say this. I thought that ending was perfect. Having an immortal character changes a lot of things. If you’re with someone who is mortal, eventually they are going to die. But having it so that Jem turned into a Silent Brother (which, by the way, was perfectly set up) and then having him come back to life later on, was the perfect way to settle the whole “team” thing. She totally got both. I read this book series a while ago and it left me in awe. I just really loved reading this series so much.

*****

I hope you liked my review on Cassandra Clare’s two hit series. I hope to post up another draft of my story in a few moments, so stick around! Also, sometimes I might just rant about random life events that are happening around me, so be warned!

~ Jillian

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