- Page Count: 725
- Release Date: May 27, 2014
- My Rating: 2.5 stars
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!
Ok in all honesty I skimmed a few parts of this. A lot of nice things happened, but I was kind of bored for the most part. BUT I FINISHED THIS SERIES!!!!!! It’s done! (Should I really be this thrilled that it’s over)?
The third book is definitely my favorite. I kind of expected the final book to have a bit more… weight? And I mean some weight beyond the physical weight of this unnecessarily long book. THERE WAS NO REASON FOR THIS TO BE 725 PAGES. There’s all this drama about the apocalypse coming and how everyone might die in a very serious end, but it felt more like that fake-out battle in the final Twilight book. A lot of talk and then not much to deliver. The stuff with Simon did elicit some emotion, but even that didn’t really matter in the end.
I loved the setting of Alicante, though! And I was pretty much reading for Alec, Magnus, Simon, & Isabelle. I still like them.
Other updates: still didn’t care about the werewolves (besides Luke), still don’t like Jace, still can’t get a solid feel for Clary’s character, and still think these Shadowhunters wouldn’t have much of an occupation if the Morgensterns would just chill.
I think I might’ve been more fond of this series when I was younger. Right now all of the angsty teens make me roll my eyes more than anything else. (And all of the stuff about Jace being the best Shadowhunter in history?? Ugh I wish I had an eyeroll emoji to use throughout this whole review). I’m not going to really look for character development from Clary or even get into the actual execution of this story… I think fans will love it no matter what and I really don’t care enough to talk about this book more than I need to in order to say “I’M DONE, I’M DONE, I’M DONE.”
I stuck with these books because I liked a few of the characters and mostly just wanted to see what the fuss was about. I was hoping they’d get better in the end and that would justify the huge fanbase. I can sort of see why some people might love this series now… it’s an interesting world that Cassandra Clare created. I’m not terribly huge on them, but would still somewhat recommend the books because I know I would’ve liked everything more as a teen.