Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (3): CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This past week, the Mundane world saw the reveal of the cover for what is one of the most anticipated 2014 YA releases: The City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

I've had a longtime love affair with The Mortal Instruments series. It's a fantasy world that I love to explore. I didn't think it would be possible for me to love a prequel series more, but the Infernal Devices books make up one of my favorite book series, entering the ranks with Graceling, Harry Potter, Divergent, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and its companion series, The Heroes of Olympus. 

Clockwork Princess was in my Top 13 Books of 2013 (a series of posts I plan to start shortly) -- it actually cracked the top three. It was everything that a final book in a series should be and it left me so, so incredibly hungry and hopeful for City of Heavenly Fire and to see how they all pull together. I won't gush too much about Clockwork Princess here, since I do plan to review it in my Top 13 Books of 2013 later this month.

While I love The Mortal Instruments, I have kind of felt frustrated with the past two books -- I felt like Clary and Jace have just been kept apart for so long and been put through so much, with so little payoff. I have extremely high hopes for City of Heavenly Fire. Cassandra Clare really set the bar high with Clockwork Princess and I hope that City of Heavenly Fire measures up and also provides an interesting feed into what her next trilogy in the realm of the Shadowhunters. (The Dark Artifices trilogy's first book, Lady Midnight, is slated for a March 2015 release. She also has two more Shadowhunter related trilogies in the works.)

The cover reveal has left me extremely anxious, though. I think part of that comes from a condition I call Allegiant-related-PTSD. I no longer have faith in final books and am extremely nervous that I will get my heartbroken by a book. 

If you'll notice, Clary is wearing white on the cover, which for Shadowhunters, is the traditional wear for mourning. She is also with Sebastian on the cover. I don't take that to mean that she's going to end up with him (PLEASE GOD NO). But I do feel very nervous that someone will die at his hands. At this point, I can't imagine who could die that I'm not extremely attached to. And with the added twist that some characters from The Infernal Devices may show up, it makes me even more nervous because I'm so very attached to those characters.

Anyway, here's a brief look at City of Heavenly Fire and what we know so far ... 

 CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE
 (The Mortal Instruments #6)

 AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
 PUBLISHED: May 27, 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)
 GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural
 PAGES: 733
 PRE-ORDER IT: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
 Find it on Goodreads

 Summary:
 Î•RCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID. 

 I am coming.

 Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


How are YOU feeling about City of Heavenly Fire? Nervous? Excited? Sad it's coming to an ending? Excited for more Shadowhunter adventures in Cassandra's new series? Talk to me!

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