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‘City of Heavenly Fire’

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Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments # 6.

 

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ERCHOMAI, 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!

(Source: Goodreads.com)

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Mir fehlen die Worte um zu beschreiben wie es mir jetzt nach dem letzten Teil der Mortal Instruments Reihe geht. Nach SECHS! langen Banden – oder genau genommen nach 9 Bänden – bin ich am Ende angelangt und es fühlt sich an, als hätte ich ein ganzes Leben oder beinahe zwei gelebt. Man hat so lange gebangt und auch, obwohl ich nicht immer ein Fan war, mit gezittert, dass man sich nach dem Ende nun etwas verloren fühlt. Losgelassen und abgeschnitten von einer fantasiereichen Welt voller spezieller Wesen und Magie.

Wie ihr vielleicht schon bemerkt habt, hat mir der letzte Teil nun wieder besser gefallen als Teil vier und fünf und ich war lange der Meinung, dass Clare nach Band 3 hätte Schluss machen sollen. Außerdem war ich fest entschlossen mit diesem Buch die Welt der Shadowhunter endgültig hinter mir zu lassen, da es teilweise nur noch Geldmacherei der Autorin ist (meine Meinung)…aber auch hier wurde ich eines besseren belehrt. Natürlich ist es immer noch Geldmacherei ;-) , dennoch hat es Clare so gefinkelt gemacht, und schon jetzt Charaktere eingebaut und sie längere Passagen erzählen lassen, dass ich wieder wissen will, wie es mit Emma, Julian, Helen oder gar Tessa und Jem weitergeht. Ich weiß aber nicht, ob ich deswegen froh oder böse sein soll. ;-) die Zeit wird es wohl weisen.

Wie immer glänzt Clare mit ihrem melodischen, schönen Schreibstil und genauen Beschreibungen, mit dem man sich alles bildhaft vorstellen kann und sich selbst in der Geschichte glaubt.

Die Charaktere haben sich weiterentwickelt und ich fand es gut, dass immer wieder die Erzählweise gewechselt wurde – dadurch hat man immer erfahren, was an den verschiedenen Orten passiert. Und wie schon erwähnt, die Einbringung von Emma und Julian schon jetzt war ein guter Schachzug von Clare aber auch, dass alte Namen aus der anderen Reihe aufgetaucht sind, war einfach toll und hier gestehe ich, dass ich schon immer ein Jem-Fangirl war :)

Es ist wahnsinnig viel passiert in diesem Teil, der wirklich lange war – manches davon gut, anderes weniger, es gab Schönes und Trauriges und ja, man fühlt mit, ob man will oder nicht. Ich will dazu gar nicht viel sagen, um nicht zu spoilern, aber die Geschichte spielt überall, ob nun in New York, Alicante oder in einer anderen Dimension, mit so vielen Handlungssträngen, dass ich sie gar nicht einmal aufzählen will. ^^

Das Ende hat für mich gepasst, besonders da ich Angst hatte, dass es nur ein teilweise Happy End gibt, wie es auch schon bei ‚The infernal Devices‘ der Fall war. Aber nein, hier hat Clare aus ihren Fehlern – und es war ein Fehler! – gelernt und macht ihre Fans glücklich mit einem teilweise offenen Ende, das aber mit positiver Aussicht geschmückt ist und einem das Buch froooh beenden lässt. Was will man mehr? Ich nicht, und somit bleibt auch nichts mehr dazu zu sagen. Naja, wie ihr seht, leide ich jetzt zum Ende noch immer unter Wortkargheit, bin noch immer wie geflashed. ;-)

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Gefällt mir ebenfalls um einiges besser, als die von Teil vier und fünf, weil die Gesichter von Clary und Sebastian wieder verborgener sind und die Stadt und das Feuer rund um sie perfekt zur Story passt. *well done*

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Ein letzter Teil der mich mit der Reihe wieder versöhnt hat und mich nun doch neugierig auf die nächste Trilogie macht. Außerdem wurde ein Ende nach meinem Geschmack geboten, obwohl es zwischenzeitlich echt schlecht aussah und man nicht mehr damit rechnen konnte. Es war lustig, action- und abwechslungsreich, traurig und romantisch, und nicht nur – zum Glück – bei Clary und Jace. Magnus rulez!! =D

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5 of 5 points – (I LOVED it – buy it!)

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(© Clare)

Alec looked down at the shattered pieces in disbelief. “You BROKE my PHONE.”
Jace shrugged. “Guys don’t let other guys keep calling other guys. Okay, that came out wrong. Friends don’t let friends keep calling their exes and hanging up. Seriously. You have to stop.”
Alec looked furious. “So you broke my brand new phone? Thanks a lot.”
Jace smiled serenely and lay back on the grass. “You’re welcome.”

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“We shouldn’t,” protested Isabelle. “The Clave has a plan.”
“The Clave has the collective intelligence of a pineapple,” said Jace.
Alec blinked up at them. “Jace is right.”
Isabelle turned on her brother. “What do you know? You weren’t even paying attention.”
“I was,” Alec said, injured. “I said Jace was right.”
“Yeah, but there’s like a 90% chance of me being right most of the time, so that’s not proof you were listening,” said Jace. “That’s just a good guess.”

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“Heroes aren’t always the ones who win,” she said.
“They’re the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don’t give up. That’s what makes them heroes.”


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# 1: Cassandra Clare – City of Bones »»
# 2: Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes »»
# 3: Cassandra Clare – City of Glass »»
# 4: Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels »»
# 5: Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls »»
# 6: Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire »»
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(© goodreads)

Cassandra Clare:
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.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»..

 

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BFF: Bookish Funny Friday # 45

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My theme today/ Mein heutiges Thema:

‘Clockwork Princess’
by Cassandra Clare

Okay, the picture is a little mean, but also kind of true ;) And it’s also perfect, becaus this week I received ‘Clockwork Princess #3’ and now I can’t wait to finally read it! ♥

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C*: Magnus

copyright: ardawling.deviantart.com/

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Name: Magnus Bane

Nickname: Magnus

From the book series:
The Mortal Instruments/ Die Chroniken der Unterwelt by Cassandra Clare (» Website)
The Infernal Devices / Die Chroniken der Schattenjäger by Cassandra Clare

Nature: Warlock

Location: At the moment he is in New York

About:
Magnus Bane is the High Warlock of Brooklyn. He was the warlock who signed the mind of Clary Fray after being asked to help erase her early memories by her mother. He first meets the other Shadowhunters at one of his Downworlder parties. He has Clary get him the Book of White, and agrees to help revive her mother with it.

Magnus is described as very tall and very thin, and at least partly Asian. He has black hair that is usually spiked and glittery. He wears all kinds of make-up, such as glitter around his eyes and lipstick. He likes to flaunt his sexuality by wearing rainbow leather pants and other flashy accessories. Isabelle once said he was a “sexy, sexy, warlock.” He is also described as having gold-green cat’s eyes, and no belly button.

At a young age, Magnus’s parents hated him. When his mother found out what he was, she hung herself in a barn. His father was later driven into an attempt to drown him. In response, Magnus burned him where he stood. He was brought up by Churchmen. (Source: Goodreads.com)

Best Friend: honestly I don’t really now,.. maybe his cat?

In love with: Alec Lightwood


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I think this gif is just awesome!

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Quote:
“What did Isabelle want?” Jace asked.
Alec hesitated. “Isabelle says the Queen of the Seelie Court has requested an audience with us.”
“Sure,” said Magnus. “And Madonna wants me as a backup dancer on her next world tour.”
(City of Bones)

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But I also like this two pics of Magnus:

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Quote:
“We’re not dating,” Alec said again.
“Oh?” Magnus said. “So you’re just that friendly with everybody, is that it?”
(City of Ashes)

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Quote:
“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
Magnus: “A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.
(City of Ashes)

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Finally some pics of Magnus and Alec (they are too cute togehter):

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Quote:
Malachi scowled. “I don’t remember the Clave inviting you into the Glass City, Magnus Bane.”
“They didn’t,” Magnus said. “Your wards are down.”
“Really?” the Consul’s voice dripped sarcasm. “I hadn’t noticed.”
Magnus looked concerned. “That’s terrible. Someone should have told you.” He glanced at Luke. “Tell him the wards are down.”
(City of Glass)

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Quote:
Izzy. My sister. She told me you liked me. Liked me, liked me.”
Liked you, liked you?” Magnus buried his grin in the cat’s fur. “Sorry. Are we twelve now? I don’t recall saying anything to Isabelle . . .”
(City of Ashes: Kissed)

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Magnus: “Speaking of hope, did you see that shot Alec got off with his bow? That’s my boyfriend.”
(City of Lost Souls)

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Review: City of Lost Souls

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‘City of Lost Souls’
by Cassandra Clare
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The Mortal Instruments # 5.

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Synopsis:
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 wrought—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?…
(Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I‘ve waited long for the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series and I’ve pre-ordered the book already months before the release date on the internet. Was it worth it? I would say YES!
Of course there were, like in every other book, a few points I didn’t like so much, because an author (almost) can’t catch the taste of the reader to 100 percent. However, the advantage with the books of Clare is that she is able to write incredibly great and her writing style is just to be read nicely and liquidly and well, what could I say except -> ‚the woman can write’ and already because of that I like to read her books with pleasure, even if I don’t go along completely with every twist in the plot of the book.

In the fifth part the story focuses more and turns around Jace and Clary again, instead on Simon, like in the fourth book. But nevertheless the other figures don’t get too short and Clare often changes the character’s POV to the next one in which also Simon, Izzy, Alec, Maia, etc. gets a chance to speak. If I’ve noted it correctly, almost all main characters are allowed this time to tell a part of the story, but unfortunately only Jace didn’t get in the row which I found sad and was a pity. Moreover, for me it was partially that there were too many changes in the perspectives and character, although it has just kept in check.

Furthermore I’ve liked in this book exceptionally well the dynamism between the couples like Jordan & Maia, Izzy & Simon, Alec & Magnus or also the sibling-relationship of Clary and Sebastian. In this book partnership, love and big feelings or also sex were capitalized, even more than in the other books before. Although I have no problem with that, I still think that it is doubtful that the age recommendation (for example on Amazon) is only 12-15 years. It seems to me that this is a little bit too young for the contents of the book. Or what do you think and which opinion do you have on this topic?

But nevertheless I found it fabulous how Clare has made it to introduce some of the new characters of the new series like for example Jules, which will be published after MI and ID.  But she was also able to let some hints of the other characters form the ID series flow into this book. Even if these were only little things or only short cross-references which a non-fan wouldn’t recognize at all, but I as a MI and ID fan loved it and it was so nice to read and has brought me often to the smile.

From here on is a SPOILER for those who haven’t read this book:

Clare has made fantastic job to present Sebastian and also to show the relation between him and Jace, but at the same time also between him and Clary. I must admit, shortly before the end before the big ‘closure’ came, Sebastian has persuaded even me and actually I’ve really liked him as a character. Certainly he was a little eccentric but by the explanation of his childhood / his past it was coherent and it has also persuaded me and I’ve also felt sorry for him. Hence, I would have liked to see that he was purified and that he would play for ‘Team Good’ how…, but unfortunately Clare has other intentions with him and therefore we still have him as our villain in the book *too bad*

What has irritated me very much at the end of the book was that Jace has now this heavenly fire in him and thereby he always has to pay attention whenever he touches somebody. I think this whole sex theme between Clary and Jace and ‚the first time’ of them is too much capitalized here and to be honest, it gets a litter annoying now after 5 books. With the other characters Clare also doesn’t make such a big theatre around it, but with these two main characters it already takes almost unnatural traits. This thing here reminds me very much of the book series ‘The Immortals’ by Alyson Noel and there it was dreadful and also here this fact disturbs me very much that they are now not able to touch each other properly. Why can’t they be happy together for at least one book and fight as a pair together against the bad ones? Is it so much more thrilling to read the book if they must work out their relationship besides the action fights? I don’t think so. But Clare does and she is already searching for problems between them since the first book over and over again and to find reasons why they can’t be together. Although I know that there will be a happy end after the sixth book (I count on it), nevertheless I find it unnecessary that Jace and Clary kept away from each other ‘come hell or high water’.

Cover:
Unfortunately I don’t like is as much as the other covers because I like it more if you can’t see the whole face. Especially here where the shown Jace doesn’t look like the described Jace in the books. ;)

All in all:
Another good book in this fabulous great series which I’ve devoured once again, although the books become thicker and thicker. I had a big reading pleasure, in spite of some small critic points.

Rating:
4 of 5 points

My Recommendation:
to BUY!

For Fans of:
YA, Urban Fantasy, Lovestory, Vampire & Werwolves
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Quotes:

Jace: “You may have the worst timing since Napoleon decided the dead of winter was the right moment to invade Russia.”

Magnus: “Speaking of hope, did you see that shot Alec got off with his bow? That’s my boyfriend.”

Jace: “I never cared,” he said. “I wanted you anyway. I always wanted you.”

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Succession:

# 1: Cassandra Clare – City of Bones
# 2: Cassandra Clare – City of Ashes
# 3: Cassandra Clare – City of Glass
# 4: Cassandra Clare – City of Fallen Angels
# 5: Cassandra Clare – City of Lost Souls »»
# 6: Cassandra Clare – City of Heavenly Fire

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(© goodreads)

About the author – 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.
(Source: Goodreads.com)

Visit her Website »»

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