“In this dazzling 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, turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmares, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
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…”
After 8 long months, I have FINALLY finished The Mortal Instruments. And I am very happy about it.
Anyone who has been following this blog or my YouTube channel (which you can find here) will know about my love/hate relationship with this series. To make it brief if you are new, I LOVED the first 3 books (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass) when I read them last July. After City of Glass was done, I thought the story was complete.
Then I read the next 3 books and my opinions on this series as a whole changed completely.
While book number 4 (City of Fallen Angels) was decent enough, book number 5 (City of Lost Souls) was a complete disaster in my opinion. The story became so focused on the main romance between Clary and Jace that the plot got completely lost. I finished City of Lost Souls with a look of shock and dismay on my face of how horrible my reading experience had been. I nearly DNF (did not finish) the series right there. But there was something that kept me from doing so. I took a 5 month break from the series and then finally decided to finish the series a couple of weeks ago.
I am happy to say, for the most part, that I am glad I did continue.
Starting off with the characters, my opinions on most of the characters still stand. I COULD NOT STAND CLARY. That has been my opinion since the beginning and it stayed the same in this last book. She is way to dependent on the other characters for me to even consider liking her. She was tolerable sometimes in this book but I still found her annoying. Her friends (excluding Jace because I can’t stand him either) were enjoyable. They all made some questionable decisions that I didn’t know what to think about but for the most part, the side characters were great. It was only the main 2 that I thought were annoying.
Going into my least favorite part of this entire series: the romances. More specifically the main romance between Clary and Jace. This is a romance that I actually liked in the first 3 books. I thought it was cute and I really liked the two of them together. Then the next 3 books happened and, like I said earlier, my opinions changed. The entire plot of the books just became so focused on the development of this relationship and less on the other things going on. It was too much. While in this book, it focused less on this romance and more on the fight between the Shadowhunters and Sebastian’s army, I still don’t think we need so many scenes of them making out or doing who knows what else. The other romances (Magnus and Alec and Isabelle and Simon) were great and I did like them.
Then going into the plot, this is where I think the book made up for its problems. The plot was very engaging and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This has been the case with all of the books in this series. I would have problems with the characters and romance but the plot would make up for those problems. The only problem I had with this book’s plot was it wasn’t ORIGINAL. I feel like I have read the same plot a million times before and this concluding novel just was another one of those many, many books that have that plot. It had some original elements but as a whole, I think it could have included more.
Overall, I think this was a decent concluding novel to this series. As a whole, I think this series has its ups and downs. I would go back and forth on my personal opinions on what I had gotten out of each book. Did I like it enough to continue on or not? Did this 6th book make up for the problems I had with the 4th and 5th installments? In some ways, yes. Do I think this series in over-hyped? ABSOLUTELY. Do I plan on continuing on with the Shadowhunter books? Yes. And finally, can I see myself rereading this series in the future? Yes I can.