Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): Los Angeles. It's been five years since the events of the Mortal Instruments when Nephilim stood poised on the brink of oblivion and Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs lost her parents. After the blood and violence she witnessed as a child, Emma has dedicated her life to discovering exactly what it was that killed her parents and getting her revenge.
Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention - they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn't the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, the'll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise its open war between faeries and Nephilim.
The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she's absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica.
I have loved Cassandra Clare and her writing for as long as I can remember. Ever since picking up City of Bones in the 6th grade, I have been immersed in the world of Shadowhunters. I have heard many comments left and right about how it is time for Cassandra Clare to leave behind the world of Shadowhunters and move forward with her writing, but I think the world she has worked so hard to develop should stick around a bit longer. The Shadowhunters universe is so intricately designed, that you can vividly see everything Cassie has written out for you and it makes you want to devour it.
The main characters for this story were well introduced in City of Heavenly Fire (if you have not read The Mortal Instruments, I fully recommend you do so because it is to die for). Small character developments were made for these characters that I am sure will carry over in this entire series. Emma Carstairs has a very fierce character and goes through everyday life with a fiery purpose. She has a sarcastic bit of humor to her which makes me like her a lot, but she has a temper and is easily offended. Emma is very much like Jace in the sense that she likes to fight and train - demon hunting is her passion. Julian Blackthorn is Emma's polar opposite. Jules is typically gentle and patient, but when he gets stubborn he will fight for what he believes in. He is very considerate, thoughtful, and overall a loving character.
I think the plot of this story will be interesting simply because it heavily involves the faeries. We find out that Helen and Mark Blackthorn are both part faerie, so that will definitely add complications to this plot due to the potential war of Shadowhunters and faeries. Cassie has a very distinct writing style that captivates you as soon as the plot unravels, so there is no doubt in my mind that this book will be as good and if not better than her previous novels.
Unfortunately, this beautiful book will not be released to us this upcoming fall. Instead, it will be released March 8th, 2016. Until then, you may want to catch up on her previous series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. You can also satisfy your dire need for this book by reading snipits from the story on her Tumblr and Twitter!
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