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...
And we're here. We are HERE. WE ARE HERE. BOOK SIX. The Grand Finale. The epic finish to this series that I have been waiting for since book three. How many more ways can I put this? I feel like it has been a long time coming, but that does not mean it was disappointing. Quite the opposite in fact. Cassie knows how to pack a punch. And she goes for the heart, the gut, the kidneys. She's just punching all the soft spots. So grab book six (and some ice) and let's get down to business.
It starts slow, and I was geared up to be all you-should've-quit-while-you-were-ahead, but then things start going down (this is a pun that you'll get once you've read it). At that point, I was tearing through the pages, I actually had to go back and read some bits, because they would reference something that happened and I was just ??? (so stick it out, it's worth it).
Sebastian disturbs me on a much deeper level than Valentine ever did. Possibly (probably) because of his obsession with Clary? But everything about his character has me squinting through those passages like ick icky. As in book three, there is some very parallel good > evil moment and I got my warm fluffy. Also, as in book three, CC couldn't leave it at that and I was devastated moments later. UGHWHYCASSIEWHYDIDYOUDOTHATWHYNOWHY.
There was little to no couple drama in this book which was refreshing (except the thing which doesn't count because I'm in denial). If there had been more Clary and Jace drama I think I would have been done. We had some nice Jocelyn and Luke moments as well! Love a good adult couple.
Ultimately the most fascinating part for me personally are still the freaking runes. And the fact that Clary can invent new ones is just even more fascinating. I still love that part of this world and series.
4 out of 5 stars.