City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Published April 5, 2011
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This is book 4 in The Mortal Instruments Series. It will contain spoilers to the first 3 books. Check out the review for book 3.
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And–most importantly of all–she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side–along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls–neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in “City of Fallen Angels.”
It pains me to say that this wasn’t my favorite book in the series. In fact, I can safely say it was my least favorite so far. That being said, it wasn’t a bad book, it just didn’t live up to the past 3. Lets start with what I didn’t live, and move on to what I did like.
This books seemed all over the place. When book 3 ended, it wrapped up nicely. The war was over. The threat of the world was snuffed with the termination of Valentine. And Jace and Clary could finally be together. This book felt like a filler, or at least the first half of the book did. The book bounced between f0llowing Simon around and watching him get used to him new vampire self, and following Clary and Jace around and watching their relationship kind of fall apart. It was a little whiny and I have to admit I had to skim through a few sections in the first half of the book.
Part of the following Simon around thing focused on him managing his 2 girlfriends. Personally, I don’t care. It was not in the spirit of The Mortal Instruments to be a whiny love sick book. Once all that came to climax though, I thought the Simon parts were actually pretty good. He’s one of my favorite characters in the series, and I liked watching him step up and be one of the main roles.
I thought Clary’s character grew immensely since the first books. She’s now training to be a Shadowhunter. No longer a damsel in distress, she’s not learning to kick butt. I love a strong heroine. Though Clary could just keep going on letting everyone save her, she’s demanding that she’s put in the same danger as everyone else. I admire that.
The book started out slow and drawn out, but it finishes with a bang. I greatly enjoyed the ending and the chapters leading up to it.
Check out my review of City of Lost Souls, book 5 in the series, tomorrow.