Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments Book #4


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 who used to be in Valentine's Circle, 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. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.


I was glad this series didn't stop at a trilogy when I got to this book. While City of Glass wrapped up most of the ends, there were still somethings sitting in the air that I though deserved a chance to be resolved, and I wanted answers myself. Like most Fangirls of this series, I wanted to know what was going on with the relationships within the books - mostly, Jace and Clary. I've been hoping for them to work out since the first book, so I wanted to see things go well with them.

I like that Clary is getting more integrated into the Shadowhunter world, but I think it's a little strange that after the while Valentine campaign is when Clary begins her first lessons as a Shadowhunter. She does need the training, and there wasn't a whole lot of down time in the first three books. However, someone could have given her a few quick lessons here and there to make her a little more valuable to the team fighting-wise.

This is book is definitely my favorite of the series thus far, though. I liked the addition of new characters - new villains, especially. I did wonder who was going to be the new bad guy after the way City of Glass ended. I think she definitely opened the series up a little more for a bigger, badder villain to come in and really shake things up like Valentine could never manage to do.

I also really liked Simon finally having his own story come out. Watching how he deals with being a vampire, his family, and dating was fun and a little sad at times - but I think he really found himself in this book and became a more interesting, well-rounded character.

The only thing I could have used more of was seeing how the Clave was recovering in the aftermath of the last book. Otherwise, though, it was great.


5 stars

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