Thursday, April 7, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels
By Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Date Published: April 5, 2011
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     City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
      The entire Mortal Instruments gang is back in the newest installment. Going into City of Fallen Angels, I was a bit wary because I feel that this series concluded perfectly at City of Glass, which tied up the entire story pretty well. After finishing the fourth novel, I still stand by the fact that Clare could have left this as a trilogy, but I won't complain too much because I really did miss all of Jace's snarky comments, which never cease to entertain me.

     Along with Jace, all my favorite elements in TMI were back: the humor, Shadowhunter action, a lot of romance, and some unpredictable plot twists. I admit that the story began quite slowly, and I felt myself slipping because it had been so long (a couple years?) since the last book came out and I found that I had to reacquaint myself with the entire world. But the new plot eventually reeled me in. But I continued to feel that City of Fallen Angels dragged in a lot of places, which I don't remember feeling with the rest of the series (as stated before, this could just be because I haven't read Clare's writing in a while). Even all of Clary and Jace's romance scenes seemed to drag; I miss that old quick bantering they had before. 

   City of Fallen Angels did hook me however, and made me realize that I'm not too tired of The Mortal Instruments- yet. I should be on board for the next two books in the series. I did really appreciate how Clare tried to bridge the gap between her new prequel series, The Infernal Devices, and The Mortal Instruments, with some revelations and references in this book; The next couple of years are dotted with releases from both series, which may make everything quite confusing. Honestly, I think I'm a bit more invested in seeing where The Infernal Devices will go now. TMI will always hold a special place on my bookshelf, but it really could have ended at number 3.

   But really, the ending of City of Fallen Angels?? What's going to happen now?


  1. is simon over clary or is simon still pursuing clary?
    are the shadowhunters the vampires and are the dayhunters basically the vampire hunters?
    is the infernal devices series good? is it still about clary?
    I have so many questions!>.< (i never read the mortal instruments [gasps!])
    nice review by the way

  2. you should read them! haha And I do like the infernal devices; it's a prequel series to the mortal instruments, so it takes place in 19th century London and isn't about Clary.

    And for the rest of the answers to your questions, you'll just have to go read them! :D

  3. Came across your review whilst googling a cover picture to put on my own review of this book. : ) I agree with your sentiments that the book felt more than necessary after a wonderfully tied up trilogy. Nice review.