Friday, November 11, 2011

City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels
by Cassandra Clare
Mortal Instruments, book four

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. (description from

City of Bones was an amazing book. It's follow-up left me devestated, mouth hanging open, and in pure shock. The third in the trilogy left me satisfied. That's why, honestly, though I enjoyed City of Fallen Angels, I did not really feel like Cassandra Clare should have fleshed this trilogy out into a series.

This was another good entry into the Mortal Instruments series, though it wasn't until Clare left me with another jaw-dropping cliffhanger that I decided I will have to read the next book. To me, this series really feels done already, but now I HAVE to know what the fallout is in the next book.

For those who cannot get enough of Clary and Jace, this book will rip into your heart and keep you on your toes. For those like me, who find some of the secondary characters (like Simon!) far more interesting, there is quite a bit of added knowledge about some of the "outsider" cultures in this book. I loved learning more about the werewolves and vampires...

Totally, brutally honest...I will read the next book, but I almost wish I hadn't read this one. I was happy where City of Glass left off.

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