Book: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Read: 29th March, 2016
Rating: 4.90/5 Stars
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. 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.
“Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”
Let’s start off by saying YES, this is the Mortal Instruments book I have been waiting for! The hype is lived up to in this instalment, even though this isn’t the most popular book with majority of people in the series. But oh well, each to their own I guess.
Let’s talk characters…
So, a lot of this novel was very Simon-based, especially during the beginning and I absolutely loved that! Simon is such a funny and interesting character to follow, and the incorporation of Kyle/Jordan into the story was so fantastic, especially to see the dynamic between those two.
I found Jordan to be a great addition to the story, and also his past with Maia really just made him all the more loveable (in a way…)
Jace was 50 thousand times more interesting in this fourth instalment, he was so complex and I just loved to read about him. I previously hadn’t loved him as much as I perhaps wanted to, but I sure do now!
Even Clary didn’t annoy me quite as much as she usually does in this book, but maybe that’s simply because she wasn’t really in it much…
Izzy was a delight to read about once again, and I’m so glad she was featured in this book a lot more than the previous one. I am hoping for even more of her and Alec in the next instalment.
From the start, I knew this book was going to be my favourite in the series so far, and I was not wrong! I loved every moment of the book, and surprisingly didn’t find myself bored at any point throughout it, which was one of my problems with the previous 3 books. It was so action packed, and even when it wasn’t enough was happening to hold my interest the entire time.
The whole Lilith plot was so intriguing and fast-paced, and I absolutely loved it! I also loved seeing the Magnus/Alec dynamic, and the kick-ass partnership of Alec and Isabelle towards the end.
The humour and sarcasm in this book was just the best. It had me constantly laughing out loud and feeling all the feels along with the characters.
This is definitely my favourite book in The Mortal Instruments so far, and I can’t wait to continue on with the last 2 and finally feel the satisfaction of completing this series!