Aug 17, 2012

City of Fallen Angels

Title:  City of Fallen Angels
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publish Date:  05 April 2011
Pages: 424
ISBN:  978-1-4424-0354-3
Source:  bought
Genre:  YA, angels, demons, romance
Series:  The Mortal Instruments
Other books in series:  City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire (September 2014)
Rating: Really liked

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.

**WARNING:  Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass**

The Mortal War is over, but does that mean everyone is safe?  Clary is excited because she can finally train to become a Shadowhunter, even though her mother wishes otherwise.  Her mother is busy preparing for her upcoming wedding to the man she’s loved for a long time. 

Things start happening in New York.  Shadowhunters are being murdered.  This is causing tension between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders. 

Not only does Clary have that to deal with, but Simon is suddenly homeless because his mother found out about him being a vampire.  He moves in with a guy named Kyle, who, unbeknownst to Simon, is also a downworlder and has his own history.  Simon is also dating two girls at the same time, two dangerous girls.  Which one is he going to take to the wedding?  Simon doesn’t see this as a big deal, but Clary knows better.

Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend after all this time.  (Well, three books.)  He is helping to train her as a Shadowhunter.   Now Jace is having nightmares, only they are causing him to do things.  Now he is pulling away from Clary because he doesn’t want to hurt her.  This causes Clary pain because she doesn’t know why he is avoiding her, so she investigates.  Will Jace and Clary finally be together?  What is happening and why are the Shadowhunters being killed?

It is no secret that I am a fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing.  I first read The Infernal Devices series and now and The Mortal Instruments series.  As I have said in previous reviews of these series.  I like that they deal with the same thing, only in different time periods.  In City of Fallen Angels, I had high hopes for Clary and Jace.  I really wanted them to be together.   After all the business with the Mortal War, them being siblings, Jace being part demon…it really seemed like things were finally working in their favor, except for that little incident with the Angel Raziel at the lake at the end of City of Glass.

I like that you get to see more of Simon in these books.  He has always been a good friend to Clary and now that he is a vampire, he is allowed to be more present in her world.  He is the “Daylighter” because he can go out during the day.  This has caused him to be able to continue his life, but also has caused some contention with the other downworlders.  The other vampires don’t want to associate with him, yet because of the Mark of Cain that he has on him, they cannot kill him. 

Jace, Jace, Jace.  He is the guy that one minute, you love him and the next you don’t.  It’s obvious that he really cares for Clary, but he has a funny way of showing it sometimes.  It seems like all the bad stuff happens to him.

Having already read City of Lost Souls before this review was written, I must say that Clare does not disappoint in keeping me interested in this series.  I am eagerly anticipating the release of City of Heavenly Fire, which is rumored to be in September 2014.

The cover features Clary Fray, adorned in Shadowhunter runes wearing the golden silk dress which she wore to the engagement party and the Morgenstern Ring on her necklace which Jace gave to her, and the Daylighter, Simon Lewis.  (This information was taken from Wikipedia.) 

1 comment:

  1. I could never get into this series but I'm glad you enjoyed these books.


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