Review: City of Fallen Angels

Review: City of Fallen AngelsCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on April 5, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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 inCity of Fallen Angels.

Although I was fairly happy with the ending to book three, I am also totally okay with her continuing the series. Book four was, to me, totally consistent with the quality of the series up to this point. This is one of those series I have a love/hate relationship with; sometimes I want to stop reading and sometimes I am completely, shamefully drawn into all of the melodrama.

Most of all, let me say how much I do not care about Clary and Jace. They suffer from the overdramatic, overly mushy, want-to-be-together-but-can’t thing that has made so many main couples exceedingly obnoxious. Other prime examples from the fantasy world are Buffy/Angel and Max/Liz (from Roswell). As with both of those television shows, I do really enjoy the supporting cast. Any section of the book that followed Simon, Alec or Isabelle, I was much more likely to appreciate.

Still, I did not like the way she paired everyone off toward the end of the book. Which is not to say the pairings are all doing well, but they are all definitely heading in an obvious direction. That just felt a bit too quick. Everyone was more forgiving than seems particularly likely. Plus, I didn’t like that Simon never had to choose between the two girls; the choice was sort of made for him and he just rolled with it. Am I supposed to ship a relationship when he never really seemed to care for one more than the other?

All in all, another calorie-ridden, guilty pleasure. I know the next book will be just as agonizing and annoying as the others, but I also know that I will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it.

5 responses to “Review: City of Fallen Angels”

  1. I liked the books up to book three, but after reading this I felt as if there is no need to continue this series. The book seems a little… stretched to me and I didn’t enjoy it as much.

  2. Christina says:

    I don’t know if this one’s really any worse; I think it’s just that there was no plot reason for there to be another book.

  3. bhwrn1 says:

    I haven’t read this one yet, just finished CoG last week. LOVED that one. I am sure I will love this one, although I’ve heard it is not as good as the others. I know originally, CoG was to be the end of the series, but she decided to continue on. From what I heard CoLS is excellent, on par with CoG, so I will read this one to get on to CoLS. Thanks for the review!

  4. Veronika says:

    I just finished reading City of Glass and thought about starting this book right after, but I decided to read Infernal Devices first xD To be honest I’m a bit wary about this 4th book, I was happy with the ending in CoG! I can’t stand any more drama with Clary and Jace so I’m going to wait with this one.

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