Published 5th April 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
424 pages |
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.
Book Review: 4 stars
I feel like life is unfair sometimes. If you read my previous review on book 3 you would note my blatant remark about Cassandra Clare’s lack of cliff hangers, well slap me in the face and call me Nancy, because this one has a doosey.
We leave this, was going to be a trilogy but now is a sixtolgy, world with everyone in a state of happiness. Well except for Sebastian who is ‘dead’, but nobody really cares about the evil guy anyway. Especially an evil guy that takes pleasure in kissing his sister. Just wrong. But of course we can’t have everything being hunky dorey for long, as this does not make for good story telling. BUT COME ON CLARE! You couldn’t give us at least one book full of romance and love and sugar bliss with Jace and Clary! Just ONE! Sadly no.
City of Fallen Angels did feel like a beginning to another series, which I guess in a sense it is. The story jumps right back in switching between Clary and Simon as the majority of the stories focus. Simon is battling two girlfriends, and Jace is acting distant because its the only way he can punish himself for having bad dreams about killing his one and only. The first half of the book was quite slow. There was a lot of new characters introduced which is going to be crucial in the next two books, but it did take a while to get through with nothing major really happening. And yet there is something about Cassandra’s writing that draws you in. I am unable to only read a few pages, like it is a serious problem when it comes to the rest of the things I have to do in everyday life. I tell myself that i’ll just read a few pages and then work on some uni assessment but OH NO! Cassandra definitely has the talent to keep a reader reading.
So lets talk about Simon, who I love and want to marry. I felt like he really gained more confidence throughout this book, especially when it comes to the ladies. I guess dying really puts things into perspective. The Mark of Cain is a great plot point, and you begin to see how having it imprinted on his skin is going to effect the rest of his eternity. But I couldn’t help but see how much it would suck, especially if you playfully scratched him and the result was you turning into a pile of salt. Sort of takes the romance out of dirty foreplay. And of course if I mention Simon I must mention Isabelle, who is freakin amazing! I love her kick-ass attitude, but she shows such a softer side in this book which I admire.
“But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”
Isabelle | City of Fallen Angels
Clary and Jace. Their relationship did take a back seat for the most of this book, which was annoying. They spent so much time being awkward around each other for reasons that they didn’t even know that I just wanted them to get over it. There love, and I quote, is ‘the love that moves the sun and the stars.’ Who can beat that? They will always triumph over the big bad. At least this consensus was drawn at the end of the book, until he freakin got possessed again! I mean seriously! I love Jace and his wittiness, why must you torture me… and him Cassandra?
And my favourite duo..ahh Magnus and Alec. I just love their relationship, and how Alec gets all jealous when Magnus mentions that he has been with a few others during his time, including women. I do see Alec’s reasons for being all grumpy when Magnus brings his exes up, especially since he did risk everything to be with him. But the underlying reason that their relationship has a time stamp for ending is something that would be incredibly hard to deal with.
“But Magnus, he thought. You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no “till death do us apart” for those who never die.”
Alec | City of Fallen Angels
That would be so hard, to give up everything for someone who you aren’t able to spend the rest of your life with. And then Magnus sort of states that it was always going to be like that, he doesn’t like it, but thats the only future he can provide. But for Alec thats not enough, and sort of a time waster. I’m sure that now since Camille mentioned a way that they can be ‘together forever’ something will happen to make this so. Even if it involves Magnus losing all his power and becoming human.
I love this series, even when it frustrates me. A must read!