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.
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Simon's mom has found out that he’s a vampire; hooded figures are trying to kill him; powerful vampires want him as their ally and last but not least, he is two timing two gorgeous girls.
Meanwhile, Shadowhunters are being murdered all over the place; who’s doing it?
Most importantly, Jace loves Clary; Clary loves Jace; Jace can’t look at Clary because he loves her; Clary doesn’t understand why Jace won’t look at her since he loves her.
Welcome to the 4th book of the Mortal Instruments. If repetition is the mother of skill and action is its father, then this book is having mommy issues and is definitely fatherless.
I really loved the first three books and I was as surprised as everyone else when I found out that there would be three more. City of Glass had wrapped up everything so nicely that I really couldn’t see what another three books would have to offer.
As it turns out, they had to offer more of the “I love you but I can’t be with you, and it’s killing me” drama which, irritating as it might have been in the first books, there was a good reason for it, while the action and world building were powerful enough to keep the reader going. In City of Fallen Angels, we get Teen Angst Part II and the only thing left is Simon’s POV. No offence to the kid, but he really isn’t the most exciting character out there. As a matter of fact, love triangle notwithstanding, his story is interesting, but in my opinion he should have remained a side character. The spotlight was just too bright for him to shine.
But what I missed the most was the humor. I’ve got to give it to Clare; the first three books contained quotes that had me laughing out loud. There’s none of that in here and that’s simply because Jace isn’t Jace anymore. I don’t know what he is; maybe his clone that jumped out of a Harlequin romance? There were so many cheesy lines coming out from his mouth in this book, that I lost count of how many times I rolled my eyes.
Speaking of eye rolling, what about Clary’s new improved self? Check out the following monologue:
Oh, I found a clue all by myself about the location of a very nasty, very dangerous place where terrible things must be happening.
But I’m still not good in fighting, so I can’t go alone. Old Clary might had gone, but not the new improved me.
But if I give the clue to the people that can actually deal with it, they will keep me out of the exciting stuff that must be happening there.
I know what I’ll do. I’ll go, but I’ll get back-up.
Ok, not the brightest monologue, but still, not the worst one out there either.
Ok, I’m here but my back up is not here yet. Hmm, the door is open, no harm in going inside and taking a look, right?
Enter three headed demon hungry for Clary flesh, yum!
As for Alec, the only good thing about him was that he had been absent in the first part of the book, so the chance to turn him to a spoiled, irritating, whiny brat didn’t happen till the second part.
Anything good? Two words: MAGNUS BANE. I wish he had been around more.
I’d imagine that many fans of the series enjoyed this fourth book, since it brought back their favorite characters. However, I think that these characters were more like shades of who they used to be, something like bringing someone back from dead when it would have been better to let them rest in peace and keep the nice memories that you had of them...
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