April 5, 2011 by Margaret K McElderry Books
Source: My bookshelf!
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of the City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someones killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary's plan to live as normal a life as she can - training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that is deeply personsonal consiquences for them - concequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.
Meanwhile, internecine warfare among Vampires is tearing the Downworlders community apart, and only Simon - the Daylighter that everyone wants on their side - can decide the outcome; to bad he wants nothing to do with Downworlder politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in the City of Fallen Angels.
I am a HUGH fan of this series and this 4th installment did not disappoint. I was a bit nervous going into it as I had seen a very large mix of reviews. I did not read too many because I did not want to be influenced at all. But seriously. People out there either LOVED it or HATED it. I am one of those that LOVED it. I will be honest and say that the whole Clary and Jace thing was on the verge of being quite annoying. I am so glad that this book seemed to mainly focus on Simon. I love Simon. I always did, but now I REALLY love Simon! Seeing how Simon goes through the process of dealing with becoming a Vampire and what that really will mean to his life and his relationships with his family, friends, the Downworlder community and Mundane community is fascinating. Simon is such a great character. I absolutely love the relationship that is developing between him and Isabelle. We get to see the true essence of Izzy and I am bouncing to see where the road leads for these two!
I am definitely still on team Jace. However, I did feel that his self loathing at times was a little drawn out. Cassandra Clare definitely was close to drowning Jace in it. I understand where it was coming from. Jace has a lot to work through and that in turn results in a ton of internal struggles, but Cassandra Clare needs to be very, very careful.
There were a few new characters that were introduced into this book and I really look forward to seeing if they continue on with the next one. Although, Maureen made a small appearance in this one, it was a HUGH appearance. I really hope we see more of her in the next book. She could definitely add even more dimension to Simon's life! I really loved the addition of Jordan to the story as well. He definitely has added another dimension to the male dynamics of the story and another great character full of humour and sarcasm...which I always love!
Overall this book was amazing, especially the last 150 pages or so. Talk about intense! And what a cliffhanger! Are you kidding me? You are killing me! Must I really wait a whole year? Really?
If you are already a fan of the Immortal Instrument Series, you will not be disappointed in this one. If you have not entered into this world yet? What are you waiting for.
Rating: 5 stars!!