Saturday, April 16, 2011

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release date: 5th of April 2011
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 424 in Kindle for PC
Source: Kindle for PC

From Goodreads:
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s 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 lead 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 has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

I am a big fan of Cassandra Clare's books and City of Fallen Angels only increased the love towards the writer! I loved couple of new characters who were brought in to this book and also development of already known characters.

I enjoyed the first three books of the series tremendously and I did not have to be disappointed with the fourth book.

The book starts from the time City of Glass ended – Valentine was destroyed, Jace got a new beginning and Simon got the Mark. With Valentine dead and gone, everything should be nice and calm in the world of Shadowhunters, but sudden deaths of Shadowhunters is starting to threaten the Law and the Clave and the peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

This book presented mostly Simon’s point of view. In the beginning it was little weird for me, because previous books have been presented mostly from Clary’s side. It took me little time to get used to it, but just couple of chapters later, it was already captivating.

Fact, that Simon was having relationship both with Isabelle and Maia was funny to read, especially the discussion Simon had with Clary about it. In my opinion Simon and Isabelle would be good together, but let’s see if that would happen in next book.

I was so glad to read that Simon and Jace became closer to becoming friends. I liked that turn a lot, because these two characters have much more in common than just Clary. I got several good laughs when these two were teasing each other and Jordan. These were my favorite parts of the book. As said, I grew on Simon a lot and one of the reasons for that was that he and Jace could come in terms with each other.

Kyle/Jordan was a nice surprise for me. I think it brought a good twist and little spice into the plot. His connection to Maia was unexpected to me. I am hoping to see more of Jordan in the coming books. His character was interesting, little conflicted and I liked that.

Another new character which I found interesting was Camille. I guess the reason for that is, that I have always had a heart for naughty ancient vampires. I would have loved to read more about what actually went on between her and Magnus.

What I definitely missed in this book was more of Alec and Magnus. Towards the end of the book I felt sorry for Magnus when Alec started questioning Magnus about his love affairs from the past. It was visible for me that Magnus loves Alec. Alec’s jealousy was cute, but it also held a lot of pain due to Magnus being almost immortal and him being Shadowhunter who has limited amount of years to live. I wonder how the author will solve that problem.

Last but not least relationship between Clary and Jace was complicated. Their relationship in this book was not my favorite. In a way it was kept in the background by the author. Other characters seemed to have much more dedicated and well wrote pages than these two together. Maybe it just seemed so and maybe it is because I really hoped that Clary and Jace would finally be together forever and ever. I understood what Jace went through, but I had difficulties with him giving up so easily on hope for Clary and himself. Then again, I absolutely loved the ending of the book! It was nothing I honestly expected. After the end of the book I also understood the author better why she had to write Jace being so tormented.

4 stars out of 5.


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