City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry
April 5, 2011 Source: Bought
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.
The fourth installment in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series,City of Fallen Angels, does NOT disappoint! Stuffed with mystery and suspense, from the very beginning, this action packed novel will leave you breathless again and again.
This installment starts just a little while after the epic events of City of Glass. Jace is with Clary, Magnus is with Alec, Luke is with Jocelyn, and Simon is with… Maya and Isabelle? That’s a story of its own… So all the main characters are back (except for one little fellow that parted with us in City of Glass – *crying*). Additionally, fans of Clockwork Angel,the first in the Infernal Devises series, will be glad to see a few people and names pop up like “Will” and “Camille”. (And Twitter followers of Ms. Clare will crack up when "South Carolina" is mentioned.)
When Clary used her one wish to bring Jace back from the dead, she thought that event would be her and Jace’s dirty little secret. She has Jace back, everything is in order again, right? Wrong. Clary’s actions have consequences of immense proportions. There is something wrong with Jace, something really wrong with Jace. On top of that, vampires, thugs and very powerful demons alike want Simon, the daywalker, for their own wicked endeavors. When Clary and the gang finally figure everything out, it might be too late.
I LOVED this installment! I will say that it does not quite top City of Glass for me, but I don’t think any book in this series ever will – but it came quite close. Some side plots irked me a bit, but the development of the main plot had my heart racing, my eyes glued to the pages and my mouth hanging wide open. Let me just say one thing, THE ENDING! Oh my goodness! The ending! I do not think I was the only one shocked by the conclusion to this novel. But wait, shocked does not adequately describe what I was feeling at the time. This does: what?! No! Yes! Ahhhhh! Holy shiz muffins! Take that b****! No, no, no, no, NO! ( ). The space within those parentheses stands for my speechlessness when the words ran out. Even now, relieving those last few chapters makes me anxious….
If you’ve stuck with the series so far (assuming you did, since you’d be insane not to), definitely pick this one up (if you didn’t already read it at midnight). When does City of Lost Saints come out again? May 1, 2012?! Ugh, it is too far away!