Monday, August 15, 2011

Reading Journal: City of Fallen Angels

From the Mortal Instrument's site.
City of Fallen Angels
Book Four of The Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare

You can read the first chapter on the series website.

From Amazon:

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, 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My thoughts: (possible unintentional spoilers)
I read the first three a while back--and the first book in the sister series, A Clockwork Angel, after that. So, I didn't remember a lot of details, just main plot points. I'd love to go back and re-read all of them, but who has the time for that? I wish they'd release these things closer together.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this one. I liked how it gave us a break from the Clary/Jace drama by following Simon. I'm a sucker for the star-crossed lovers bit, but it does get tiring after a while. Jace was his normal withdrawn and angsty self, but I suppose we can't fault him for that. I'm not sure I understood why his nightmares would warn him that he would do something bad. If I were the demon/creature trying to control another person--why would I warn that person of what I was doing? But maybe it's like a side effect the possessor can't control. And I also liked how Clary realizes that maybe she's been a little self-absorbed because she has no idea what's going on in Simon's life. Hopefully, she will grow up a bit and realize there's more to life than trying to get Jace to quit acting a fool.

I enjoyed delving into the love triangle between Simon, Maia, and Isabelle and I'm satisfied with where that stands at the end of the book.

This one was a lot of set-up, since it is introducing a new story arc for the final three books. I thought Clare did a good job balancing wrapping up this book while leaving open ends for the series. I won't go into the ending because I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but it was enough of a cliffhanger to make me excited for the next one.

Recommendation: Worthy. (But should be read as part of the series, not as a standalone.)

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