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Review: “City of Fallen Angels,” Cassandra Clare

May 2, 2011

I received this book for free from Walker Books Australia in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: “City of Fallen Angels,” Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angelsby Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Published by Walker Books on April, 2011
Genres: Angels & Demons, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 424
Source: Walker Books Australia

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.

While not exactly a required addition to the series (I would have been happy if the series ended with City of Glass) City of Fallen Angels is a fun addition for anyone eager to read more about the characters and the Shadowhunter world.

I didn’t exactly find the plot thrilling. I took a few days reading on and off with this one. It was good, but not good enough to hold my interest and not let it go until the last page was read. I’m glad to see our favourite characters back (I’m particularly fond of Isabelle!) and although I am a Clary/Jace fan, I wasn’t happy to see their relationship played with and manipulated some more. I think they should just be able to live in happiness, hah.

Like I said, while this book is a good addition for anyone wanting more of their story, it’s not exactly necessary and felt like a bit of a ‘filler’ book. I am more excited about The Infernal Devices (the spin-off series) than I am about further Mortal Instrument stories. While it was great to hear the characters from Clockwork Angel referenced, that didn’t feel necessary either. It was kind of just a ‘nod’ to the other series and a way for readers of both to feel like everything was coming full-circle.

I liked the addition of Kyle/Jordan. While I usually don’t like new characters, I felt he was a great part of this story and his relationship with Maia was great, too. I’m still not an Isabelle/Simon fan (I’ve never really liked Simon to be honest) and there wasn’t much Magnus/Alec, either *frowns*

Still, this book is a must-read if you’re a fan of the first three books! It still has the same ‘feel’ of the others and is a good book in it’s own right. The new ‘arc’ of the story is clearly established from the first three and I will continue to read them to see how everything plays out.

Recommended to: Fans of The Mortal Instruments will be pleased with this installment.

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.


  • Reply kassandra May 14, 2011 at 5:31 am

    i have not read it yet, except a little preview of it from city of glass. it sounds good, though .

  • Reply cassie May 4, 2011 at 12:02 am

    i loved all the books i haven’t read this one yet but i want to it sounds so so awesome sounding i want to reda it but can’t.i can’t wait to hear the ending!!!!!!=)

  • Reply Emily May 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I love all the books except this one,it was probably the worst.I can’t wait for the next book. The ending sucked,p.s. what about clary? if jace goes off, what about their love.

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