Cassandra Claire * Mortal Instruments * Shadowhunters * City of Fallen Angels

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! 

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. 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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth instalment of the Mortal Instruments series.

I’ve read some of the other books by Cassandra Claire and even watched the Mortal Instruments movie when it came out! I can’t say I appreciate who they used for Jace, but the other actors were well cast.

Jace

Book 4 of the series had some of the same teen angst coupled with a wedding of the werewolf leader with Clary’s mom, a lot of kissing and heavy breathing and Simon who gets well into his own vampire story.

After becoming a vampire, he finds out he’s a lot sexier now that he has a secret (more than when he was just in a garage band) and at the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.

The other story arc deals with Jace and his nightmares. He begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why and she 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.

As The Mortal Instruments was originally supposed to be a trilogy things have kind of gone back to normal in the beginning of City of Fallen Angels: Clary is training, Jocelyn and Luke are sorting their lives out together and Simon is getting to grips with his whole vampire thing. And whilst the beginning was quite normal and I can understand that some people may find this slow, I liked that we got a glimpse into a more normal life for the shadowhunters without the constant fear of Valentine. I’m always a big fan of seeing friendships and relationships in books so it was just nice to see that without everything else going on at the same time.

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