Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Book #4 in The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy, Romance
Format: Purchased Paperback
Okay, so I was going to wait until I finished the next three books in the series before putting up this review, but I don’t want to wait that long, so here is my review for book four in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare: “City of Fallen Angels.”
As this is the fourth book, there will most likely be spoilers. I finished this in early May, so some of this might be fuzzy.
As this book was a continuation of about two weeks or so after the third book’s ending, we got to see more of Clary, Jace, and the gang on their next set of adventures. I felt that this story was mostly proved to be filler, but it definitely laid the groundwork for what is most likely to come in the last two books. It was full of a lot of information and, as such, was probably the least exciting book of the series next to the first one, in my opinion. But let me jump into the characters.
Clary was kind of annoying in this book. She didn’t seem to know how to act around Jace and she seemed really whiny at times. I mean, she was okay at some parts, but other times I just wanted to slap her upside the head and tell her to stop acting like such a brat. I dunno, maybe it was just the way she came off, but she seemed more concerned about her relationship with Jace more than anything, but I understand that that’s a big plot of the story. She did show concern for her friends and all that, but it seemed really focused on Jace rather than the situation at hand.
Jace was also an idiot in this book. He kind of acted impulsively throughout most of it by not sleeping, by acting like the world was kind of ending because he and Clary were growing distant… He feels he’s a danger, a threat, to Clary. But I think that was mostly because he believed so much in the words of others rather than listening to his own heart and mind. I thought he did do well in the battle aspects, like usual, but he made mistakes and I thought that was good of him. He just kind of annoyed me as well, but hopefully he’ll get better in the next books.
There was so much of Simon in this book! We got to see a lot from his perspective and how his life as a vampire has really changed almost everything about him. His powers are developing more and he’s learning to control urges – but he makes a major mistake when he ends up sucking a human’s blood from their body. He’s horrified at it, but it makes him feel that much more alive. It was interesting to see so much of the story through him, and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I felt like a good chunk, maybe around half, if not more, of the story revolved around his point of view. I enjoyed reading about it and everything, but I thought we may have missed some things because of it. I do think he’s growing as a character, though, and I’m glad to have gotten to see so much into his head.
Isabelle was starting to make more appearances in this novel, and though I’m still on the fence about her, she does seem to be developing feelings for Simon. She’s a bit more protective of him and I think she’s also learning she doesn’t need to be as cold and shut out to the world as she once was.
Alec and Magnus made very few appearances in this book and when we did see them we saw Alec being whiny and Magnus trying to deal with him. I thought the interactions could have been better and I wish Alec wasn’t so jealous of a past lover of Magnus’s.
As I mentioned, there was a lot of information dumped into this book, from who was possibly killing Shadowhunters to who could be an enemy to new enemies to what happened with Maia and her ex-boyfriend. It’s a lot to take in, and even though this book was short it still held some good qualities that I can see potential for in upcoming books.
The plot of the book itself was interesting and I wanted to know more about who was killing the Shadowhunters and why. I do think we were told who and why, but I wished that more could have happened or something… I feel like an element was missing to this book in a way. I also wonder about the upcoming wedding, about what happened Jace and Sebastian, about what’s going to happen next with the characters. I mean, it was a good book, but I definitely think there was something missing from it that the last three books held.
In a way this book follows a whole new plotline with the same characters and all of that, but I’m not sure how I feel about this continuation. I loved the wrap-up to the first three books, but this one just feels a little off to me. But at the same time I’m also intrigued to see just where this new plot with Sebastian and Camille and everyone else takes us.
Overall, I do recommend giving this book a go if you’re reading the Mortal Instruments and just to enjoy what you can.
I give this book a 3.75/5 stars.