City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: 7th April 2011
Other Titles by this Author: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, Clockwork Angel
!SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ THE REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CITY OF BONES, CITY OF ASHES AND CITY OF GLASS.
Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
The stakes are higher than ever...
I don’t really know how to start with reviewing City of Fallen Angels other than it took my hesitant expectations and trampled on them.
For me, The Mortal Instruments trilogy ended perfectly with City of Glass so I was curious and a little apprehensive as to how Cassandra Clare would continue on the stories of Jace, Clary and Simon; though very excited to have more books in one of my favourite series and more Jace of course. My apprehension was wasted: I LOVED City of Fallen Angels.
There is so much going on in each of these books that having read City of Glass when it came out in July 2009, my memory of all of the details of Simon’s mark and Clary’s involvement with it was a bit hazy. It didn't prove a problem though as I was given enough for the details not to matter too much. But then again, I think the details make this series. The complexity of the many different strands mythology combine to make a mind-blowing world that completely entraps me. I want to be a Shadowhunter!
One of my favourite things about City of Fallen Angels was the links back to Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare’s prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments) that I found. They were especially obvious with Magnus and Camille as they were obviously around at that time and knew the Herondale’s. Which led on to mentions of Will, who I fell for in Clockwork Angel, though not as hard as I did for Jace.
And speaking of Jace; what on earth was going on with him?! His grumpy attitude went farther than ever before and his avoidance of Clary was painful. I wanted to shake him and tell him to man up and tell her what was wrong! And then the ending happened... Wow. Cassandra Clare really does like to mess with her characters.
After City of Fallen Angels's explosive “What the Hell?!” ending, I’m dying for the next instalment, City of Lost Souls, and I really wish I didn't have to wait a whole year for it.
A huge thank you to Walker Books for providing a review copy.