City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: April 5th, 2011

Number of Pages: 432

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, 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. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. [From Goodreads]

Quote:

“You know, some people think Shadowhunters are just myths. Like mummies and genies.” Kyle grinned at Jace. “Can you grant wishes?”

“That depends,” he said. “Do you wish to be punched in the face?”

Review:

Honestly, I don’t see much of a point in reviewing one of Cassandra Clare’s books. I’ll probably just bore you to death with my overuse of words such as “awesome”, “fabulous”, “hilarious”, and “Jace.” But, alas, there can never be too much Jace, can there?

I read this book as soon as I could, and it was rewarding enough in and of itself after the long wait. However, my excitement tripled when I went to Cassandra Clare’s signing here in Portland (Holly Black was there as well, and she was equally lovely). It was a phenomenal event, despite the fact that I had to wait in line for hours moving at what I’d guess is the exact opposite of the speed of light. I met some wonderful girls who have found just what I have in Cassandra Clare’s books.

Pure, unadulterated fun.

Sometimes, I read a book hoping for luxurious words or page-and-a-half-long paragraphs with an abundance of semicolons (think: anything written in the 19th century), and others I read for fun. Both are rewarding.

City of Fallen Angels does not fail in the fun department, nor is it a disappointment after the many months I waited. I am so glad that I stumbled upon a series I can really gush over. However, it did seem significantly slower than a few of the other books. That said, it also takes some massive risks that paid off or will undoubtedly pay off in the future. Cassie Clare takes her characters to new extremes. If there’s one author who knows how to push her characters to their limits and twist their lives around till they’re tense and ready to snap, it’s her.

The people we’ve learned to love and appreciate – whether it’s for their juicily evil personalities, their sarcasm, or their sweetness – are just as fantastic as before. The cast of characters Cassie has thrown together is absolutely mind-blowing, and I believe that’s where her strengths really lie. I mean, what teenage girl on this planet could resist the sarcastic comments of our dear Jace? No one. Then there’s Simon (always so lovable), Isabel (full of potential), Magnus (need I say a word?), and more. I know that I, at the very least, would happily read a book in which any of the secondary characters took on the role of protagonist. They’re all so charismatic.

I wish I had written this review sooner, so I could more accurately remember the details, but there are specific events that are so ground-breaking for the series that they’re impossible to forget. As any avid follower of the series knows, this book is meant to launch the characters into a whole other predicament and expand on the loose ends left after City of Glass. I don’t want to give anything away, but let me assure you: There is definitely enough here for the next two books. Cassandra Clare is a woman blessed with ideas.

Over all, City of Fallen Angels is not my favorite of the series so far, due to the slower pace and a few other factors, but it is certainly an installment worthy of The Mortal Instruments series and a book that will leave fans of Clary, Jace, Simon, and the rest of the gang holding their breath.

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