“City of Fallen Angels” by Cassandra Clare is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. This is a series that I have very much enjoyed so far and it was no different going into the fourth book.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST THREE BOOKS IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES. TO REITERATE – IF YOU HAVE NOT READ “CITY OF BONES”, “CITY OF ASHES”, AND “CITY OF GLASS” YOU SHOULD STOP READING THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU DO NOT CARE ABOUT SPOILERS.
The last we left off with the series, Jace and Clary had discovered that Valentine had lied to them. They were not brother and sister after all. Therefore, the love and lust they felt for each other was not a terrible and forbidden thing. This was discovered shortly before the great battle that took place. In this battle, Jace killed Sebastian, Clary’s actual brother who was made part-demon and was pure evil. Also during this battle, Jace was sacrificed by Valentine when he stabbed Jace through the chest. This caused the angel to be summoned and grant one wish to the person that summoned him. Once Jace had been stabbed, Clary returned the favor to Valentine and killed him. This meant that once the angel arrived, Clary was able to have any wish granted that she wanted. All that Clary wanted was Jace, and so she asked for him to come back. That is how “City of Glass” ended. Little did she know, that one wish to have Jace returned to her caused a domino effect of terrible things to occur in Clary and Jace’s world. Another thing worth mentioning is that in “City of Glass”, Clary carved a rune onto Simon’s forehead – the mark of Cain – so that her closest friend could go into the battle and help without the fear of his coming to harm himself.
I liked the fact that in “City of Fallen Angels” that other characters were followed more thoroughly. Simon, Clary’s friend-turned-vampire-turned-daylighter, was followed almost as closely as Clary was in “City of Fallen Angels”. I have a soft spot for Simon – I think it is my affection for nerds/geeks in general. His character is so well defined and I enjoyed reading from his perspective. “On the one hand, he didn’t think Isabelle had ever referred to herself as his girlfriend before. On the other hand it was symptomatic of how strange his life has become that that was the thing that had startled him most tonight, rather than the fact that he had just been summoned to a meeting by the most powerful vampire in New York.” (City of Fallen Angels, pg 12).
A lot of “City of Fallen Angels” focuses on Simon and the adjustments that he is being forced to make as he transitions into his new life as a vampire. He runs into difficulties with feeding and he also discovers the true power of the mark of Cain that Clary carved into his forehead. Simon shortly finds himself in need of a new place to stay and ends up crashing with a new member of his band. Jace stops by Simon’s place and displays his cocky attitude immediately. ““I can see why you like it here,” he said, making a sweeping gesture that encompassed Kyle’s collection of movie posters and science fiction books. “There’s a thin layer of nerd all over everything.” (City of Fallen Angels, pg 120). This line actually made me laugh aloud. Sometimes Jace’s little quips can be very entertaining.
Here is another quote from Simon that I enjoyed, this one focusing on the fact that he’s newly a vampire and even more newly a daylighter. “Despite the fact that the sun didn’t harm him, he could feel the pull of the nights, the desire to be out under the dark sky and the glimmering stars. There was something in him that wanted to live in shadows, that felt the sunlight like a thin, knife-like pain – just like there was something in him that wanted blood.” (City of Fallen Angels, pg 273). As Simon tries to figure out his life, Clary is trying to figure out why Jace is pulling away from her.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, definitely. This series is highly addictive and such a quick, fun read. I think that it would appeal to a wide range of individuals. The only caution I would leave you with is do not start to read this book if you do not have the next books in the series. This one ends with a bit of a cliffhanger and I was happy to have the next book in my possession so I could dive right into it. This series is highly enjoyable. I cannot wait to finish it.