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 who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, 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.
So after absolutely loving how City of Glass ended I was hesitant to pick up City of Fallen Angels, I didn’t want it to spoil the good vibes and become over kill especially after all the mixed reactions I’ve heard from my friends and fellow bloggers over how the series continues into the next two books. Well I can’t help but say that I was more disappointed after reading City of Fallen Angels and almost wish Cassandra Clare had just stuck with her original plans in ending the series as a trilogy. However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t dislike City of Fallen Angels.
Let’s start with the good:
City of Fallen Angels brought about new and unexpected changes that I enjoyed contemplating over. It had its share of action and bone chilling moments filled with grotesque situations that added to the story. There was some definite suspense that allowed for an easy read even if it took a bit longer to get there this time. And now that Jace and Clary are in a full on relationship nothing was held back! There were more steamy moments and beautiful words exchanged than in the past books. One of things I love about their relationship is how powerful it becomes in this book, their love is put to the test in unimaginable ways, and throughout Clary remains steadfast in her belief in Jace. As he struggles with moving on from his past Clary is there for him and never gives up. And even when Jace becomes doubtful, he would still do anything for Clary and go to any means necessary to save her.
And now for the bad:
This book took significantly longer to pick up the pace than the other books have in the past, though the information was new the story started off kind of slow for me. There were so many point of view changes that I began to get aggravated when they abruptly changed in the middle of a fight scene. I was mostly concerned with Jace and Clary the whole time, I mean they are supposed to be the main two characters, however it seemed as if Simon became the main character in this book, the whole beginning of City of Fallen Angels is mostly from his point of view and to me that was frustrating because I was so eager to hear from Jace and Clary now that they were an official couple. And even though the romance was great in sections of the book, a lot of the story seemed to take their relationships two steps back right when it seemed like they were ahead. The conflict should have been about fighting the enemy and not keeping them apart…again!
By the end of the story a large nail biting yet aggravating cliff hanger is thrown in, it’s so big that I know I will have to read the last one and discover how it ends, though I have quite the TBR list at the moment so it will be a little bit before I can get to it. Overall City of Fallen Angels wasn’t terrible it just wasn’t as fantastic as the others, I still liked it well enough and I was entertained by the story and characters as I always am but I wanted more from this book. I would still recommend reading it if you enjoy this series, otherwise if you have read City of Glass and loved it as I did I wouldn’t hold it against you if you were to stop reading them after the fact so as to quit while you’re ahead.