Sunday, May 1, 2011
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
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.
Good, not great.
Personally, I will think of books 4-6 as Mortal Instruments Series #2. I feel like City of Glass ended with a bang. The characters had defeated the evil Valentine and it looked like each had a partner to rejoice with. Then, Clare plans on writing 3 MORE books, creating a whole new Mr. (or should I say Mrs.) Enemey. So, this will, for me, be the second series of Mortal Instruments.
Now, on to the book. Ok, I LOVE Jace and Clary, as I'm sure a bunch of you do. It's just, come on. This whole book was fight, make up, make out, fight, make up, make out, fight,... you get the point. And I hate the new glum, depressed Jace. He's boring! Bring back the fun, sarcastic Jace! He's much more entertaining! I wanted to read his hilarious little quips, but all I got instead was a character that didn't want to be talked to. Ugh. Boring.
Now Simon I liked. Very intersting to read more about how vampires work for this series. I also loved getting to read about Maia's past and her very juicy ex.
All in all, not a bad book, not great. I will of course finish reading Mortal Instruments Series #2 because I still love Jace and Clary and I have to know how everything turns out.
P.S. Why are Jace and Clary on the cover when the majority of the story is told from Simon's POV??