Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review - City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Title and Author: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: 5 April, 2011
Paperback/Hardcover: 424
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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.

I was really excited for City of Fallen Angels and I really enjoyed the book. It was good and it was great to read about Clary and Jace again but I have to confess that it didn’t held my interest like the previous books in the series did, though. That doesn’t mean I was disappointed.
City of Fallen Angels starts where City of Glass ended. Valentine is dead, Simon has the Mark of Cain and Jace is given a new start. At first everything seems perfect in the shadowhunter world but suddenly there are shadowhunters being killed and the peace with the downworlders is put to test.
A large part of the story is told in Simon’s point of view and it took me a while to get used to that but I eventually realized how interesting Simon can be. Clary’s was still my favorite point of view, though.
One thing I really liked was the fact Simon and Jace somehow got a little closer and became friends. They are extremely funny together! They are always teasing each other, after all.
Another thing I liked was the new character Jordan. His past was interesting and his relationship with some of the characters we already know was surprising. I hope we get to see more of him in the next books since I love a conflicted character.
Jace is still my favorite character and his relationship with Clary in this book was, to say the least, complicated. They never seemed to truly be together. There was always something keeping Jace away from Clary and that pissed me off a little. I would’ve liked them to be together and happy for a little while.  There were some nice scenes between them, though.
I do understand why Jace was so tormented and why he gave up hope on his relationship with Clary. For the ending of this book to work, Jace had to be like that.
I don’t want to write any spoilers so I’ll just say that I was surprised by the end of the book and can’t wait to see what will happen next. Poor Jace!
I don’t think this book is as good as the previous ones but it is well written, easy to read and interesting.  It was great to read about the characters I like so much again. I’ll definitely read the next book in the series.

Rating: Worth Your Time


  1. I need to read City of Glass some time, as I'm falling behind on this series. Aside from a creepy Luke & Leia vibe from Clary and Jace, I have enjoyed the books.

    ... visiting via Cym Lowell's blog.

  2. I have to say... I did NOT like this book. At all. After City of Glass came out, and I read it, I was happy. I was like, this is a good end, a nice way to close a series, especially with the Infernal Devices series coming out. But this book was awful. I've heard City of Lost Souls is pretty bad too. Well. I'm in no rush to read that one, or City of Heavenly Fire. I gave City of Fallen Angels one star lol. But, too each their own. Thanks for the review!

  3. Great review! These books kill me with cliff hangers I want to keep reading! I also liked to see Simon's point of view.
    -Cali W.