Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative (Simon & Clary – majoritarily)
Genres & Themes: YA, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Demons, Werevolves, Witches, Mystery, Action, Love, LGBT.


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, 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. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.


I realized something, while being completely immersed in this sequel: I’ve been a bad bad reader, in the past, toward this series. Not only because I’ve postponed reading this book (in my defence, I really had to finish Clockwork Angel first so I can actually know who ‘Camille’ is) but also for another reason entirely.

I didn’t care. I didn’t care enough about the characters before, Alec & Magnus excluded. I didn’t even try to. I mean, I liked them enough but… Alec & Magnus were the ones I kept focusing on, in every single chapter and, when they weren’t around, I was still thinking about them and processing and replaying in my mind what I’ve just learned regarding them. Or felt. Craving for the next scene I’ll see the lovely couple in was never something new to me. And that’s, I think, not right. Being my favorite series ever, I should have paid more attention to the other characters too. Because they’re great! This is the only The Mortal Instruments book in which I didn’t miss doing that and discovered some new qualities and endearing information on the characters I’ve known of before such as Simon (especially him), Jace and Isabelle. Clary is the heroine, so there barely is any – if none at all – secret she’s keeping that we don’t know about, but I did feel closer to her in this one too.

That was my dirty little secret, heh. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to re-read book 1, 2 & 3 for a third time. C’est dommage. *wink* *wink*

This book was actually fun, strangely. It felt more like an ‘in between’ written story than a sequel itself. It’s like the author wanted to take some time off the actual immense and complex plot and focus really on the relationship between the characters. For instance, Clary & Jace, Simon & Maia & Isabelle (you go, man!), Jocelyn & Luke, Alec & Magnus, etc. And I loved this book for it. Of course, there was some actual action and mystery too, but I do admit it being slower than the two previous ones. However, it being different didn’t make it disappointing at all. This book, like I mentioned, helped me connect with the cast more and I’m grateful for it, since I will probably love the next two books *to the moon and back* because of it and not just *really really* love them.

I don’t think I ever realized how sweet and funny Simon actually is. Sarcastic, quite in fact, but a good kind of sarcastic. And Jace…he appeared vulnerable in this. It was pleasant to see for once how much he loves Clary and being given proof for it. Or perhaps it is that this made me believe in their relationship even more. And Clary, well, as always, she can be naïve and give her trust too quickly. But all that made a great melange and brought a nice atmosphere.

Magnus is so cute. Awe moment:
He touched her cheek. It was colder than the floor had been. ‘‘You could give me the past,’’ he said a little sadly. ‘‘But Alec is my future.’’

Woah, Magnus Bane can be romantic. Too bad Alec didn’t hear…or did he? *grins*

A must read! I have seen many being disappointed by this sequel but, still, don’t hesitate if you’re a fan of the series!

Clary & Jace
Luke & Jocelyn
Alec & Magnus
Simon & Isabelle

13 thoughts on “Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare

  1. Simon is the best(est) for me! A lot of people hate on him and I just couldn’t understand it. He’s always been the most loyal of friends and he’s funny and sarcastic like nobody’s business. I agree about what you said, this book being more like an ‘in between’ story. It is so short compared to the other ones but I liked how the story was built for the next two books. The ending was so heart-breaking for me. Cassandra Clare knows how to break my heart. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the last two books 😉

    P.S: Magnus is AWESOME as well 😉

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  2. I’m so glad you’re giving this series another chance. I have so much love for everyone in this book, and if you’re an Alec/Magnus fan, I hope you’ll read The Bane Chronicles. 🙂


  3. I feel like a disgrace to book lovers for not reading these books. I got through half of City of Bones but I couldn’t finish it…


  4. Oh, my favorite characters in this series are Magnus and Simon, actually. They are both interesting, complex, very nice and caring, and hot in their own way, too.
    Great review, Lola, I haven’t read any of these for quite a long time, there are just so many books.
    Happy New Year! I hope 2015 will be an amazing year 🙂


  5. To be honest, this book was my least favorite of the series probably because it felt “awkward” to me. Like I had no idea where it was going because the series was supposed to have “finished” a book ago. However I really like how it built up a new conflict and made City of Lost Souls all the more interesting. LOVE all the pictures, Lola!


  6. Don’t feel bad for putting this one off — my secret is I’ve been putting off the final book of this series!! I’ve had it since probably a month after it came out, but I’m just not ready to read it yet!! It’s the FINAL book & I’ve enjoyed the series so much & hate to for it to end!! Plus, I’m kind of worried that some characters may be **gasp** killed off!! If I don’t read it, then it can’t end, right? LOL!! I’ve also been really busy & also trying to catch up on other books on my TBR list, but I do plan on getting to it soon. Anyway, so glad you enjoyed this one too! I just love this series! Awesome review, thanks for sharing!! 🙂


  7. I think lots of people put this off when the second part of the trilogy happened. And yes, this book does focus more on the relationships and characters and that was one of the reasons why I loved it. Honestly, looking forward to seeing what you think of the other two. I don’t think I liked them as much as the first four, but your opinion will be interesting!


  8. I read Infernal Devices after book five oops. I put off this series forever too and I wound up really liking it. The second part of the Mortal Instruments wasn’t as good as the first, I didn’t feel the whole Jace + Clary thing here. I liked Simon’ parts more too. I couldn’t stand him at the beginning. I loved Magnus from the first, but it wasn’t until the shorts until I understood Alec. (I read those after Infernal) Nice review!


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