City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments)


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.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I have to say that I really have enjoyed reading the Mortal Instruments Each book thus far has been action packed with secrets, lies and betrayal at every turn.

City of Fallen Angels was no different. There was action from beginning to end and we were finally given a more in-depth look at Simon’s life now that he has become a vampire. We were also introduced to some new characters.  Well, maybe not new – some of the characters have been mentioned in the previous books, but never developed. It was really interesting to see how everyone was adjusting in the aftermath of Valentine and not just Clary and Jace.

I’m not going to lie — their relationship has become a little reminiscent of Buffy and Angel (I was thrown back into the 90s). You know what I mean: We love each other, but can’t be together because of who we are. Wait, we have figured out how to be together, but oh no Angel has no soul and has gone over to the dark side.  We fixed that, but now Angel died.  Wait, he’s back from the dead, but now there’s something else in the way of our love.  Granted, Clary and Jace’s circumstances are not exactly the same, but we are walking through the same plot line.  There is always something getting in the way.  Will they ever make it or will they end up like Buffy and Angel, each with their own book?

Would I add it to the library?

Yes. I have been trying to read a variety of different books, but the Mortal Instruments series has reminded me how it feels when an author pulls you in and won’t let you go until the end.


Genre: Fiction – dark fantasy, urban fantasy
ISBN: 9781481455992
Rating:  good

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