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


∴ City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare


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.


“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”.”

City of Fallen Angels. What can I say? Cassandra Clare did not disappoint fans with this book. I did notice when I was rereading it that this book is more of a filler book leading up to book five (City of Lost Souls). I also noticed that this book focuses more on Simon Lewis more than the other books did. He plays probably the most central role to this book. It feels like the book is more about him than Clary. That is fine with me. I never really had a connection with Simon until now. The other books were more of world-building and romance than this one was by far though. Jace and Clary’s relationship was not as focused on in this book as it was in the other books. I also felt like the Simon and Isabelle relationship (along with the Simon and Maia relationship) was the most romance this book had to offer. Like I said, this was a fill in book for City of Lost Souls. This book really just gave us a lot of information that doesn’t really mean anything until book five. In my opinion, this book was the worst so far. I still loved it, but I had higher expectations for it. If you got bored during this book, I would definitely recommend you read the next book. City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire are both ten times better than this book.

TID Spoilers Below:
I actually read this series first and then later read The Infernal Devices. Now, when I was rereading this book, Magnus and Camille both mention The Infernal Devices gang quite a lot. I actually cried because Magnus is remembering Will, Jem, and Tessa. Camille also mentions Will many times. This leads Alec to question Magnus’s commitment to the relationship. Brother Zachariah (Jem) is also in this book and that made me cry because his personality is still there. At one point he says to Jace that, had he been there before, he would have easily been able to tell him what lineage he came from. Jem is obviously referring to the fact that Jace is a Herondale and therefore is a descendant of Will and Tessa. He would know more than anyone a descendant of Will. That made me want to cry too. I definitely enjoyed Cassandra Clare sliding that in there.

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

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