Saturday, 12 January 2013
Review: City Of Fallen Angels 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 who used to be in Valentine's Circle, 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side - along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
So, this is the fourth instalment of The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. I did really enjoy this book but I felt a little disappointed with parts here and there. I feel like it could be a novel that is paving the way for the next novel in the series.
Characters. This book series is as character driven as it is plot driven. You fall in love with the characters and get to know them so well. In this novel, we get more of an insight into the characters and relationship of Isabelle and Simon. We see a lot of character development for these two. Simon is adjusting to his mark of Cain. Although he is the Daylighter, he is still trying to live life as a normal teenager. He is also trying to juggle two "sort-of" girlfriends that he has accidentally acquired. It was really interesting learning of Simon as something other than Clary's best friend and seeing him as a main character.
Isabelle is a character I have previously had a love / hate relationship with. In this novel, we learn more about her as a person. We see that she is sometimes not as confident and self assured as she makes herself out to be. We also see the soft side to her character in her relationship with Simon. Her character is really growing on me and I'm excited to see where their relationship goes in the next book.
Where were Alec and Magnus for this book ?! They came back to the book about half way in, did some stuff and that was basically it. I wish they were in the book more and was disappointed by this.
Clary and Jace's relationship was a little tedious and repetitive in this novel for me. In City Of Glass I was really happy they were not related. In this novel they basically were happy and lovey, then went through relationship problems and then got back together. It was really boring and I thought Simon's relationships with Maia and Isabelle were a lot more interesting. Jordan Kyle is also an awesome new character!
The plot was quite good. I don't really think there was a slow part of the novel. For me the novel was at a constant fast pace from beginning to end. I liked and disliked this. I liked it because it was action packed and fun to read but disliked it because it seemed to go by too fast and it being all fast paced made it seem a little too much too quickly, if you know what I mean. The plot was good though. I mean, the demons, Sebastian, Camille, the babies all of it was really good and well written.
The ending was such an insane cliffhanger! I can't wait to see what havoc Sebastian is going to wreak. I am desperate to read the next book, City Of Lost Souls. My friend is going to re-read CoFA, so I think I will start City Of Lost Souls when she starts it. Cassandra Clare, wow, you really know how to write books. Although for me the book loses a half star for the Clary- Jace annoying, dysfunctional relationship thing.