Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Published: April 5th 2011, Walker
Pages: 424 pages, paperback
Series?: Yes, this is book four. Book five (City of Lost Souls) is due out next year
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My review: Well, it doesn't really matter what I say in this review, does it? Even if I completely slated City of Fallen Angels that isn't going to do a jot to put anybody off of buying it - Clare's fans are fiercely loyal, even reaching Twilight proportions. However, I won't be completely slating City of Fallen Angels because I did enjoy it, yay!

I don't mean this in a bad way but City of Fallen Angels is more of the same. Clare uses the same tried and tested structure that she does in the rest of the Mortal Instruments books - sassy female characters, swoon-worthy guys, lots of snappy one liners and even more lusty, angsty romantic moments. I can see why fans of the genre go so INSANE for her books - if you're into that sort of thing then you'll just eat this one up and adore it.

My issue with City of Fallen Angels (and something I have read in a number of reviews) is that it doesn't seem as though there's much of plot in this one. In the first three novels there was a clear story but it did feel as though City of Fallen Angels was written in a hurry to get another Mortal Instruments book out there as soon as possible. I do wish Clare had taken a little more time and really worked to deliver another great story but unfortunately I was a little disappointed.

What didn't disappoint me, though, were the cast of City of Fallen Angels. They're back and better than ever. Clary is as adorable as always, Jace, Simon and the other boys are as gorgeous and brooding as we've come to expect and, as I said before, there are one liners aplenty. Although I don't read many series, this is one I'll stick with - I've come to know the characters so well that it's nice to kick back and learn more and more about their world.

By far my favourite part of City of Fallen Angels in the ending - and I mean that in the best possible way. The ending is AWESOME. A huge cliff hanger - so frustrating! Ahhhh! Brilliant stuff. Although cliff hangers drive me mad I completely see why Clare did it and it's going to be so hard waiting a year to find out more but it's a fantastic ending and sets things up perfectly for City of Lost Souls.

First line: "Just coffee, please."

Read if you liked…: Clockwork Prince - Cassandra Clare

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 16/20 (B+)


  1. I haven't read any of this series so la la laaa! But I do have the first one ready to read at some point soon :)

  2. I LOVE The Mortal Instruments and was so happy that COFA came out! I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous three novels, but that doesn't matter to me. I consider it more as the first in a new cycle(which justifies a larger plot in some way) than the 4th book.
    Loved the boys,too!:)

  3. It was a huge cliff hanger wasn't it! I loved this book and I was so pleased to see all the characters back again.

  4. Now, I luv this series. All of the main characters, and if you read the previous books and had the wits to understand why exactly she's writing more than just the trilogy, then you'll know why the ending really is so great. She's keeping you interested. Although, waiting until May to get the next book, City of Lost Souls, really is torturous.


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