City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Posted April 7, 2011 by Sara | Novel Novice 7 Comments


I hereby solemnly swear that everything you read in this review will be 100% spoiler-free!

If there’s one thing to take away from Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels, it’s this: actions have consequences.

Because at the heart of this latest addition to The Mortal Instruments series, that’s really the basis of everything that transpires; our characters are faced with a variety of new challenges, all of them essentially the result of events that took place in the first three books.

All our favorite people are back — and for fans wondering if they’ll get to see any romantic moments between Jace & Clary, fear not! Clare’s got PLENTY for you to savor. It was also refreshing to see a new dynamic between the pair, who, despite having what looks like “the same old” problems, take a surprising and mature turn that drives the action towards its eventual climax. It’s this impressive display of maturity in their relationship that helps set City of Fallen Angels apart from the earlier books.

And while I loved reading about the changes and developments for Jace & Clary — it was also nice to see Simon become a bigger part of the action. Along with Simon’s increased time in the spotlight, we also get additional time with characters like Isabelle and Maia, plus some intriguing new characters who help build up the plot.

Besides all the great interaction between these characters, Clare has put together an exciting new plot, with a mysterious and frightening new antagonist. Reading City of Fallen Angels is like peeling back layers of a mystery — and with two books still ahead, I feel as if I’ve only just cracked the surface of what’s to come. Clare writes in such a way that it’s practically impossible to put this book down. Look up “page-turner” in the dictionary, and you should simply see a picture of this book!

Clare not only masters the skill of engaging a reader, but her prose is interspersed with both humor and beauty. Every time it feels as if the tension is about to become too much, she drops in a one-liner that lightens the mood and makes you laugh. And in between all the action and drama, there are quiet moments of simply beautiful phrasing. These are two of my favorite (spoiler-free) gems:

The wind was blowing leaves across Second Avenue like handfuls of thrown confetti.

The lights of surrounding buildings hovered glittering in the night air like tinsel on a Christmas tree.

Once again, I am amazed and impressed with Clare’s world-building skills. What she has accomplished with both The Mortal Instruments series, and the accompanying prequels in The Infernal Devices series, is nothing short of amazing. I am continuously impressed by how she layers the action and drama within not just City of Fallen Angels, but within all of her stories in this universe. I can’t wait to see what she brings us next!

City of Fallen Angels is in stores now! (Oh, and in case it wasn’t obvious — I LOVED this book!!)

Sara | Novel Novice
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7 responses to “City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

  1. sleepless

    I just got the book delivered @ homne yesterday afternoon and my two daughters and I just couldn’t wait to start reading. I read it after dinner up to to about 5am this morning. Just couldn’t drop it !!! Grrr.. It will be a very long wait for the next book !!!!

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