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, 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.
~This review contains spoilers for both The Infernal Devices trilogy and The Mortal Instruments series~
I’m going to start with the fact that I am convinced that I will never like Simon. Thinking that he could date Maia and Isabelle and get away with is was stupid. I was so glad that it blew up in his face. I feel like there’s still something between him and Isabelle and I really think that she could do better.
I was wondering when Camille would reappear. I liked her at the beginning of Infernal Devices but I hated the way she treated Magnus near the end. I wonder if there will be a showdown between her and Raphael. I also want to know what she meant when she told Alec that he didn’t have to worry about dying and Magnus moving on.
I’ve always wondered if we would learn who Lilith was. I like her story line, it was incorporated pretty nicely. Although, I didn’t expect her to die so soon. I have to admit that I found Sebastian’s ability to control Jace without Lilith a little unbelievable. I feel like there’s just no real reason to believe that he is that powerful. Yes, Simon bit him but he didn’t have any blood. I didn’t like that. And I did not like that ending.
I was surprised about Kyle ….Jordan turning out to be Maia’s ex. I definitely did not see that coming. I wonder if they will get back together but I kind of don’t have a preference. It’s like you want to say no because of how he treated her but at the same time, you can’t deny that it wasn’t his fault. I don’t know, I guess we’ll see
Jem appears in this books as Brother Zachariah so it makes me wonder if he and Tessa will appear later when he’s no longer a Silent Brother. I think that would be pretty cool if they did.
It was sooo great that Will was brought up as well. That was a really nice touch. Unfortunately Jace has no idea that that’s his ancestor but maybe he’ll find out eventually.
There were a few small details that probably don’t matter but I wanted to bring them up: When Isabelle told Simon the story about her parents, I really wanted to know who Robert Lightwood had an affair with. I wonder if it will be revealed? Also, I like that they pointed out that the Clave got rid of the rule where if you become a Shadowhunter but your family members aren’t, you aren’t forbidden to talk to them anymore.
At this point I really just want Clary and Jace to be happy together but it doesn’t look like that will happen anytime soon. I guess we’ll see what happens next.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Now for City of Lost Souls!