• Tabitha Tomala

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare


Book Four of The Mortal Instruments


Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books


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Clary has begun to train as a Shadowhunter, despite her mother’s misgivings about Clary being part of their world. But learning how to throw a knife isn’t the only reason Clary is visiting the institute. She can finally be with Jace. But even though Jace wants to be happy and enjoy his time with Clary, something lurks in his dreams, promising him he will hurt Clary. And let’s not forget the fact that someone is trying to kidnap Simon. Simon who is now homeless thanks to his mother kicking him out for being a vampire. And amidst all of this someone is murdering Shadowhunters and dropping their bodies in downworlder territory.

What drew me to this series and continues to hold me are the characters and their personalities. Every single one of these characters has a unique and entertaining personality. And I don’t get tired of reading about female characters who do not play the damsel in distress. Clary is taking steps towards becoming less of a liability, Isabelle is just fantastic, and Maia is a werewolf unafraid to jump into a fight against demons. And yes, I am a Jace fan. Readers get to see the vulnerable side of Jace that he tries so hard to hide, and it makes him all the more attractive. Simon has quite a bit of character development he undergoes in this story as well.

It never ceases to amaze me how many subplots can be seen in one of these novels. There is so much going on, and yet there is never confusion or lack of detail in any of them. I never once feel like I am not interested in what is happening to the characters. And by now there is a large host of characters that readers are familiar with. But despite there being so many characters, each one has their moment to shine and there is a good amount of balance between them. And that ending…. I am off to the next book!


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Interested in my thoughts on the other books in The Mortal Instruments?


City of Bones

City of Ashes

City of Glass

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