Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare

Rating: 4/5 stars

This book was the most interesting of the series so far. City of Bones was okay, I didn’t like City of Ashes, I liked City of Glass, and I really liked City of Fallen Angels. I think one of the reasons I liked this so much (when so many other people didn’t) is because I knew about it before I started book one. I didn’t read the series back in high school when they were initially being published, so I didn’t expect City of Glass to be the end of this world until this fourth book was published; I went in expecting more story than the original trilogy, and I ended up really liking this book.

I think I liked this book so much because the stakes were much higher and the plot was more intriguing here than in the original trilogy. I liked the idea of the villain here a lot more than I did Valentine for the first three books. It feels like the first three books were a preamble, or a backstory, and now we’re finally getting to the real story now that all that Valentine business is taken care of.

I loved that Simon was a huge part of this book. He is one of my favorite characters, so it was nice to see him have a bigger impact on the order of things and be one of the main perspectives. I love seeing him evolve as a character and become more comfortable with being a vampire.

At first I thought the “people” that attacked Simon were the “people” in Clockwork Angel. I thought there would be some connection, but I was wrong. I hope the books overlap more in the rest of the series because I am going through the effort of reading the Infernal Devices, even though I don’t really want to, just so I can enjoy the Mortal Instruments better. [Update a week after writing this review: I have decided not to continue on with the Infernal Devices because I was quite uninterested in the story and the characters that were historical photocopies of the characters from the Mortal Instruments. I am still interested in how the books overlap and connect, so I looked up a spoilery review for the last two books in the Infernal Devices.]

Jace really irritated me in this book, and I hate that he was punishing himself so much for what was going on with him and Clary. He really was just hurting Clary, and it was irritating how he couldn’t be reasoned with. I knew something was wrong with him, and I just wanted to figure out what that was. I had some guesses, but of course they were all wrong.

Overall, I thought this book was a nice addition to the original trilogy. City of Fallen Angels had more details about the Shadowhunter universe, which was helpful. We got to learn about more history and rituals for Shadowhunters, and I really appreciate having more details to build a fuller imaginative world. I am liking this series the longer I read it, and I’m glad I finally started it this year.

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