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Book Review: City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Clary is back in New York and life is good: she’s training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the losss of everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

The stakes are higher than ever… 

Book Review: City Of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth instalment in the phenomenal Mortal Instruments series, written by Cassandra Clare. I have been a huge fan of this series ever since I read City of Bones and I could not wait to get started with City of Fallen Angels.

Cassandra Clare’s writing is absolutely brilliant. Her books draw you in instantaneously and keep you turning page after page after page – its impossible to put her books down!

Although The Mortal Instruments series is written from the third person narrator, you still feel really connected to all the characters and know exactly how they’re all feeling.

The plot that Cassandra Clare has woven is so detailed and intricate that the plot often shifts from one person’s story to another. With scenes jumping from place to place, you would think that the book was always jumping around and moving back and forth. However, Cassandra Clare writes in such a seamless manner that you don’t notice this.

It has been a very long time since I read the first three books in this series and I did have to refresh my memory several times whilst reading City of Fallen Angels, which is why I’d say that this isn’t really a stand-alone book.

In order to fully enjoy and understand all the references and character relationships, I think it is essential for the reader to have read the previous three books in the Mortal Instruments series.

All the characters in City of Fallen Angels have developed and changed a lot since their debut in City of Bones and in order to understand the characters in City of Fallen Angels, you need know why they are who they are and what events shaped their personalities. There are also complicated plot twists that were revealed in the first three books that need to be understood by the reader.

The first three novels in the series work very well together as a collection but with City of Fallen Angels begins a new part to the story. The series was actually supposed to end with City of Glass! Towards the end of this new book, there is (of course) a dramatic plot twist. This brings back things from the past in ways you would never expect and you realise that the action from the first three novels isn’t over.

City of Fallen Angels is certainly a fast paced novel that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. Many characters are sort of transitioning from their old selves to their new selves and there are also a couple of new characters introduced.

The plot line is constantly moving, and definitely keeps you on your toes. The action is just non stop – just when you think it’s all over, something else happens to kickstart it all over again and this is why I love Cassandra Clare’s books so much.

There is never a dull moment in this series, there are no empty or undeveloped characters, they are all incredibly complex and their life stories weave in and out of each others in such a fascinating manner.

Clary and Jace have always had a complicated relationship and I’m sorry to say that things do not go smoothly for them in City of Fallen Angels. This pair are definitely the central characters to the novel; however, this novel is not solely orientated around their romance. There is also a lot of family drama, friend drama and demon drama which brings so much action to the novel.

Also, this book is a lot more tight knit than the previous three. I think the focus is narrowed down to a few, very important characters who are all deeply involved in the plot line, whereas in previous books there has often been different people doing different things but in City of Fallen Angels, all the characters have some business with all the other characters.

This is a must read for anyone who loves anything to do with the paranormal/fantasy genre will love this young adult book and I cannot recommend it enough. It is full of romance, suspense, drama and action and I guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down!

In 2013, a film adaptation of City of Bones was released but the series ended there. More recently Netflix adapted the series and called it Mortal Instruments.

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Amy
    21st May 2012 / 6:28 PM

    I have avoided this series but now i have to read them…sad! 🙁 Have you read the series by her about shadowhunters that is a prequel to the Mortal Instruments series? The series is called Infernal Devices and the first book is Clockwork Angel.


  2. Laura Hartley
    21st May 2012 / 7:30 PM

    Why are you sad about having to read the Mortal Instruments series? It's so good! Yes, I've heaard Infernal Devices and that too is also on my list of things to read this summer! Cassandra Clare is also set to write a third series wahoo 🙂

  3. samantha ruth
    31st May 2012 / 11:15 PM

    The Mortal INstruments and The Infernal Devices are terrific series!

  4. Aqsa Naveed
    18th January 2013 / 11:09 PM

    Great review! I LOVE TMI and TID! They're my favorite series! 🙂

  5. 22nd October 2015 / 2:26 PM

    I am just reading book 6 now and I must say that I have really enjoyed reading them. I did get to book four and then have to start again after a break though!

  6. LaaLaa
    21st September 2016 / 8:26 PM

    I’ve not heard of these books before, sounds like one that people reading the series would enjoy.

  7. Elodie
    21st September 2016 / 8:40 PM

    Just like LaaLaa, I’d never heard of these before but I think I would LOVE them!

    – Elodie x


  8. Nikki Hamilton
    21st September 2016 / 9:02 PM

    I have also never heard of these books but they do sound like a series I would love!

  9. 22nd September 2016 / 12:00 AM

    I haven’t read any of the mortal instrument books but have been meaning to for ages x

  10. fashion-mommy
    22nd September 2016 / 12:50 AM

    Never heard of these books, tend to stick to thrillers and music and film biographies.

  11. 22nd September 2016 / 3:53 AM

    I have heard a little bit about this series. It’s good to know the story stays strong through all four books.

  12. Beautyqueenuk
    22nd September 2016 / 7:35 AM

    I have never come across the series but it is always good to read that story remains as good as they cross books x

  13. 22nd September 2016 / 3:22 PM

    I’d never heard of this book before so thanks for the recommendation!

  14. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    22nd September 2016 / 6:25 PM

    I love the sound of this! Might have to read it next x

  15. Melissa Zia
    22nd September 2016 / 6:52 PM

    Sounds like a brilliant read, I shall have to add it too my book wishlist

  16. Melanie Edjourian
    22nd September 2016 / 7:42 PM

    I want to read this I saw a film from that series and loved it.

  17. Angela Milnes
    23rd September 2016 / 12:08 AM

    I think my hubby would love this book. It sounds like the type of genre he is into.

  18. Laura
    23rd September 2016 / 2:38 AM

    My friend would love this book. She’s really into this genre whereas I’m more of a rom com kinda girl xxx

  19. 23rd September 2016 / 11:49 AM

    I love that you were hooked right from the start and that it was nice and fast paced x

  20. Kira L Curtis
    23rd September 2016 / 5:41 PM

    I loved this books too! Unfortunately I watched the movie before reading the books which ruined the first 3 books for me but I very much enjoyed this book although I’m yet to read the last 2!

  21. Mandi
    23rd September 2016 / 9:45 PM

    My two teenage daughters are hooked on these books, they haven’t read this one yet, but i’m sure i’ll get asked to purchase it soon

  22. 25th September 2016 / 8:51 AM

    Sounds like an amazing read, because it has paranormal and romance I am all over this book. I need to read the entire series.

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