Tuesday 17 May 2011

Review: City Of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars

Book 4 in the Mortal Instruments series

I love this series and this fourth book did not disappoint. This is the kind of book I'm talking about when I say the writing and dialogue has to have a spark. You could fill pages up with your favourite Jace or Simon quotes- it is witty, funny and sparky, and that is what makes this so fun to read. The story also flows so well- the writing is fantastic, and pulls you into that world. I want to be a Shadowhunter now!

I am so glad that Clare wrote a fourth book in this series after the dramatic ending of City of Glass. We get to hang out with all the fantastic characters again- Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle and all the rest, and all their associated love life dramas in the midst of demons attacking and everything going wrong. The story picks up pretty much where book 3 left off and it is so easy to slide right back into that world again. I thought the books had finished after book 3 and didn't realise until I started reading this one that there is still so much tale left to tell, still so much that can (and does) go wrong for everyone.

Jace is haunted by nightmares that put a wedge between him and Clary. Simon is torn between whether he should be dating Maya or Isabelle, in the midst of struggling to come to terms with his new abilities (and how to deal with his family now), and Alec begins questioning his importance to Magnus and what kind of future they can have. Then there is still the big question- is Sebastian really dead and gone?

This book has everything- shadowhunters, demons, vampires, werewolves, romance and heartbreak. It is sassy, funny and kick-ass with characters that we love for being real, and tough and hilarious and vulnerable all rolled into one. Just brilliant!

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