Title: City of Fallen Angels (Book 1 in The Mortal Instruments)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: April 5, 2011
The Mortal War is over, and 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 important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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 he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.
After City of Glass, the levels of intrigue seem to go down, at least on a political scale. However, there is still the aftermath of the war to deal with, and personal scandals? Off the charts. All of the romantic relationships, and friendships, too, are further developed in this book, more than anything else. Simon and his “non-exclusivity” (Boy, that was just waiting to come back and bite him!) had me nervous for him – the girls he deals with are definitely NOT average. I mean, neither is he, but still. Then there’s Alec and Magnus. Geez, but I love them. They’re so, well, CUTE together. I can just picture them, and their relationship, so easily, even though they’re away for the first half of the book. The second half really digs into Alec’s feelings, and makes me very frustrated with him. And sort of with Magnus, too. But seriously, they’re a great couple. Then there’s Jordan. Honestly, I really like him. I hope he gets his girl. And anything else I say will probably be too spoilery, so I’ll stop there.
Clary and Jace. I mean, I think it speaks for itself, but I had to put them in a separate paragraph. I seriously LOVE them together. I mean, they were made for each other (NOT literally), and after all they’ve been through, I would have killed them if they broke up. And with all the issues in this book that they were going through, especially Jace with his I’ve-just-come-back-from-the-dead problems, I got seriously scared. There are a bunch of steamy scenes, and also some sweet ones. My favorite parts of this series as a whole are when Jace breaks down and is tender and honest with Clary. (I also love the parts where she’s angry and loses her temper at him – like in the first book with the slap across the face.) This section of their story definitely tests their relationship.
The complications in the romances are definitely aided by the plot. The murders of Shadowhunters leads to the involvement of Camille, which hurts Alec and Magnus, as well as distracts Simon. And let me just say that I don’t appreciate it. Jace’s issues with being reborn also have some issues – the main problem for him and Clary, and basically the whole reason for the ending of the book. And Jordan’s a whole ‘nother issue, but I still like him.
So. The ending. I just have to say, that it was TORTURE waiting for the fifth book to come out after this ending. Even though I adore this series, and I highly recommend it, I also suggest that you read them all at once, even if it means waiting for the 6th book, not just the fifth. Trust me, the agony of waiting sucks. And then after you finally get your hands on a copy of the one book, you have at least another entire YEAR to go until the last one. So yes. I – as much as I hate to say it – suggest waiting. Those of you who have already read this book/series will understand what I’m talking about.
**Note: As much as I love this series, I’d suggest it to teenagers, no one younger.