The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old 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 importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, 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 that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.
Do not read this review if you haven't read the previous book!!!
All ended pretty well in the last book. Valentine is out of the picture which means peace has restored, mostly. Clary can finally be happy with Jace and she is even training to become a real Shadowhunter. Unfortunately not everything stays that way. It seems ever since Jace got resurrected, he's been having some nightmares about killing Clare. Afraid he might hurt her physically in real life, he starts pulling away from her and therefor ends up hurting her anyway, emotionally that is. So no rainbow and sunshine for these two it seems.
We got to see a lot more of Simon in this one, which was very interesting. To me he's still that nice guy, the best friend, who could never really hurt anyone, but is willing to go through fire for his friends. The bantering between him and Jace adding that necessary humor to the stories. Well life is definitely no longer the same for him. He never chose to be a vampire and tries holding on to his normal life so desperately. Still at one moment he will have to embrace it. Simon will never grow old and outlive all his friends. Quite depressing if you think about it. Adding the fact that he is a Daylighter only complicates his life even further. It seems again, but even more that before, people are out to kill him. With the mark of Cain on his forehead though, that is not going to happen so easily.
Of course there is trouble brewing, otherwise it would become very boring. Someone is killing Shadowhunters, more particular former Circle members. Besides that Clary somehow stumbles upon a cult who are trying to make more Sebastien's. All very dark stuff and that combined with Jace's dark thoughts, everything is bound to go to hell.
City Of Fallen Angels builds very nicely upon the choices made in City Of Glass and its aftereffects. What seemed like a good choice then, might have some dire consequences now. I really liked seeing more from Simon, his role is definitely growing. The focus is no longer mainly on Clary and Jace, we get to know everyone better. Magnus has always been fascinating and now we get to see the fear Alec lives with of him one day dying and Magnus keep on living. That confrontation with mortality is a big theme in this one and it makes you think.
This time it was also way more character focused than on the overall plot. It was nice getting deeper into the skin of the characters. There was still action, though way less than in the previous it seemed.
City Of Fallen Angels is a great beginning of a new trilogy. Valentine may be dead, but there are more enemies out there out to get them. The story is definitely becoming darker and I like it.
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