City of Fallen Angels is the forth instalment to Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. I am going to be giving a review of my experience reading this book. You can read my review of the previous title, City of Glass here and my reviews for The Infernal Devices here.
To love is to destroy… The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But her happiness has come at a price…
The Characters and World Building
The character development in this book is perhaps the biggest reason I absolutely disengaged with this book. I could not stand Simon’s behaviour throughout this book. He continued to make questionable choices over and over again and it seemed completely out of character from the previous titles. I get that he’s different now but I just didn’t appreciate his inability to reason appropriately in certain situations.
Jace is another character who annoyed me for ninety percent of this book. Though towards the end it was explained why, it made continuing difficult because I just hated what he had become. I totally understand why he was behaving why he was now. Its just a shame it took so long to get to that revelation.
I did enjoy reading the parts involving Magnus and Alec, though limited. In addition, the references to The Infernal Devices felt great to read. I now understand why people suggest reading those first. A lot of dialogue and meaning would have been lost on me had I not read those prior.
The Story Progression and Plot
What story progression? honestly. Was the entirety of City of Fallen Angels even necessary? I felt so bored reading this like nothing I remotely cared about was happening. I just kept reading thinking, why was this included? It felt like it was so not needed. The only exception I will make is the last 3-4 chapters which actually included plot which was engaging and relevant to the previous events of The Mortal Instruments. The rest was mostly focused around side characters and other unimportant side characters who really didn’t need an entire book for their shenanigans.
To be fair to the author, the twist with Clary and Jace and the whole Mark of Cain thing, I liked. But it just took far, far too long to build up to it.
Overall Thoughts and Feelings
Overall I found this City of Fallen Angels a real struggle to finish and I was very close to DNFing. I continued because I want to complete the series. The last three chapters had the most action and without those I would have found it extremely difficult to find anything to praise about this addition to The Mortal Instruments series.