Monday 18 April 2011

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Name: City Of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publishers: Walker Books

Summary:City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.
First of all I'm going to come out and say that it seems like I've been waiting years for this book to come out, and yet it has only been one year (a totally acceptable amount of time to wait for an in-series book!) - this is the power and curse of Cassandra Clare's plots, the woman pulls you in and sets your heart racing for hundreds of pages and then BAM! she's gone for a year.

The plot is, as you might expect if you've dipped your toe into CC's fictional waters before, fast-paced, dramatic, and character-driven. These people are, on the whole, movers and doers more than thinkers. Saying that, it's difficult to deny that there's pining and angst worthy of the most tell-all teen diary in this story - these almost-adults are so brilliantly imagined. I loved that there were some references and mentions from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices series)! I got so excited, I almost jumped around and happy danced whenever Will was mentioned! This just makes me want to buy Clockwork Prince NOW!!!

Clary the awesome kind girl who has gotten more braver through out the series and it defiantly shows in this novel I loved that it was set a few months later; and didn't try and deal with the immediate aftermath of the last book. It was good to see Clary developing a bit more both in terms of her shadow hunter abilities and as a person. I really enjoyed her relationship with Jace too. I think some may find that comment odd because it was so fraught and conflict-ridden; but I enjoyed the angst actually. I really understood all the different and overwhelming emotions Jace felt. Simon who I think gets more bad ass every time I read about him. One thing I missed most in this novel was MAGNUS (as he is my favourite character) I was so excited to see he's back with Alec from their holidays.

There is a HUGE cliffhanger ending. Like HUGE and shocking! My Mouth stayed open for what seemed like days thinking oh no! I have to wait another year to find out what is gona happen next!

So Cassie, thank you and I applaud you. You’ve created a world I feel a part of and never want to leave. Congratulations on a wonderful follow up and I wait with breath for the 5th instalment!


Sammie Spencer said...

I loved this book! I can't wait until the next one. Great review. =D

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