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The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

on April 24, 2014

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City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the six book Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The sextet is actually comprised of two trilogies, the first consisting of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass; and the second trilogy comprising of City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire, which comes out this May.

There is also a spin off trilogy called The Infernal Devices, consisting of The Clockwork Angel, The Clockwork Prince, and The Clockwork Princess, which came out last year. There are also two more upcoming spin off trilogies: The Dark Artifices, consisting of Lady Midnight (which comes out in 2015), The Prince of Shadows, and The Queen of Air and Darkness, and, finally, The Last Hours series.

There are also three companion books: one of which is a companion guide to the Shadowhunter world: The Shadowhunter Codex, which came out in 2013. There is also Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Guide, which contains essays written by several other prominent YA authors, including Holly Black (one of the writers of the The Spiderwick Chronicles and the author the Modern Tales of Faerie series, which has been featured on this blog), Rachel Caine (author of The Morgansville Vampires series), and Kami Garcia (author of the Beautiful Creatures series).

Finally, there is a series of short stories available on ebook called The Bane Chronicles. This series stars one of the most popular character in the series, Magnus Bane. A printed collection of the stories will hit be available this November.


Originally, The Mortal Instruments was going to only be the first three books, and City of Fallen Angels was going to be a standalone book about Simon Lewis, a vampire with the power to walk in daylight and the best friend of the main protagonist, Clary Fray. Eventually, Clare realized that there was a another story to be had, and extended the series.


In this book, Simon Lewis is doing his best to live his life normally, despite being a walking corpse that feeds on the blood of the living. He told his friends, he’s keeping it from his mom, and for the most part, everything seems ok.

However, between the fact that he’s a Daylighter (a vampire who can walk around in the sunlight) and that he has the Mark of Cain written on his forehead, there are powers in the world that want him on their side. Including, Camille Belacourt, a very old and powerful vampire that wants Simon on her side so she can take back her clan.

Meanwhile, Jace has started acting really weird. Granted, he’s a kind of odd guy already, but he’s acting weirder than normal, and Clary is getting really concerned. He’s been avoiding her, having nightmares, and just generally acting nervous and skittish, all things that are very uncharacteristic of him.

On top of that, there have been murders of Shadowhunters, and instances of infants being injected with demon blood. For the most part, it’s a pretty bad time to be part of the Shadowhunter world.


I really like the direction the series is going now. A few minor characters, some of which are only mentioned in the first series, have come to the forefront in a really good way. You can really tell that Clare has gotten better and more developed in her writing, though some of the scenes between Clary and Jace can get very flowery. Clare’s strong point is developing characters, which shows up pretty well in this book. I really recommend it, and I think you might be able to pick up here if you haven’t read the first three books, though I do recommend reading them first, if nothing else than to catch up on the world building.


Rating: 8 out of 10.


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