Friday, April 22, 2011

City of Fallen Angels

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books, 2011
Pages: 424
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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 that 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 that’s 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.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Holy Moly! I was waiting for this book for over a year and a half, and it did not disappoint! I love this series. Well it’s more that I love this world that Clare created. The Mortal Instruments and her other series, The Infernal Devices, are both set in the same world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders, and I can’t seem to get enough of it.

Shadowhunters are a group of supernatural police that are all part-angel, mostly-human Nephilim. It’s not necessarily that these people have an angel as one of their parents, but an angel, Raziel, gave the first Shadowhunters his blood so now the whole race is a little bit more than human. Downworlders is a generic term for any type of supernatural being that isn’t a Shadowhunter. A few examples are vampires, werewolves, faeries and warlocks.

The main characters in this book are Clary and Jace. Clary and Jace have quite a relationship. They started crushing on each other and everything was great, then they found out they were brother and sister. Gross. So then they felt awful that they could have those kinds of feelings for their sibling. Then we find out that they’re not really related. So after this incestuous rollercoaster, we find ourselves at the start of this 4th book. Where Clary and Jace are together, and happier than ever. One problem, Jace is dreaming of murdering Clary. And not just killing her, but slitting her throat in the middle of hooking up and stuff. It’s all very Freudian. And it makes you think about the whole Nature vs. Nurture argument. Jace has angel blood in his system, (more than an average Shadowhunter), so you would think he would not be dreaming of murdering his innocent girlfriend. But he was raised by the sociopathic Valentine who experimented on his own children in the woom; giving his son demon blood and his daughter, Clary, angel blood. How’s that for Nature vs. Nurture?

Another, less intense, conflict in this book centered around Simon. Simon is Clary’s very best friend who was turned into a vampire previously in the series. Simon is also dating a Shadowhunter, Isabelle, and a werewolf, Mia. Simon was a nerd before he became a vampire. And really he’s still a nerd, he’s just also a vampire. So seeing him being a player is absolutely hilarious. This is a fun, light contrast to Clary and Jace’s drama, which is nice.

This book was great. I can’t believe I have to wait until next May to see what happens next! I definitely recommend this series to everyone. But I don’t think this book would be good as a stand-alone. You really must read the whole series to really get it.

Ratings

Cover: 4/5 (that chick’s eyes are freaky!!)
Characters: 5/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Individuality: 5/5
The Whole Shebang: 4/5