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.
The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.
I'd have to give this a 3.5 star.
This book definitely has the feel of pushing a series further than the original storyline.
It was good, it just didn't flow as smoothly as the previous 3 books.
What didn't help is that I've been listening to the series on Audible.com and for whatever reason they changed the narrators on this book and they were horrible! The guy sounds like a 30 year old British man for Simon and a knock off Sylvester Stallone for Jace! The woman sounded like a whiny 12 year old that is trying way to hard to enunciate each word for Clary. It was really quite ridiculous.
Back to the book though, There was a lot going on in this one. There are several different story lines beginning to form with each of the characters and I expect the rest of the series to be very busy. City of Fallen Angels was more of an emotional downer. Everyone seems to be heart broken and self punishing. Jace was super annoying in this one for me; I mean, you didn't learn in the first 3 books that if there is something wrong you should say something instead of trying stay away from Clary to protect her... sigh. This book was extremely frustrating at times and I had to walk away for a while; far from the previous books where I had to make myself turn it off for bed. There are a few action sequences, mostly drama, and a few scenes that seem pointless - perhaps they'll make more sense in a future book.
Overall it was an okay read. I'm sure it would have been much better had I not been picturing Sylvester Stallone reading the book into a microphone. lol