Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review...City of Fallen Angels

By Cassandra Clare    Book Four in the Mortal Instruments series

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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. 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.
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.

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

Cassandra Clare has come a long way since The City of Bones. She has grown as a writer and her work just keeps getting better and better.

I am conflicted when it comes to recommending this book though. It is very good and the story is right up my alley. It gives us vampires, werewolves, fairies, angels, love and war. But the journey to get to it is what I hesitate to recommend. City of Bones, the first book in the series upset me more than any book ever has and I swore I would never read her books again. Soon after I realized the writing must be good to draw that much emotion from me, so I soldiered on. That leads us to this book, it's witty, exciting and worth the ride.

Cassandra Claire brings us  many character's that are easy to care about. Jace, Clary, and lets not forget about Magnus. The pacing in this book keeps the story moving along and the ending.....lets just say Cassandra loves her cliff hangers and loves to torture her characters. Just like a writer should.

Now I can also tell you this, she has another series called The Infernal Devices. It  is more like a companion series but also stands alone where you do not have to read The Mortal Instruments to follow. Clockwork Angel is by far her best work, so if you don't want to suffer the aguish of The Mortal Instruments start there. It takes place in 1800's England.

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