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The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels Paperback – 1 September 2011
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- ASIN : 1406330337
- Publisher : Walker Books Ltd (1 September 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781406330335
- ISBN-13 : 978-1406330335
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
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S0 after reading Clorckwork Angel I was interested to see where this book was going to go, knowing that it was originally going to be a trilogy but also seeing that Clare’s writing seemed to be much better. I was not let down let me tell you.
As The Mortal Instruments was originally supposed to be a trilogy things have kind of gone back to normal in the beginning of City of Fallen Angels: Clary is training, Jocelyn and Luke are sorting their lives out together and Simon is getting to grips with his whole vampire thing. And whilst the beginning was quite normal and I can understand that some people may find this slow, I liked that we got a glimpse into a more normal life for the shadowhunters without the constant fear of Valentine. I’m always a big fan of seeing friendships and relationships in books so it was just nice to see that without everything else going on at the same time.
Now that Clary and Jace know they aren’t related I feel so much more comfortable reading this series. I already knew they weren’t related because, as I have mentioned before, I spoil myself a lot. But even knowing they weren’t related I still felt so uncomfortable because they didn’t know that so to them they were still kissing their sibling so it was just eugh. I’m so glad that’s over. However, Jace exhibits some really strange behaviour in this book, which is part of the plot, but Clary just goes along with it most of the time which is just not great. Like you’ve only known him a couple months girl, don’t let him treat you like s***!
One of the things that I found a bit strange is that now Jocelyn is out of her coma thing she’s still not really a presence and feels like she doesn’t really take an interest in her daughter’s life. I don’t know if it’s because she was too swept up in Luke or what but there was so much going on that she just wasn’t around for and I just left me feeling like ????
I’m so damn glad I’m reading these after they’re all out because the book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger that I know would have driven me absolutely batty. Though I am on holiday when this is being posted so I can’t even start the next one, what a bad time.
Also it is going to be made into a TV series so get reading people! Its gonna be amazing!
COFA is a complex story compared to the previous three. There is so much going on with lots of little subplots and individual character stories. I particularly enjoyed Simon's story this time; he became much more integral and I was really invested in what he was doing. I desperately hated some of his decisions but I love a book that makes me feel those kind of emotions.
I think with book four Clare has actually upped her game. Because there is so much going on this time, we are actually introduced to a whole new set of characters each with their own role tying in nicely. This big cast did cause me a bit of trouble to begin with, it was tricky to keep up with all the names when we already have a pretty complex set of minor characters to remember. These additional characters were interesting though and I enjoyed having a bit more insight into the different creature communities.
So, although I enjoyed this book perhaps more than the previous three, I did find that Clare just unloaded tons of new information at us. Sometimes, because there was so much to tell us, it seemed like she would write full paragraphs of new information and just throw them in whenever she had the opportunity. This meant that they just didn't tie in very nicely and seemed really obvious and chewy.
Another issue I had with this book was that I felt like in the previous books Clare managed to nail her characters personalities perfectly. I felt like I could describe each of them and would be able to sum them all up perfectly. She seemed to get the balance particularly for Jace pretty right; his arrogance didn't become grating and was explained. However, in book four he is ridiculously arrogant. I would have thrown the book in the bin if I wasn't so precious about damaging books! In Clare's defence there is actually a bit of a reason given to us for his behaviour change, but I just couldn't stomach reading about him during those moments. Particularly as he's probably supposed to be our main book crush of the series. Just, no.
Overall, I did think this was a nice addition to what I thought was a closed series; it was much better developed than the previous three with much more going on to keep us engaged. This was something I'd found a major problem with previous books. I'll still give the next one a read because I felt COFA had lots more potential so hopefully we're onto a winner now.
Next book is number 5 and although I want to read it, I also feel there is a little sadness within me. I like the characters very much but I'm hoping the next book focuses on much more than just a handful of people. I need to be drawn in like the others books managed to do.
Book 6 is released in 2014 and I thought I would buy it immediately BUT now it all depends upon this next stage of the story. Cassandra has to pull something special out of the bag this time to make me want to purchase another book. Maybe author's lose their way when they are reaching the end of a series or maybe every book just cannot be brilliant every time.