City of Fallen Angels

Description from Goodreads:

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.


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare has 424 pages and was published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s.

The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels, continues to follow Clary & Co. as we learn more about each of the characters.  I love Clare’s writing.  Her stories never fail to engage my imagination and transport me to an exciting, dangerous world of shadowhunters and downworlders.

I like that we learn a lot more about Simon in this book.  He goes from single and nerdy to vampire hot with two girlfriends.  His utter lack of finesse and charm is endearing.  I hope that as the series progresses we see him gain more confidence in himself.

I love Jace.  I’m not sure that he could ever do anything to make me not love him.  He is awesome.  He is handsome and funny and witty and sweet….  Need I go on?

I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy.  I don’t think this is the best book of the series but it is definitely a worthwhile read.

Rating:  4 Plot Monster Spiders


Notable Quotes:

“He looks,” Simon had once said to Isabelle, “like he’s thinking about something deep and meaningful, but if you ask him what it is, he’ll punch you in the face.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels

“You’re the first Shadowhunter I’ve ever met.”
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”
― Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels

About the Author:

(Official Bio via Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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MDW original review.  Source:  Library.

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