I fall in love with book series like a fall in love with good looking men.
Fast, hard, and yet fleeting.
But one series that has managed to capture and hold my interest is that of The Mortal Instruments, penned by Cassandra Clare. And after finally being able to devour the latest novel, “City of Fallen Angels,” I can honestly say I was anything but disappointed.
For those of you who are not aware of the series, Clare spins a fast-paced tale of urban fantasy revolving around the demon-fight Shadowhunters of New York City and their Downworlder “frenemies,” (werewolves, vampires, warlocks, etc.) And right in the middle of this underground and out-of-sight world lies Clary Fray, a seemingly human girl who happens to stumble into the middle of it all.
“City of Fallen Angels” is the fourth of six books in The Mortal Instruments series, and it was by far my favorite thus far. Clare changed the pace slightly, keeping farther away from a story driven solely by the relationship between Clary and Jace Wayland, one of the Shadowhunters from the New York Institute, and instead explores plot lines and viewpoints from all of the supporting characters as well. Using this new writing style added a new depth and interest to the novels, making them fresh while still being the same series and characters that I fell in love with back in 2007 with the first, “City of Bones.”
!!!SPOILER ALERT AFTER THIS POINT!!!!
The novel starts off shortly after the events of “City of Glass” with Shadowhunters who were formerly members of Valentine’s circle being killed and left in Downworlder territory, creating even more tension on the already stressful peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. Not that JAce and Clary have much time to worry about these new developments, considered the couple have a few disturbing problems all their own to deal with. And Simon, Clary’s best friend and newly minted Daylighter, is struggling with maintaining a normal life. As if juggling two girlfriends who know nothing about each other, being a vampire who can walk in the sun, and bearing the Mark of Cain is even close to normal.
Some of my favorite, and more memorable quotes, are as follows:
- “I think that she asked if she could touch my mango.” -Jace Wayland-
- “But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know better? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.” -Isabelle Lightwood-
- “What would you prefer? ‘What did the Count eat today, children? One helpless villager, two helpless villagers, three helpless villagers . . .” -Simon Lewis-