City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.
Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
Cassandra Clare is amazing! Her books never fall in to that "sequel" status. Each book just continues to be as incredible and exciting as the last one. This book is primarily about Simon. Since he is a "Daylighter", a vampire who can go out in the daytime, he could be very valuable to Downworld groups, but he doesn't want to have anything to do with them. He's dating two girls at once -- one a werewolf and one a Shadowhunter, he's decided to leave home and live on his own, and of course he still loves Clary. Now I haven't spoiled the story by telling you any of these things because you find out right off and everyone who has read the other books in the series knows that Simon loves Clary and would do anything to protect her. Of course, Clary loves Jace and that couple has challenges in this book, too. All the characters are just as stunning as they were in the first 3 books and having read "Clockwork Angel", some of the back stories become clearer. If you loved the first 3 Mortal Instrument books, you will love this one, too. I can't wait until the next volume is printed!
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