Author: Cassandra Clare
Provided Synopsis: 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 who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.
Review: From what I have been able to understand, The Mortal Instruments was supposed to be a trilogy, but Cassandra Clare decided to expand the story to six books. In my opinion, this was a mistake. City of Glass was a fantastic end to the trilogy as it wrapped up story lines well enough, with the exception of what Simon’s life would be like, but I will come to that point in a moment. By continuing the series Cassandra Clare is giving readers more of the same; the more I read of her books the more I doubt her ability to be more creative and expand upon her world.
With the conflict in Idris over and a sense of peace restored, all of our main characters are back home in New York City. Clary is finally training to become a shadowhunter. Jace (as all of Cassandra Clare’s main male protagonists must be) is once again conflicted with an inner turmoil that threatens his relationships. Teenage relationship angst runs paramount, no matter how silly and grating it is now that we have reached the fourth book. There is unrest brewing once again as shadowhunters are being discovered murdered. Old feuds that we believed to have been resolved are provided with sparks that are stretched thin. See what I mean by more of the same? Haven’t we already encountered these issues?
The real difference and revelation in the continuation of the series is being able to travel on a journey in Simon’s point of view. His future was the most uncertain after the end of the initial trilogy, and I found his story lines to be the most compelling. The Downworlder world is dived deeper into. So I give Clare props on this. But was Simon enough to continue the series? Not really, especially since he is not a main character like Jace and Clary.
In conclusion, I can only recommend City of Fallen Angels if you are so enthralled with the shadowhunter world, along with Jace and Clary. You must accept that you will receive more of the same. Otherwise, let the story end at City of Glass and be content.