The Shadowhunter Chronicles continue with City of Fallen Angels, part four in the Mortal Instruments series. I read the books in Cassandra Clare’s recommended order, which means I read The Infernal Devices after City of Glass. I’m glad to go back to reading the Mortal Instruments. My reviews are spoiler free, so safe to read even if you haven’t read City of Fallen Angels yet!
“”Just coffee, please.” The waitress raised her penciled eyebrows. “You don’t want anything to eat?” she asked. Her accent was thick, her attitude disappointed. Simon Lewis couldn’t blame her; she’d probably hoping for a better tip than the one she was going to get on a single cup of coffee. But it wasn’t his fault vampires didn’t eat. Sometimes, in restaurants, he ordered food anyway, just to preserve the appearance of normalcy, but late Tuesday night, when Veselka was almost empty of other customers, it didn’t seem worth the bother. “Just the coffee.””
Clary and her friends are back home in New York. She’s training to be a Shadowhunter and can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But all happiness comes at a price, and she finds herself in a whole lot of trouble.
Unfortunately, I can’t be very positive about City of Fallen Angels. I was beyond excited to continue reading The Mortal Instruments after The Infernal Devices, but it just wasn’t as great as the previous TMI books.
My biggest problem was probably the reading slump I was going through. It started sometime when I was reading Clockwork Angel and continued on while reading City of Fallen Angels. The chapter length didn’t make it much easier either. I actually had to put the book down for a bit and read something else. The last two chapters alone took me over an hour! That’s just way too long me.
It took me a long time to read and that’s probably why I feel like the plot just wasn’t strong enough for it to be good. I absolutely loved the first three Mortal Instruments books, but City of Fallen Angels was no where near that level. Let’s just say that if this was part one of the series, I would not have continued at all.
City of Fallen Angels wasn’t all bad though! I loved the introduction of new characters. Some of them were familiar to me because of other books I read or tv shows I watched. It was surprising to see them in the Mortal Instruments, but it was probably the most interesting thing in the book.
Simon doesn’t annoy me anymore, and I’m really glad I actually like his character! Jace’s attitude was lovely as always, hehe.. Sometimes he really annoyed me. But it’s his character, obviously. The lack of Alec and Magnus in this book broke my little fangirl heart, but I’m glad they were still part of the story at all.
My review of City of Fallen Angels including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
I just can’t give this book a higher rating than 3/5. I definitely didn’t enjoy City of Fallen Angels as much as the other Mortal Instruments books. I absolutely love the Mortal Instruments and I’ll definitely continue reading the series, but this part was a bit disappointing.
About City of Fallen Angels
City of Fallen Angels is book four in The Mortal Instruments series, which is part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It’s a series of multiple series/trilogies and standalone books which are set in the Shadow World. The Mortal Instruments has a prequel (The Infernal Devices) and a sequel (The Dark Artifices).
I also reviewed other books from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. You can find them in my Review Archive.
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