- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
- Format: Paperback | 424 pages
- Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 30mm | 458g
- Publication date: 5 April 2011
- ISBN 10: 1442426632
- ISBN 13: 9781442426634
- Sales rank: 4,378
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By Liz Cush 31 May 2012
This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for about a year now. I read the first three original books at the start of 2010 and I loved them. But for some reason, it took me a while to get started on City of Fallen Angels. I think it was because I heard somewhere that this book is based entirely around Simon and honestly, I never was a huge fan of him. Until now. He wasn't one of my favourites in the series, I always found him annoying but he was so badass in this one! My opinion has definitely changed on him, thankfully. He doesn't bother me anymore. I actually really like him now. He was brave, strong, loyal, funny and an awesome friend to Clary.
The book wasn't all based on Simon. Mainly Simon and Clary told the story from separate POVs but sometimes we would get to hear from Isabelle, Alec, Jace and Magnus too, which was awesome. A lot of books I have read lately aren't only told from one person's perspective, I really used to hate that but I'm actually beginning to enjoy it. It's pretty cool seeing the world from different character's minds.
Cassandra Clare is a fabulous writer! She worded everything perfectly and you were never bored, not even for a second. As each chapter ended, there was a cliff-hanger, just making you want to continue reading. My eyes were glued to the pages from the very beginning, the book completely sucked me in. One thing I didn't like though was how long the chapters were. I think there's about thirty or forty pages in each, give or take. If I sit down, my mind set to just read one or two chapters, it's fine because usually they're not that long, but it did take a while to get through one, especially since it's a big book, unlike the first three. But apart from that, I really loved it.
The Mortal Instruments are my favourite covers of all time .Each one of them is stunning! I love, love, LOVE the cover of City of Fallen Angels. Clary and Jace look so badass and the orange light underneath them is so pretty. Then at the very bottom, it shows a city which continues all the way over to the back cover. It's stunning! Ugh, I love it.
This definitely was one of my favourite books in the series. It was amazing. The story held you captivated and you just wanted more and more. There was a huge cliff-hanger at the end so I'm really excited to read City of Lost Souls. I honestly wish I would have read this sooner. Kudos to Cassandra for this beautifully written book. And with that being said, it gets the incredible five-star rating!
By Cristina 04 May 2012
When I first starting reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones I instantly became addicted it was thrilling and it balanced love and serious parts and had its own unique humor so when I finished reading City Of Glass I was like WOW this is a perfect trilogy, this is awesome I need to read the 4th book. And to be honest I just wish I didnt because It really lets you down, well I was expecting more action to go down but it's kinda just focused in Clary's and Jace's sexual frustration toward eachother and I don't know I mean This one is supposed to be focused on Simon but the way Cassie wrote it, it just makes you want to skip Simon's parts and go to Jace's and Clary's and I dont think it's fair for Simon and the rest of the characters, but oh well. I just hope that City of Lost Souls will revive the action and adventure a little bit. Still, City of Glass is my favorite. so City of Fallen Angels gets 3/5.
By MissPageTurner 07 Mar 2012
I was concerned that the TMI magic might be gone. And I admit that I had a slightly slow start with CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, but I guess that is because I had to somehow accept or adjust to the main focus on Simon's part of the story.
Cassandra Clare's writing and language are as fantastic as always. Throughout the whole novel Clare applies wise references, supports the novel's character with biblical references, poems and ancient motifs. The plot is structured by parallel strings of action to keep the reader's attention and design an interesting and thrilling story.
What makes the THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series such an interesting read is that we get the chance to read a story told from the different perspectives of our favourite main characters in form of third person narrators, like Simon, Clary, Jace, Magnus or Luke.
No other novel has as many characters that I truly care about. In their very different ways they all have something special and it is a pleasure to watch them interact. I missed them so much that I am more than happy about this new book cycle around the Shadowhunters and their old and new friends.
Some characters are and behave different from the persons they were in the first THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS cycle. I miss their former energy, but totally accept that new incidents have an impact on the character cast and show new aspects of their personalities. I could start criticizing CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS for not featuring exactly the same characters in the same state, with the same attitude as in CITY OF GLASS, but it is exactly that changes in personality due to grave incidents that make CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS such a believable and different- but authentic and worthy sequel to CITY OF GLASS.
CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS also stands for a successful interplay between two different series. THE MORTAL INTSTRUMENTS series is visited or still inhabited by characters that we started caring about in THE INFERNAL DEVICES series, the prequel to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.
With the third and original final part of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS, CITY OF GLASS, the incest taboo that stood between Clary and Jace's relationship came to a natural solution. It was exactly this taboo that put a painful thrill on the three previous novels. But the solution doesn't stop Cassandra Clare from finding other ways to torture her characters and readers.
The end... just wow...like expected it tore at my heart! These sarcastic and romantic delights have violent and torturing ends! No wonder Clare is my favourite author, she knows how to turn your insides upside down! In some way it felt like the first book in a series and at the same time so familiar, needed and good!
CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS is not as good as the previous three novels in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series.Still I already miss my favourite characters again and I'm full of positive anticipation. The best about CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS? It's got two sequels in tow which leave me insanely longing. And these next three books in the TMI series deserve their add as second cycle, they promise to be epic!
5/5 ***** CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS felt so familiar and yet new and exciting. We love our good portion of sarcasm hot and our novels otherworldly with that special tingly-drugged up feeling that only a Cassandra Clare novel is able to summon.
The war of Shadowhunters against demons wandering on earth and lurching in the farthest corner of your heart continues. If you were enchanted by CITY OF BONES, trained to endure frustration and shock in CITY OF ASHES and learned to in the end trust in the humanity of a truly wicked author-genius- you should forget that when starting CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS.