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The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels Paperback – 7 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406328677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406328677
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries.

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"Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from The Mortal instruments series." (Cassandra Clare on City of Fallen Angels." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Love, blood, betrayal and revenge – the stakes are higher than ever in the fourth book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments sequence.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 30 April 2011
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It's 6 weeks after CITY OF GLASS and Clary's training to be a Shadowhunter, she and Jace are finally going out and her mother is getting married to Luke. But then Jace begins pulling away from her and actively avoiding her. Confused and hurt she turns to her best friend Simon, but he has problems of his own. Camille, the true leader of the New York vampires has returned and wants to use Simon's mark of Cain to help her gain control back from Raphael, he's double-dating Isabelle and Maia and random people are trying to kill him.

Soon Clary, Jace and Simon discover that Clary's actions in CITY OF GLASS have set in motion a horrific chain of events that threaten everything and everyone she loves.

Cassandra Clare's follow-up to the successful MORTAL INSTRUMENTS TRILOGY ties together unresolved plot strands from CITY OF GLASS with elements from THE CLOCKWORK ANGEL (the first her Victorian era prequel trilogy). It's an ambitious book with a large cast and a lot to pack in, but the story (for the most part) cracks on at a fast pace and I liked the way Clare interwove elements from the other books (which you need to read to get the most out of this) but there were some clunky moments of exposition, which deadened the pace.

My problem with the series has always been Jace, who I found too arrogant to care about. Here he's more vulnerable as he's forced to confront his feelings for Clary and his fear of losing her, although the device used to convey this is hackneyed and I never believed in his refusal to explain to her what's happening (or her refusal to press him on it, instead assuming the worst).
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I'll try not to give away any big spoilers here, but given that this is the fourth book in the series it would be impossible to describe it without mentioning previous events!

I was a little surprised by how much I loved the original trilogy. I avoided it like the plague for a long time simply because there was a testimonial from Stephenie Meyer on the front cover- given that she wrote Twilight, my least favourite books in the entire world, I doubted that we would agree on what made a good YA series. But after seeing the film, my interest was piqued and I gave in- and thank god, because I fell in love with the Shadowhunters! Three books in, and a lot has happened to Clary, Jace and the rest. The question is, where do we go from there? Beginning a new story arc in a series is a tricky business- often, events take a turn for the ridiculous, pre-existing concepts or events are hastily retconned to make way for new ones and character development goes out of the window. Not so in City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series.

At the beginning of the book, everything seems rosy. Clary and Jace have finally gotten together, Simon is exploring his inner Casanova and Jocelyn and Luke are planning their wedding. Needless to say, though, the harmony doesn't last long. Jace begins to avoid Clary, and Simon finds himself extremely in demand, but not from his girlfriends...

I was thrilled to see Simon take a more prominent role in this book. I've always thought him an interesting character who was a little wasted simply mooning after Clary, so it was good to see him dating other people. It doesn't take long before girls are the last thing on his mind, though...
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By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book however not as much as I enjoyed the action filled third installment; City of Glass, however this was still a brilliant read and I am still officially hooked on this series having already started the fifth book; City of Lost Souls.

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The book follows the aftermath of City of Glass where as I had guessed during book 1, Clary and Jace have finally discovered they are not actually brother and sister - yeay! This leaves them free to actually have a proper girlfriend and boyfriend relationship without feeling that there is something wrong with them for having feelings for each other, however Jace has been acting strange and quite distant with Clary for some unknown reason. It transpires that he has been having nightmares whereby he actually hurts/kills Clary and therefore has been trying to keep his distance until the reason behind this is discovered but he fails to divulge this to Clary and so she worries that he doesn't feel the same way about her. Simon has a much bigger role in this book than in the previous three books with his allegiance being sought out by two different vampires and some strange people in grey hooded tracksuits trying to kill him only for them to discover too late that his new 'Mark of Cain' protects him from anyone seeking to hurt him. He is also in a bit of a predicament as he is dating two very strong women; Isabelle and Maia but neither of them know about the other. Alec and Magnus' relationship is 'out' and the two are openly dating but the death of Max appears to have split up Alec and Isabelle's mum and dad.
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