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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: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (506 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,709 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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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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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2012
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I think we were all under the impression that book three was the last we'd be seeing of Clary and her friends, but Clare has more in store for us and frankly I couldn't be happier because I felt like there were so many unanswered questions at the end of book three. City Of Fallen Angels picks up straight after COG and steamrolls us straight back into the Shadowhunter world. Clary is undertaking Shadowhunter training with her boyfriend Jace and his family whilst her family is starting to get bigger as Luke and Jocelyn plan their wedding.

COFA is a complex story compared to the previous three. There is so much going on with lots of little subplots and individual character stories. I particularly enjoyed Simon's story this time; he became much more integral and I was really invested in what he was doing. I desperately hated some of his decisions but I love a book that makes me feel those kind of emotions.

I think with book four Clare has actually upped her game. Because there is so much going on this time, we are actually introduced to a whole new set of characters each with their own role tying in nicely. This big cast did cause me a bit of trouble to begin with, it was tricky to keep up with all the names when we already have a pretty complex set of minor characters to remember. These additional characters were interesting though and I enjoyed having a bit more insight into the different creature communities.

So, although I enjoyed this book perhaps more than the previous three, I did find that Clare just unloaded tons of new information at us. Sometimes, because there was so much to tell us, it seemed like she would write full paragraphs of new information and just throw them in whenever she had the opportunity.
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I read this book straight after City of Glass (my favourite in the series so far) and was actually excited to see what would happen next. I was disappointed. It felt as if the author had given us nearly everything you could possibly want with City of Glass and this book was a filler in a way. The first half of the book seems to be focused on Simon, Isabelle and Maia and their dating triangle. I kept waiting for something to happen but it was very slow up until the last 40% of the book. If, like myself, you were happy with the outcome of Clary's and Jace's relationship in the previous book you will find this book at times very frustrating. That being said, near the end of the book Cassandra Clare is back to some of her best writing as new and old characters are introduced with twist and turns known well to all Mortal Instruments fans. All in all, you will have to read through the slow paced nature of the start of the book to get to the gem at the end.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book follows on from the last mortal instruments and ends with you wanting to read on.

The love between clary and Jace is stronger than ever and continues to grow stronger ever minute. With the battle over and everyone home things are good but there are cracks in the perfect world. clary can tell that there is something wrong with Jace and they see less of each other and it has an effect on them both. Isabelle and the rest of her family are finding it hard to live without max. Simon revels that he is a vampire to his mum what leads to him moving out where he meets Jordan who is his new flat mate who has a connection to Maia who Simon is dating as well as dating Isabelle.
The story has twists and turns as Jace and clary try to find out what is wrong with Jace and how they can fix it so he can be with her again what leads to Simon, clary and Jace getting hurt and the return of someone who was thought to be dead.
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