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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 (531 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I adore this book series, I have been hooked from the very beginning. It is a fantasy/sifi type book with the main characters being Shadowhunters(part angel), and they hunt down demons. There are also Warlocks, Vampires, Faeries and Werewolves, good guys, bad guys, other worlds, magic weapons and much much more! Its kind of based around a love story between the two main characters, theres no other way to say that without making it sound cheesy but I promise it isn't! In other similar themes I often hear people moan about the girl character, that she is so annoying, and I agree in things such as True Blood. But she isn't annoying in this series she is awesome! Such a treat!
Also it is going to be made into a TV series so get reading people! Its gonna be amazing!
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after the grand finale in Idris the Shadowhunters are back in NY. first part of the book was not that exciting and I must admit that the ' i love you so but we can't be together' part between Jace and Clary gets a bit annoying, Simon who has become a vampire more and more starts to become an interesting and important character. Second half of the book was great again, with a revival of an unexpected character returning in the series.
Great cliffhanger for the next in series
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NO WAY! Cassandra Claire can't leave me like this, it's not right!

I have so many emotions in me that I can't breathe. Have and Clary are now together, something is wrong with Jace and he needs the silent brothers help. Cleary's mother is taking phone call' s from a nurse and there are babies that are dying and on top of that Simon has the attention of someone and with the mark of Cain on his head he finds out what it really can do.
And also, his roommate is a werewolf.

I loved the banter in this book and the way Jace has to protect Simon. It's such a great book.

The ending? The ending is left on a clifhanger. And what a clifhanger it is. OMG can this series get any better :-)
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All the mortal instruments books are nothing short of perfect! Amazing writing by the author and the storyline is so gripping once I start reading I struggle to stop. What starts as one chapter before I go to sleep usually ends with it being 4 hours later and a very sleepy next day!
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This book was just as good as the others and I am thoroughly enjoying the story BUT I do feel that the author dragged this one out a bit and also repeated a few too many scenarios.

Next book is number 5 and although I want to read it, I also feel there is a little sadness within me. I like the characters very much but I'm hoping the next book focuses on much more than just a handful of people. I need to be drawn in like the others books managed to do.

Book 6 is released in 2014 and I thought I would buy it immediately BUT now it all depends upon this next stage of the story. Cassandra has to pull something special out of the bag this time to make me want to purchase another book. Maybe author's lose their way when they are reaching the end of a series or maybe every book just cannot be brilliant every time.

KARRIE.
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