Published April 5th, 2011
Clary is finally in training to be a Shadowhunter, with her gorgeous boyfriend Jace (who is most definitely NOT her brother!) at her side. Poor Simon is still adjusting to life as a vampire, while juggling two girlfriends – which came about as an accident, really, but he still feels bad about it.
When Jace starts acting weird, and continually pulls away from Clary, she doesn’t know what’s going on. Has he stopped loving her? But the truth is much worse, and something none of them saw coming.
Originally, there were just three novels, so City of Glass had a good ending, wrapping things up. So I was wondering what would happen in the second trilogy. As I read this, I realised that there were actually lots of things that were left open at the end of Glass, like Simon’s Mark of Cain, and the whole thing with the Seelie Queen, and the fact that Simon and Isabelle still weren’t really together (but I think they should be!). So in that respect, this was an interesting read. But I feel that the way these three books go is going to be the same as the first three: Bones was alright, Ashes was better, but Glass was definitely the best. We kind of had to start over, but with less world building.
Some of the relationships were at the point where they have a big complication and that can be tedious to read about, especially when there’s more than one couple going through it.
There’s a new enemy, but who that enemy is remains a mystery until the end of the book, and when all is revealed, it makes sense.
I didn’t love City of Fallen Angels. But it was alright. After reading it, I realised that there really did need to be more after City of Glass. Once I was forced to think about the ending again, I could see that the things that happened would definitely have consequences. You can’t just play around with power like that and have everything work out hunky dory. In this book, the characters have to deal with the repercussions of their actions.
Like I said, I think that the next books will be better.
Goodreads Rating: 4.16/5
My Rating: 3.5/5