Reviews for City of Fallen Angels
Booklist Reviews 2011 July #1
Originally a trilogy, the Mortal Instruments series now continues, with two more installments planned. Here, many familiar characters make an appearance, including some from Clockwork Angel (2010), and Clary and Jace's relationship is even more fraught with drama: Jace is plagued with horrifying nightmares of killing Clary as the pair investigates the source of demon babies. Simon, a rare Daylighter vampire, struggles to figure out who is trying to kill him. Camille, an ancient vampire, tempts Simon, while an ancient source of evil manipulates them all to an unthinkable end. The cliff-hanger close will leave series fans clamoring for more. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Now that Valentine is dead, Shadowhunter Clary and company face a new threat: a demonic cult that's killing human infants. Meanwhile, Jace has violent dreams about hurting Clary, and Simon is having trouble adapting to life as a vampire. The reliance on grandiloquent literary devices and overblown romantic anguish distracts from (and inflates) this otherwise absorbing urban fantasy.
Library Journal BookSmack
Legions of fans of Clare's "Immortal Instruments" series are making this, the fourth in the series, one of the best-selling books of the spring. As the book opens, Jace and Clary are in love, but his troubled past is catching up with them. Jace is a Shadowhunter, a warrior dedicated to keeping the peace among the Downworlders, that is, the various supernaturals in their midst. Clary is a Shadowhunter in training, still overwhelmed by the connection she and Jace share. Keeping it interesting are their many Shadowhunter and Downworlder companions, including Clary's best friend, Simon, a newly turned vampire who is two-timing a werewolf (not a good plan). Add an ancient demon, murdered Shadowhunters, and an unstoppable curse to the mix, and you have an exciting page-turner from an urban fantasy master. Do not worry-the ending leaves no doubt that there is another story in the works. - "35 Going on 13" Booksmack! 6/16/11 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2011 August
Jace is having nightmares. Every time he falls asleep, he kills Clary, and there is nothing he can do to stop himself. His first impulse is to avoid Clary at all cost; to do that he becomes Simon's shadow. Someone is trying to kill Simon, and so far the Mark of Cain has protected him, but who--or what--is behind the effort? Simon has another "bodyguard" in his new roommate, Kyle. Kyle appeared seemingly out of nowhere, but his presence at Simon's side is definitely not an accident. Between Kyle and Jace, Simon is covered from attack by unknown enemies, but it is the two girls he is dating that he might actually need protection from Librarians and readers should feel confident when selecting this title. This fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series picks up soon after the big battle that ends City of Glass. All characters are given attention, but this really could be considered Simon's story. His unique existence provides both motivation for the scheming and acts as a catalyst for much of the action, including this installment's fight between good and evil. On the downside, there is not much progression to the overarching, main story line, and there is little foundation provided to explain key ideas in the book. Still, this is a fun read with plenty of action and tender emoting, plus a doozy, cliff-hanger of an ending.--Stacey Hayman 4Q 5P J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.