City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
(Mortal Instruments, Book 4)

75%

33 Critic Reviews

Cassandra Clare continues to produce consistently original, imaginative stories that manage to fit cleanly into the genre without falling into its clichés and pitfalls.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.
 

About Cassandra Clare

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Cassandra Clare is the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices trilogies of young adult fantasy novels. Her first book, City of Bones, was a 2007 Locus Award finalist for Best First Novel. Her books have been translated into 32 languages. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two cats.
 
Published April 5, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 481 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for City of Fallen Angels
All: 33 | Positive: 25 | Negative: 8

Examiner

Good
on Oct 07 2011

Teenage relationships. They're Clare's bread and butter, and she's not one to shy away from controversy either.

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Examiner

Above average
on May 11 2011

Unfortunately, this book didn't hold up to the previous three books in the series...it just lacked that spark which made the other books so great.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Natalie C. Markey on Apr 12 2011

‘City of Fallen Angels’ is the perfect mix of every emotion and will leave you incapable of sitting back throughout the constant twists and turns and riveting suspense. In my opinion, this is the strongest book in Clare’s series so far.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Samantha Holloway on Apr 05 2011

Cassandra Clare continues to produce consistently original, imaginative stories that manage to fit cleanly into the genre without falling into its clichés and pitfalls.

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Love Vampires

Below average
on Aug 20 2013

In summing-up, City of Fallen Angels is for completists only… who will probably read it with fingers crossed that this series gets better next instalment.

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The Christian Manifesto

Good
on Aug 16 2012

I love the complexity of Sebastian, and if you’re anything like me, you’re happy to see him so often in this book. Instead of living in the past, this book looks forward towards future battle plans away from the Clave. I’m excited to see where the series will go from here.

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The Christian Manifesto

Above average
Reviewed by Mary Twomey on May 04 2011

The recapping and progression of the new story was expertly done, leaving no one behind while not boring the avid fans.

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The Daily Fig

Excellent
Reviewed by Kay Fraser on Apr 14 2011

Yes, readers, your jaw will drop, in the hopes of gasping for air. The last two pages will change your life, believe me.

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The Trades

Above average
Reviewed by R.J. Carter on May 12 2011

City of Fallen Angels takes a little longer to get going, given the exciting climax experienced in City of Glass. However, once it does pick up steam, it never relents, and the cliffhanger we're left dangling from at the end will have fans clamoring for a calendar date for when we can get back into the action...

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Reviewed by Sandy on May 05 2012

Cassandra Clare’s YA writing styles are similar to most YA authors. The teen angst between the major characters, as well as the negligent parental guidance, is always a factor in writing these storylines. I like The Mortal Instrument series, but as many of you know, I am not a big fan of the ‘whoa is me’ –young adult stylings.

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Wondrous Reads

Above average
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Apr 18 2011

I ended up really loving City of Fallen Angels, though I'm quite happy to admit that if City of Glass had turned out to be the final end to this story, I wouldn't have minded. For me it wasn't a continuation that was absolutely necessary, but it's one that I'm now glad has happened.

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Chick Loves Lit

Good
Reviewed by Steve on Jun 28 2011

If you read any of the rest of this series you won’t be able to put this book down, even as it tears as your heart throughout and makes you wish SOMETHING, ANYTHING good would happen to these poor characters.

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Candace's Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Candace on Jan 11 2012

I thought the plot was pretty awesome and I wasn't really able to figure things out. I remember thinking that some things were a little crazy or maybe a bit unnecessary, but they didn't stick with me so I guess it wasn't a real issue.

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I'm Loving Books

Above average
on May 10 2011

Overall though, I did like the book. I didn’t hate it or despise it. It just wasn’t up to the standards I’ve come to know these books for. I will continue to read the series and see where all this goes.

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SamDowning.com

Above average
on Jun 05 2011

The bigger, unseen problem, though, is the book’s troubling subtext: three male characters...physically hurt women, often greivously, and are forgiven because, basically, they weren’t themselves or weren’t in control of their actions at the time, and thus aren’t actually bad guys. This is… worrying...

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Novel Novice

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara on Apr 07 2011

Once again, I am amazed and impressed with Clare’s world-building skills. What she has accomplished with both The Mortal Instruments series, and the accompanying prequels in The Infernal Devices series, is nothing short of amazing.

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Girls in the Stacks

Good
Reviewed by Nancy on Apr 18 2011

...that’s what we got, folks – a book with lots of action, humor, horror sprinkled with some DS* scenes. Yay!

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A Glass of Wine

Good
Reviewed by Kathy on Apr 11 2011

There is a tradition that these books end on insane cliff hangers and that they make the wait for the next one unbearable and this novel is no exception. The ending wrecked me, shocked me, and left me anxious about what is in store for us in the next two books

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The Sweet Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Mary De Bastos on Jul 08 2011

I thought there was so much going on here, too many different stories. I wasn't glued to this as I was the other books in the series.

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Parental Book Reviews

Good
on Aug 23 2013

It ends in a SERIOUS cliffhanger, and your jaw will hit the floor, and you might just want to find Cassie and force her to tell you what's going to happen, and that Jace isn't going to lose it completely. You have been warned!

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Miss Page-Turner

Excellent
on Dec 09 2011

The end... just wow...like expected it tore at my heart! These sarcastic and romantic delights have violent and torturing ends! No wonder Clare is my favourite author, she knows how to turn your insides upside down!

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Ron Reads

Below average
Reviewed by Ronald on Jun 10 2011

In the end, it’s hard to think of “City of Fallen Angels” reaching anybody else other than already established fans of the series. While certainly a better effort than “Clockwork Angel”, one can’t help but feel that “City of Fallen Angels” could have still been a lot better.

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Confessions of a Bookaholic

Good
Reviewed by Jessica on Apr 23 2011

City of Fallen Angels is a perfect addition to The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare paints a picture of a paranormal world that seems so real we could touch it...

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The Reading Fever

Good
on Apr 07 2011

She remains a genius at plot and seems to understand human nature really well. That shows especially well in her characterization of Isabelle--who was her same amazing self, by the way, and who we get to have a deeper look of. Also very notable: the make-out scenes are smokin' hot!

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I'd Rather Be Reading

Good
on May 02 2011

The minor characters continue to steal their scenes. Isabelle rocks, and she's given a bit more depth. Alec and Magnus are hilarious sidenotes throughout most of the beginning, but quickly become integral to the plot when they return to NYC.

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Refracted Light

Excellent
Reviewed by Dani on Jun 28 2013

Overall this book met and exceeded my expectations and was a fantastic addition to The Mortal Instruments series.

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Hooked to Books

Good
Reviewed by Michelle on Jun 06 2011

Clare is amazing at cliff hangers and she doesn't disappoint with City of Fallen Angels. I know a lot of people were pissed about the ending but I loved it.

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Novel Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jeffrey West on Apr 08 2011

City of Fallen Angels is a welcome continuation to the original three and I can’t WAIT for City of Lost Souls (like most of you). All I have left to say is: Curse you and your cliffhanger endings, Cassandra Clare!!! I still love you though.

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The Write Path

Good
Reviewed by Dorine White on Jul 14 2011

A really good sequel in the series. The characters feel more human than in previous books and we get to delve into their emotional sides.

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Scattered pages

Good
on Apr 30 2011

This book lets us see a lot more of Simon. We spend quite a bit of time living in his perspective and I love it. He’s not a slightly goofy tagalong any more, he’s real with a lot of issues to work through and he’s finally defining himself outside of Clary.

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Writing From the Tub

Good
Reviewed by CarlyB on Apr 27 2011

By far my favourite part of City of Fallen Angels in the ending - and I mean that in the best possible way. The ending is AWESOME. A huge cliff hanger - so frustrating! Ahhhh! Brilliant stuff.

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Ruby's Reads

Good
Reviewed by Ruby on Apr 23 2011

Simon, Kyle, Maia and Isabelle made this book worthwhile for me. I’m looking forward to seeing the next two books, but not for them alone. Clare is a great writer, and she often makes me laugh. Her dialog is witty and fun, but self-consciously so.

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Reviewed by ELizzieBooks on Apr 27 2013

The not so good? Obviously – Clary and Jace. I am so over their tortured relationship. I know it’s not totally their fault, but wow. Take a break. I’ve never agreed with Jocelyn more than I did in this book.

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