City of Fallen Angels – A Spoiler Free Review

ImageQuote photo by Happiness and the Absurd on Tumblr.

Book: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Age Group: Teen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance, Supernatural

Rating: 3.5/5

First off I’d like to say that I found this book very disappointing. I ended my review on the City of Glass skeptical of the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, as I felt that Clare had resolved everything that needed to be resolved. After finishing City of Fallen Angels, I still feel the same way, that the story should have stopped after City of Glass. It had a dynamic ending and was just enough for readers. Instead, the series has continued with City of Fallen Angels. I’m unsure whether this was the author’s original idea, the publishers pushing her for more of this popular series, or a strong enough fan base behind it pushing it for more. (I especially feel it could be one of those last two.) City of Fallen Angels felt like a fan fiction to me. Don’t get me wrong, the strong writing is there supported by the author’s immense knowledge of classic literature, myths, and stories; but the plot, relationships, and the things that happen all feel too “dreamy” for me. It broke out from its impressive original mold.

With most of the problems I had with the book out of the way I can fan girl for a moment and announce that in this installment they address many of the characters from Clare’s second series, the Infernal Devices, of which I’m a much bigger fan. This book ties the two series together nicely. Clare is once again addressing classic literature, myths, and stories, as mentioned above, and bringing them together in an intriguing way. One of the quotes I found myself posting on Tumblr while reading the book was this (small changes to the quote to cut out spoilers and “…”s were used):

Jace: Remember when I told you that I didn’t know if there was a God or not, but either way, we were completely on our own? I still don’t know the answer; I only knew that there was such a thing as faith, and that I didn’t deserve to have it. … You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’?

Clary: I still don’t speak Italian.

Jace: It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso — Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars’. Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous … .”

This intricately shows how well read Clare is and how tied together her ideas of classical literature and her characters are. She also has her own well known quotes, such as the quote-image at the top of this review. Lines like this that stick with us to future novels and into our own lives.

I’m enjoying how Clare is going more in-depth into each of the character’s pasts, especially Maia’s and Magnus’s, so if you’re a fan of either of them you’ll love this read for sure!

Some of the events leading up to and at the end of the novel are still a little far-fetched to me and I’m having a hard time believing them. But they are there none-the-less and yes, I have indeed started the fifth book already.

As always, I only have one set of opinions. Check out other reviews if you’re thinking about purchasing the book yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

~ Yoku

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