Definitely has that middle-book-of-a-series feel to it. It wasn’t the best nor the worst, but if this would have been the first book I wouldn’t have read the others. At least Simon helped to keep me interested in the story and I look forward to seeing him in the next book. The plot is at a standstill, nothing new world-wise is really explored, Jace and Clary are still annoying, while Simon is as awesome as ever, the writing is still mediocre, and the cover is horrendous.
As far as the plot goes, nothing much happens in this book and I was rather disappointed by it, especially since the previous two books were so good. I think my expectations were too high.
The majority of the book is just setting things set up for the next two I would assume. The only good thing this book does is focus a lot on Simon and that is the only reason I kept reading. Simon’s mom finds out that something strange is going on with her son and Simon goes a little too long without blood, which causes some problems. Simon dating both Isabelle and Maia ends up biting him in the butt as well. I adored his story line! Anything with Simon is usually great, he is such an awesome character!
There are two mysteries surrounding this story. Some unknown people are apparently out to kill Simon, and Jace is acting strangely (again). Both of these storylines are entertaining, even Jace’s once you find out what is really going on with him.
The plot moved fairly slowly until the very end of the book when everything came together. Although I wasn’t bored with the book per se, I was hoping for something more. I’m not the one to need non-stop action either, I actually need very little to keep me engaged in a book as long as everything else is done well, and this one barely made the cut. Without Simon, I would have given up on this book from the beginning. It is definitely mostly focused on character relationships, but I believe the time for that was more during the first book.
At least the story wasn’t predictable! I had no idea how it was going to end and was shocked upon reaching it. It was a fairly fantastic ending and I am looking forward to the next book.
There honestly isn’t much of anything new in this book, except for a cult worshiping demons and the appearance of the Greater Demon Lilith. Some information was also given as to the importance of some rituals when Shadowhunters are born in order to protect them from demonic influences. So I guess we get a little more information about the world in which this series takes place, which is great. But why can’t we explore something even more new and amazing? Different kinds of downworlders or something…
After so many books in the series, I have less and less to say about the characters. I will say that a lot happens to Simon in this book and is a real game-changer for him. He has to overcome a lot in this book and this is why it was so interesting for me to read. Not only does he have to deal with his mother finding his stash of blood, but he also has to cope with going without blood for quite awhile. His inner vampire definitely emerges no matter how hard he tries to fight it! He also finally realizes what the Mark of Cain is capable of doing and he has to deal with the fallout of dating both Isabelle and Maia at the same time. Poor Simon! Without Simon I probably wouldn’t have read this book.
Jace was annoying throughout the entire book. Eventually, I understood why he was acting in that way, but even after he still acts weird. I really do not like him. He is so glum, depressing, and doesn’t think he deserves anything and it all gets annoying rather quickly. He won’t even talk to Clary about it and instead just ignores her the entire time.
The minimal interactions we get between Alec and Magnus were just (sarcastically) terrific! Alec is jealous of Magnus and his dating history, which also brings about a lot of different feelings. Especially the fact that Alec won’t be around forever, but Magnus will. 😦 They just spend what little time they are in the book fighting.
I still can’t stand Clary. She is incredibly stupid and decides to go into situations on her own despite not being fully trained as a Shadowhunter. Oh, she did call Isabelle and ask her to meet her at a certain church, but then she doesn’t wait for her to show up. She just goes wondering in all by herself and ends up having to confront a demon….sigh…when will she ever learn?
The writing honestly isn’t the greatest. It’s about the same as all the other books, though not as bad as City of Bones. I have seen much better writing. However, it isn’t bad enough to distract from the story.
I like the design and its pretty eye-catching. However, the background needs to go! I dislike the use of the characters as the cover photo. It’s terrible! Something else should have been used. Also, I’m not sure I even understood the title of this one. No idea why it is called The City of Fallen Angels. A strange title.