So I don't believe there is a single word outside of it's good, it's bad or I've read it that won't cause spoilerage for those of you who haven't read City of Fallen Angels yet. So if that's you, I suggest reading no further.
After savouring it for four whole days (honestly I don't remember the last time I took that long with a book I loved), I finally finished City of Fallen Angels today. It was, and wasn't, what I was expecting, but it was a great Cassandra Clare/Shadowhunter story, so despite some of the things I wasn't totally crazy about, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I won't bother with the blurb. We all know what happens now. (except for any of you silly enough to keep reading this post before reading the book. Last chance before I blow some of the surprise. Get out while you can!). I have to say, the biggest surprise to me was what a mixed bag of character perspectives, the story was . Since it was originally a Simon-centric story I thought it would follow him more heavily then it actually did. Although he has a very big part of the story line, I almost wish you didn't get Clary's perspective in this book, if for no other reason then to mix it up a bit.
That being said I really enjoyed how she delved right into his complicated existence as a Daylighter, not to mention the carrier of the Mark of Cain. And of course his girlfriend issues are pretty amusing too. Simon is one of those slightly overlooked characters from the first three books, so I'm glad we finally get to see a bit more of him.
At the risk of encuring the wrath of the Jace/Clary die hards (come on, you know who you are..dirty sexy alley scene. That's all I'm saying), I was a bit disappointed to see Clary and Jace continue their star crossed lovers story. Which is not to say I thought they would live happily ever after, just that I thought the drama might not be centred around them and their relationship. Their back and forth- we love each other endlessly but are constantly being held apart by circumstance in a Romeo and Juliet way, is just the ittiest, bittiest tired. I mean it did go on for three previous books. And tortured Jace is straight out of City of Ashes and City of Glass, why don't we torture someone else?
Of course I did love the symmetry of the whole life for a life story, so I'm not sure she could really do it differently and keep that, but it might have been nice if it came out more from left field, instead of the tortured build up. I shouldn't even have to tell you how much I love Sebastian coming back, or the deadly awesome cliff hanger ending.
I was relieved to see Cassandra kept her quippy dialogue, and style, I fell in love with to begin with. I repeatedly laughed out loud, even late at night while in bed reading.
"You and your name-dropping," he said "'I knew Michael.' 'I knew Sammael.' 'The Angel Gabriel did my hair.' It's like I'm with the Band with biblical figures."
"No?" She looked at him incredulously. "Give me one good reason why I shouldn't chop him into worthless-bastard-themed confetti."And the best Acknowledgement I've read to date- And lastly, my thanks to Linus and Lucy, my cats, who only threw up on my manuscript once. Oh Cassie, you made me laugh right up until the very last sentence! (seriously though, cats throw up on everything! Especially if it's important)
City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry, April 2011
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