14 February 2014
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
I've reviewed City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass before, so for more detailed reviews, feel free to read those posts. Back in August, I realized that City of Glass was not the final book of this series, so I, of course, re-read the first three before picking up book 4:
City of Fallen Angels does a decent job of starting a new story arc while remaining true to the original; while the Clave may have resolved their Downworlder-Shadowhunter drama, someone is determined to keep the feud flowing. Simon takes a leading role in this installment, and he gets a voice as narration flows back and forth from Clary to him, with a bit of Magnus thrown in - and who doesn't like Magnus?
The part that keeps me twitching in annoyance, however, was the continued problems plaguing Jace and Clary. Just let them be together already. They had their 'big obstacle' in what I am referring to as the "original" trilogy. So, you know, just stop throwing more - not-quite-believable - obstacles in their path. Moving on. What I really liked about this installment was the relationship between Simon and Jace; their love-hate, snarky bromance is so much fun to me.
So this leads me to:
But seriously, my interest waned a bit with City of Fallen Angels and City of Lost Souls had me waning, if you will, a bit more. Part of the problem may be how much I seriously crushed on the "original" trilogy. While this "second" trilogy stays true to the world, the central conflict just is not as awe-inspiring as the original.
And still, I have yet to read book 6 City of Heavenly Fire. And I will. But while I devoured the first three as quickly as I could get my hands on them, I am content to wait with this one until such a time as the mood strikes me.