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City of Fallen Angels

(The Mortal Instruments #4)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  561,386 ratings  ·  26,090 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 425 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
full video review / discussion can be found here: https://youtu.be/DH542vupm0g


I enjoyed this, but it just didn't wow me. I also think it struggled finding it's footing after an epic book like city of glass, but I do realize that I should consider this last portion of the series to be it's own trilogy, since that's what Cassandra Clare originally had in mind. I'm glad that I decided to re-read this before continuing on with the series, because I remembered basically nothing from this book a
As human society evolves, so do its methods of torture

Let me start off this review with a small confession. I liked The Mortal Instruments. Yes, it was cheesy, it was derivative, and it was an embarrassment to good literature everywhere, but it gave me a couple of afternoons’ worth of guilty pleasure, and I was satisfied. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and the triumph of true love, and I was happy to leave Jace and Clary to enjoy the fruits of their labour in happily-ever-after land.

But th
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Le sigh. Or more like le fuck, am I right? Who the hell is this? Who is she? What happened to her? Alas, I've stopped caring, and my skin looks better already. ...more

The plot of City of Fallen Angels by pennenickel


Official review (posted April 14, 2011):

An Open Letter to Cassandra Clare:

Dear Ms Clare,

You're not Joss Whedon. You'll never be Joss Whedon and/or J.K. Rowling, so do yourself (and everyone else) a favor: stop trying.

Yours Truly,
Someone Who Deserves Their Money Back (A.K.A. Everyone Who Bought a Copy of City of Fallen Angels)

P.S. What were you thinking?

P.P.S. No seriously, what were you thinking when you decided to revive this series? Were
Steph Sinclair

Wow, there's four days of my life spent reading this book that I'll never get back. And it normally doesn't take me that long, but I had to self motivate myself with promises of chocolate ("If you just read one more page..."), just to get through it.

I usually don't give too many books only 1 star. In fact there is only one book I can think of that angered me this much and that was The Vampire Diaries: The Return. I only got 50 pages deep into it before I flung it across the room. So I am very pr
1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★

“Why is it, little Shadowhunter, that your angels are so cold and without mercy? Why do they break that which will not obey them?”

Okay, I’m going to start this review off by saying that I am reading this for the first time in 2018. I know this is almost a decade old. And I know so many of my friends hold this series close to their hearts and have a lot of nostalgia for it. But friends, this was a dam
The fourth book in the series, 'City of Fallen Angels' was a bit of a disappointment for me. That isn't to say it wasn't enjoyable though. I liked it, but it wasn't as great as the earlier books, in my opinion. It was lukewarm for me, at best.

While the third book seemed to leave off on a promising note, this book quickly rained on my parade. Just when I thought that they were making progress in their war against "evil", everything goes and gets messed up again. The guys, in particular, were grat
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Even though I wasn't as enamored with this 4th-installment of Cassie Clare's Mortal Instruments series as I was with the earlier books, I still really enjoyed it.

Please note, since City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in a series, there will be minor spoilers within this review. Assuming pretty much the entire world has read it, I will not be hiding them.

Following the events of City of Glass, our group has returned to New York City. Simon has now been a vampire for ab
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love the green UK edition of this book. I just love all the UK editions of these books!

I have enjoyed this book more than the first three. I like how we get to see more into Simon's vampire world and what he is now. He's like totally bad to the bone, but not in a dude way because he's still Simon the nerd we love. But, in a can't touch this kinda way. If you have read the book or read the book you will know what I mean.

I loved the new character, Kyle/Jordon. He's cool and I like him a lot. I
destiny ♡ howling libraries
#1 City of Bones ★★★★☆
#2 City of Ashes ★★★☆☆
#3 City of Glass ★★★★☆
#4 City of Fallen Angels ★★★★★
#5 City of Lost Souls ★★★★★
#6 City of Heavenly Fire

You know how, sometimes, you pick up a series that’s already popular, and everyone tells you, “Book ___ is the best!” and “Book ___ is the worst!”, and so you set up these weird sorts of expectations in your subconscious, and then you go into the one that everyone tells you is the “worst” and you’re like… “holy crap, this book is amazing”?

No? Just me
Cassandra Clare really should have let sleeping dogs lie.

“City of Fallen Angels” is yet another book in the Young Adult category that lacks the “element of surprise.” The fact that this book was even written despite formerly having established that ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series to be a trilogy is evidence enough that Clare was tempted by her successes within the urban fantasy genre, and decided to continue.

The fact that Clare continued the story is not my problem; it is the mann
Tharindu Dissanayake
"It's not against the Law for a vampire to feed on a human."

It's over! It's finally over!!! Saying this had been a painfully boring reading experience is a massive understatement. From first three MI books, then to the ID trilogy, followed by Red Scrolls of Magic and back here to the second half of MI, is not something that I ever wanted to put myself through again, with the exception of Red Scrolls.

Honestly, I had very little expectations after City of Fallen Angels and only two things kept
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Seriously Clare? Serious-freakin'-ly?

1.) Why does everyone have to fall in love? Or in most cases--get angry with each other, fight and then fall in love again.

2.) I'm so sick of sulking Jace. No--I'm so flippin' sick of Jace and Clary. All they do is mope, make-out, mope again and profess their love for each other. Talk about beating a dead horse. Plus it's boring.

3). Honestly, the ending didn't shock me. Sorry.

4.) Is it me, or did the editing suck?

5.) What's up with all the blood? I mean, like
Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
TOP 5 ANGSTY ISSUES IN City of Fallen Angels.


SHOW OF HANDS: How many of you took a ginormous break after reading City of Glass (TMI #3)? *Raises Hand* How many of you put off reading City of Fallen Angels (TMI #4) because you couldn’t remember all of the messed up shite our favorite Shadowhunters and their friends have been dealing with? *Raises Hand* Well, good news, Peeps! I've got The Top 5 Angsty Issues in City of Fallen Angels right here, listed from least to most angstalicious. Enjoy!

Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
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This one wasn't as good for me as the others. Jace and Clary had a ton of drama going on and where pretty much apart the whole book. Which I didn't like. They can't catch a break to save their lives. Simon was dating two girls at the same time and I didn't like that. Simon was sweet the last 3 books now in this book he does douchebag things like dating two girls. That is not like Simon! Alec and Magnus had a big fight over Magnus's past and the fact that he wi
Jun 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ahhh I did it again. This is Heather by Conan Gray (hate this as much as you want but don't ever insult Conan infront of me or...🔪🔪)


I still remember when Jace was Clary's brother, he still did kiss her
So don't expect something better from these two
Only if they knew how much everyone says eww
As soon as they say

Their lines
They might be a cause of our sore eyes
Better is Kaz taking out the bad man's eye
They'll be the cause of death of mine

Why would Jace ever love her?
She's not eve
Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
One down, two more Mortal Instruments to go.

*Shout out to the Loudoun County library for carrying the kindle version so I don't have to lug around these honking big hardcovers. You're the real hero here.

Ahmad Sharabiani
City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4), Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

The series was meant to end with City of Glass; it was announced in March 2010 that a fourth book would be added, with Cassandra Clare later saying that she views this as a "second trilogy" in the series.

The book was released on April 5, 2011. Simon receives an offer from a vampire named Camille Belcourt who claims to have been usurped b
It could have been worse.
John Egbert
Dear CC,
What is wrong with you?

I suppose it isn't really fair. After all, I did come into this book expecting to dislike it. I did have warnings that it was bad, and I did plan on heeding them. But, alas, I succumbed to the anxiety and curiosity that lurked in the back of my mind when I glanced at the pdf on my desktop.

And then it began.

Between the contrived Jace/Clary angst("OMG, joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" "No, but joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" and repeat
Feb 28, 2021 rated it did not like it
This reread is not going well. I mostly skimmed. How did I previously give this five stars? Was it out of nostalgia? Did I actually enjoy this shit?

Just like Fever should have ended at Shadowfever, the Mortal Instruments could and should have ended at City of Glass. Minus the bit about Jem becoming Jem again, which is the only reason I'm doing this in the first place. My sister likes to remind me that Jem isn't actually my type, but I don't need that sort of negativity in my life.

We're doing mon
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I watched Cassie Clare read this to some kids in France on youtube, the parts she read werent even connected to the plot, it was just about 2 pages worth of rising action, and i already have it marked down onnmy calander. This was the first book i ever read in third person and i didnt think i was going to like it. I read the first 3 pages of City of Bones and i was hooked. After that i couldnt wait for City of Ashes or Glass. After City of Glass i didnt think she would write any more because i t ...more
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Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
After reading The Infernal Devices, I didn't think the last half of The Mortal Instruments would live up to the expectations that the prequels set, and this book proved me right. At least just in this case. City of Fallen Angels is by far my least favorite book in this series.

This book was just filled with stupid relationship drama. Relationship drama between no other than Clary and Jace. No surprise there! Relationship drama between Simon, Isabelle, and Maia. Relationship drama betw
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".”

After Valentine was down in the previous book, Sebastian is ready to takeover his father's tasks. CoFA is completely cruel and cunning, but the way CC treated our beloved characters isn't what I like. She gave them their HEA and ripped it away in the first half of this book I wanted to sob for hours for every single thing between the chapters. I didn't like it at all. I wanted to thro
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Did Cassandra Clare mix up manuscripts and put the wrong characters in this book? I know it's far-fetched, but I'm trying to understand how else a bunch of funny, intriguing characters could turn into such whiny bores.

Jace is brooding and unfunny, Clary is pissy and unfunny, Simon is depressed and unfunny, Isabelle is....just sort of there (oh, and unfunny), Alec is...wait, Alec isn't there for most of it. But when he is, he's immature and unfunny. Even Magnus is unfunny. Magnus!

Let's try and
Emma Giordano
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
hi i've obviously read this book a million times but i'm just adding it to my "read" for this year ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cassandra-clare, ya
This book, seemed a little better than before. Yes. But, when it comes to rating these books, it just disturbs my rating system. Anyway, this is 4 coz despite all things I didn't like, got bored or something, it's one that adds up to something big so 3.5 FALLEN STARS!

(If you haven't read till book 3, don't even start reading this)

Writing Style: I think, this is a lot like book 1 in the sense that, there's too much info dumping, new characters and relationships and situat
Brigid ✩
GAAHHHHH! *Lets out a scream that lasts for about ten minutes*

Okay. Well. I'm not sure where to begin.

I guess I'm a bit torn on this one. Don't get me wrong. I loved it. It was epic. As good as the first three? No, but still great.

My main problem with it was, this was originally going to be a trilogy. And although a lot was left open-ended at the end of the third book, it still felt like a happy ending. The main villain was dead (and the other villain was probably dead), most of the romantic iss
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo

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  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
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  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
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“You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."
Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?"
"It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically."
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”
“You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met."
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”
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