The last two weeks I have been busy with life stuff, but I did manage to read books 4 and 5 in The Mortal Instruments series. I finished the first three this past December, but put off reading book four because I was satisfied with how things ended, and was afraid of being left hanging until the fifth book was released. This was crucial for me at the time since I was (and am) suffering from A Song of Ice and Fire withdrawal.
The 4th book in The Mortal Instruments by author Cassandra Clare is “City of Fallen Angels.” The book picks up where the 3rd left off with Jace Lightwood and Clary Fray are finally an official couple. But before they can waltz into the sunset together, they must face another obstacle to their happiness. The synopsis according to Goodreads states:
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.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
What I loved about “City of Fallen Angels” is that even though Clare most likely decided to reopen this series after the movie rights to book 1 were bought, it felt well thought out. Part of why I waited to read it was because I was afraid it’d read like a desperate grab for cash. Clare kept the continuity of the story that came before, picked up open threads from the 3rd book, and allowed the characters to act according to who she had created them to be under these new circumstances. I had read reviews before where readers were angry at how this ended (another reason I waited), but I didn’t get why. Maybe because I waited until book 5 was already out so I wasn’t stuck with the awesome cliffhanger.
The 5th book in the series, “City of Lost Souls,” shows the rise of an old foe who has returned with a vengeance, and forms an unlikely partnership. The synopsis states:
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
“City of Lost Souls” was more action-packed than the 4th book, and saw the return of Sebastian. I really loved what she did with that character in the other books, and since the series was originally a trilogy I understood why Sebastian met the end he did. Now he’s back, and is pretty kick-ass. Even though I knew he was evil, some part of me hoped this was a redemption story. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m happy with the way things turned out, and can’t wait for the 6th book, “City of Heavenly Fire,” which unfortunately won’t be released until March 19, 2014. (Click here for information.)
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.