June 16, 2011

REVIEW: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandar Clare

The series is about Nephilims, descendants of fallen angels who procreated with humans creating a race superior to us. Their powers are divine in origin but since they're part human, they're susceptible to certain temptations and errors in judgment. The Shadowhunters, help keep the Supernatural world in line, hunting demons, policing Vampires, Weres, Witches and Warlocks, and other preternatural beings from being exposed to the human race.

The story unfolds with Clary Fray and how she discovered the hidden-world of Shadowhunters and Supes living amongst us in the heart of The Big Apple. Then her mom was abducted by demons and how she herself was being hunted down by these vile creatures. This made the Shadowhunters curious and why can she see them when they've been living in obscurity and glamour for so long, they're only visible to members of their world. "Who is Clary Fray?" is the question that burns their minds.

Thrown in the thick of things without warning, Clary needs to save her mother, battle her father, channel her powers for the good, save the world from damnation, saving her friendship with her bestfriend turned vamp Simon Lewis and figuring out her feelings for her long lost brother, the magnetic and infuriating Jace Wayland.

So I've read the entire series so far and I liked the dialogue and the plot is promising. I was just creeped out by the forbidden love angle but I'm glad that Cassandra Clare straightened that out. Inbreeding and incest is no longer cool, so Medieval! I thought that this will just be a trilogy and frankly I hope that she kept it that way.

City of Fallen Angels is more Simon-centric, it tells the story of his transition from human to vampire and from a night crawler to a day walker. Everyone wants a piece of Simon, even the ladies too! It's his story more or less but we still get to read about Clary and Jace, their love story and the Downworlder/Shadowhunter scene post the events in City of Glass.

Since the big bang showdown already happened in the third book, the 4th volume is a little bit of a let down. I might be getting ahead of myself here as she is set to release two more books, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire told in varying POV's from the characters in the series. So we'll get a glimpse of what thoughts are running in Clary's mind, sometimes Jace, Simon and even Alec.

I hope she's plotting something even more stupendous than the Angel summoning business. I wasn't really kept in constant excitement with City of Fallen Angels, on the other hand, maybe we're being taken on a monster roller-coaster ride. After a steep fall, she's just letting the excitement die down a bit only to be hurled in a loop-the-loop.


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