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This review is from: City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) (Hardcover)
...Okay, so that's an exaggeration. Stuff happens. But none of it's exciting. One gets the feeling that Cassandra Clare simply wanted to cash in on her franchise, and this half-baked story is the result.
So, the rough plot of this story is: Someone is killing Shadowhunters who used to be in the Circle, and attempting to pin the blame on Downworlders. But why? And who?
If the above tagline makes you think you're in for a rollicking good ride, filled with action and mayhem and murder - well, boy, you're in for a disappointment. Various Shadowhunters are being offed, but most if not all of the killing occurs offstage; we only learn about them after the fact. I'm hard-pressed to think of any decent action scenes in this book. The thing is, I'm not even an action story junkie. It's not like I need constant mayhem and destruction to keep me interested. But this book is devoid of almost any action whatsoever.
A large portion of the novel is actually dedicated to Clary and Jace angsting over their feelings for one another, with various spins on "I'M NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER!" and "WHY IS HE PUSHING ME AWAY? DOES HE HATE ME?" It gets tiring by the third chapter. I know they're just teenagers, but reading about this sort of wangst, when buttressed by almost nothing else, does not make for an interesting story.
Slightly more interesting is Simon's journey, as he slowly learns to figure out what it means to have the Mark of Cain on his forehead. But when I say slightly, I mean very slightly. (SPOILER WARNING) For those of you wondering how the Mark of Cain affects him - turns out that anybody who tries to kill Simon ends up exploding into a pillar of salt. I know that a lot of readers have poked fun at this bit in particular, but I actually found that one of the less objectionable things about this book. I've always liked Biblical stuff being incorporated into contemporary lit like this, and it was unique. Still, it's hardly a saving grace.
There's a semi-twist at the end of the book. I say "semi" because I'm not sure if Clare meant for this revelation to surprise us. But you can see it coming from a mile away, if you paid the least bit of attention to City of Glass.
And, once again, entirely too much ink is given to describing Jace's physical appearance. We GET it, Clare. He looks like an angel. You don't have to keep repeating yourself.
Don't waste your time on this story. If you must, go back and read the original trilogy. At least that had some semblance of a plot.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2011 6:00:04 PM PDT
J. Luke says:
Good review, thank you for sharing.
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