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, 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. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.
((Note: I originally wrote this review February 15, 2014. )
This book was just ok. Not as compelling as the previous books in the series. This forth book of The Mortal Instruments is supposed to be read after the prequel series’ Clockwork Angel and before Clockwork Prince. Which means the reader is not supposed to know who Brother Zachariah really is.
I feel though that either Clare should have kept The Mortal Instruments a trilogy or that the second half should be read after all threeInfernal Devices books. That way Tessa could have been included in City of Fallen Angels too. Her gift would have been very useful, and these kids would not have screwed up the way they did.