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.
The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.
Simon being front and center in this book is wonderful.It adds such depth to his character and you get to see him a lot throw his own eyes.Usually you just see him throw Clary’s.I have always wanted to see more of Simon trying to adjust to being a vampire and learning to live with the Mark of Cain.In this book you see that and I feel for him in his struggle and just want to give him a big hug.
Clary and Jace are finally together and it’s wonderful to see them all couple-ly.Simon is having a huge dating problem which I find both funny and sad.Luke and Jocelyn are planning there wedding.Plus Shadowhunters are showing up dead in different downworlder territories.Who is killing them and why?Plus Jace is acting a little weird and someone is trying to kill or kidnap Simon.Also a new member has joined Simon’s band named Kyle.Who is he and why does he want to join Simon’s band?Lots of new questions and surprises will keep you reading.
I loved that some of the characters from the Infernal Devices showed up.Cassandra Clare is wonderful at connecting her series together without it feeling forced or giving away what happens in the other books.
Now for why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 stars.This is my least favorite book in the series and of her’s period.It just doesn’t have the feel or wit of the first three and even book 5.This book has a very depressing and sad feel to it.I know it’s after the war and everyone is dealing with the revelations of the last book but I love Cassandra Clare’s humor and it is seemed very lacking in this book.All the characters seem to be unhappy or fighting with each other or both.It’s not that I didn’t really like it but it’s just not up to the standards of her other books.
Rating:4 out of 5
Nicole D. The Reading Rebel