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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cassandra Clare Narrator: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Mortal Instruments Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781442334670
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City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. Although the author wrapped things up pretty neatly in book three, she now continues the story but with a different plotline; she plans for books four, five and six to form a separate trilogy even though they contain the same characters. Clary and Jace are still at the forefront of the book but Clary's friend Simon becomes a lot more important in this installment of the series.

Simon was just an ordinary boy and Clary's best friend, but since Clary discovered that she was a Shadowhunter and got involved in the supernatural world, Simon also had a number of adventures, the first of which was his being turned into a vampire. After becoming a vampire, he nearly died but was brought back to life by Jace's blood which made him a Daylighter—a vampire who can stand sunlight without bursting into flames. In addition, Clary drew the Mark of Cain on his forehead and now, anyone who tries to attack him will feel the effects sevenfold.

Simon is basically invincible and becomes a hot commodity, with vampires trying to recruit him over to their side. Lilith, the first of all the demons, also tries to get Simon to bring Sebastian back to life. Sebastian is the result of one of Valentine's experiments—a Shadowhunter baby whose mother was fed demon blood. Lilith also manages to get Jace under her control because Jace died and was brought back to life in the previous book which stripped away some of the protection that Shadowhunters are given in a ritual performed in childhood. While he's waiting to have this ritual performed again, Jace comes under Lilith's control and threatens to kill Clary if Simon doesn't do what Lilith says.

Through some quick thinking on Clary's part, Lilith's mark on Jace is temporarily obliterated. At the same time, Simon acts heroically by throwing himself in the path of Lilith's attack; he ends up destroying her, at least for the present. However, demons cannot be completely destroyed, only sent back to the place they came from. So it's possible that in future books, Lilith will return and, in the meantime, Jace continues to walk a fine line between good and evil.

One would have thought that Clare's extensive trilogy which came before this fourth book would have exhausted the possibilities of the world she created and the conflict possible between the characters. However, she has abundantly proved that this is not true. By developing new characters and creating new conflicts, she keeps the action going. If anything, the story has become more vibrant than ever before, as the new villain, Lilith, takes over from the old one, Valentine.

Cassandra Clare's real name is Judith Rumelt and she was born in Iran to American parents. Her family traveled a lot when she was young, so she lived in France, England and Switzerland before the age of ten. Since they were never in one place for too long, young Judith turned to books and always carried one under her arm. As an adult, she worked for various tabloids, writing celebrity gossip, but in 2006, she started writing fiction full time and playfully jokes that she never wants to write about Paris Hilton again. She is friends with Holly Black, also a fantasy writer and the two often refer to characters in each others' books within their own work.

Who will be tempted by darkness?

Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart? And who will betray everything they ever believed in?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

 In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The cliff-hanger close will leave series fans clamoring for more.” 

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  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolan | 6/30/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book, but, did not like the ending! Simion is supposed to die and Jace to be perfectly okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A | 6/29/2011

    " I actually like the way this story is going! What I don't like is how long I have to wait for the next one :( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 6/29/2011

    " In my opinion the author should have stopped at the third book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 6/29/2011

    " I liked this book for the most part. The end however was a bit annoying I wish she would not always leave me hanging! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rajshree | 6/29/2011

    " It was pretty good, but sort of boring. City of Glass would've been a good ending to the series. But i guess it's alright if you got past all the annoying bits. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andria | 6/28/2011

    " Loved it. I'm a fan of these books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 6/28/2011

    " This book really irritated me. It ruined the series for me. I will not be reading the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 6/28/2011

    " Love the male reader, but don't like the female read so far :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isaac | 6/27/2011

    " I listened to the audio book.

    Not sure if I like audiobooks, but this one was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kira | 6/27/2011

    " The book was amazing, and had a great ciffhanger, depending how you look at it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 6/27/2011

    " I loved this book as much as the others. I am excited to see what she comes up with for the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 6/27/2011

    " How does the saying go? "Oh a tangled web we weave." And that makes a great book! Out of all the Mortal Instruments books this one is easily the best one. Leaves me wanting to get my "book hungry hands" on the next one!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nate | 6/27/2011

    " Not bad, but the entire book reads a bit like a prologue. And the romance side of things (which I know is why most people read these books) is really getting overdone. Boink and move on, kiddies. I think I'm done with this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/27/2011

    " a little darker than i remember the others and a little more sensual. but doesn't cross the line....still enjoy following the story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 6/27/2011

    " Dissapointed by the way this one ended! "

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