Book 4 (Book 1: City of Bones, Book 2: City of Ashes, Book 3: City of Glass)
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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side-along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls-neither of whom knows about the other one. 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.
Ah how I have waited for a sequel trilogy for the Mortal Instruments to come and here it is. It took awhile to get back into the series because the last book City of Glass came out awhile ago and I have read a lot since then. In this book everyone is back. In this book Clary has decided to train as a shadow hunter. Though not much training actual occurs it almost seems pointless in the book because Clary has never been a shadow hunter. She is unique in her own way with her ability to create runes and she didn’t rely on shadow hunter skills in the past and in this book she didn’t really use them either. Jace is very much Jace in this book. Still snarky and confident but also in this book we see a different side to Jace. A vulnerability. Afraid of what could happen Jace pulls away from Clary. His struggles a lot with himself in the book. Simon has been labelled a daylighter and because of the cursed rune on his forehead that Clary put, he is untouchable. If people try to hurt him well lets say it’s not the best idea. Within the realm of Downworlders world the vampires are undergoing political troubles. Camille the former leader of the New York vampire coven wants her rule back from Raphael and she thinks Simon is the key to getting it back. Who is really the bad vampire in this book? Camille or Raphael is unknown. If the name Camille seems familiar it’s because she was a character in the prequel trilogy Clockwork Angel also mentioned in the book a bit is Will Herondale from that same series. Other familiar faces are Maia the werewolf, Luke the werewolf leader, Jocelyn Clary’s mom, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood the shadow hunters, Magnus Bane the flamboyant warlock, and someone quite evil (I won’t spoil it). Some new faces appear such as Jordan and some new antagonists creat problems. The whole concept of a second bloody war wasn’t really built on. Also, unlike the other books I didn’t see where the title of the book fell into the plot. Though I haven’t really analyzed it properly. The writing style is excellent as always allowing all the characters to get the spotlight. A lot of growing up within the characters also occurs. The ending is shocking and thrilling and I can’t wait for the next book. I would definitely recommend this book.
The next book in the trilogy is City of Loss Souls and comes out May 1, 2012 and the last book in the trilogy is called City of Heavenly Fire out in September 1, 2013.