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.
I've mentioned before that I stopped reading the series at book 3 the first time, but I kept reading this time. And I'll tell you why. Honestly, the reason why I kept reading was because Lady Midnight was coming out and it looked freaking awesome, and I didn't want to have missed anything or have skipped books in a series. I'm no cheater. So here I was back to book 4. I thought if I started at the beginning book 4 wouldn't seem so stupid to me. I was wrong, book 4 seemed stupid to me. i did not enjoy it. After I have finished the whole series, it might actually be my least favorite? I don't know, two was pretty bad too. Anyways, 5 and 6 and Shadowhunter Academy and Lady Midnight were totally worth it. So, there's that disclaimer.
In the first three books, we have our enemy Valentine to defeat, and I feel like he was a better enemy then our bad guy in this book. This villain (#nospoilers, won't say will just call him my villainy villain) is just too evil, you know? Valentine was captivating and you could see where he was coming from. He drew people too him and convinced them to join. Not so our villainy villain. He has to control them against their will and it's just too much. I'm not a fan of all that mess.
I'm not sure there was a character in this book who didn't annoy me... I can't get too much into why without spoilers (annoying!). But Clary was her usual reckless self, and there was this undercurrent of blaming this on Jocelyn's raising her "outside the Shadowhunter world" which totally annoyed me because have you met Jace people? Simon was vampy and taking advantage of it. There wasn't enough of Izzy.
Recommendation: read it quickly to get to City of Lost Souls!
2 out of 5 stars.