author: Cassandra Clare
series: The Mortal Instruments #4
published: 5 April 2011
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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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.
Each time I read a book in this series, it is my new favorite. And here I am, with a new favorite!
The Mortal War is over and life should be exciting and full of possibilities. But life is never that easy, is it? Despite the fact that Shadowhunters and Downworlders came together to battle Valentine, there are centuries of age-old hate and distrust to overcome in the aftermat. The Clave is changing, adapting and evolving. And there are those that will play on the distrust to advance their own causes.
I wondered how this book was going to continue the stoy line of the first three novels in an exciting way. The Mortal War was at the center of those books and it ended at the conclusion of the third book. So what would come next that would keep the story progressing? I shouldn’t have worried! The mystery and intrigue didn’t end with the War. The twists and turns have amped up in this book and so has the frustration level. Just when you think things are going to finally fall into place for Jace and Clary…!
I love the man-fecta of Jace, Jordan, and Simon. The dynamics going on there are fantastic and there is more of that fantastically snarky banter between them. I like the bromance weirdly brewing between Jace and Simon, too, a bromance that Jace would like to continue to deny. The characters are so wonderful in these books, even those you love to hate!
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