Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter - and spending time with her new boyfriend, Jace. Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city - only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realising that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day - if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge….
©2011 Cassandra Clare (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I found Ed a great contrast to Molly, though I wish they would settle on one kind of narrator. In book 5 we only get Molly and the previous 3 have all been read by different people. The discontinuity does the story a disservice. I particularly like these 2.
What a great way to kick off a new trilogy (/ continuation from the first trilogy) and all we took for granted goes out the window! Quick paced, witty, and dark, it is a delight from beginning to end and its a quick roll from 4 to 5 and then join in the anticipation for book 6!
Yes and no. I love this series, I really do. However, I feel that City of Glass would've been a fine way to finish the series if the ending had been more final. The loose threads at the end of City of Glass felt a little forced. But all that aside, I was glad to have the opportunity to further the Mortal Instruments journey. Though the connection really wasn't there for me. I'll finish the series because I feel like I should, not necessarily because I want to. I definitely don't feel the enthralling engrossment I felt with the first three books.
Simon. As the story is predominantly about him I guess that it's only natural to feel the connection with his character grow this time round.
At the risk of sounding cliche', his character really comes into his own in this book, meaning he is no longer a sub-character just playing the role of Clary's faithful sidekick, following her through her life and her story. Simon has developed his own story, his own life outside of Clary. I kind of feel that he was owed this and I was glad that this is the route Clare took with his character. We'd seen this change in his character start to unfold in City of Glass so I found the follow through of this new Simon in City of Fallen Angels very satisfying and thoroughly enjoyable. Plus, he's a great comic relief amongst all of the Clary/Jace relationship angst. Really. Enough.
Kyle was a nice addition to the cast as well.
I could listen to Ed Westwick for hours. What a voice! And I thought he did a great job. And I liked the novelty of switching up narrators. Though, I would have been just as content if Natalie Moore had remained the narrator.
Molly C. Quinn though, different story altogether. I got to the point where I was actually tempted to skip the parts she narrated. The heading says it all, like nails on a black board. I'm probably nit-picking because I've been spoilt with audiobooks read by a variety of truly brilliant narrators, but her poorly inflected and almost bored delivery was painful for me. The stiff, over-pronounced narrative was distraction and disappointing. And honestly, the "soft-voice" she adopted when completing a sentence or, for example, reading a conversation between Clary and Jace made my eye twitch. Again, I'm probably being pedantic, but it really, REALLY annoyed me and significantly lessened my enjoyment of this audiobook and did not do justice to the story.
We've come this far! Let's finish the series with a bang! It deserves it.
Thus far, the Mortal Instruments series has delivered a wonderful and innovative world to escape to that is thoroughly entertaining. Sure, you can't throw a stone in a book store these days without hitting a supernatural/para-romance young adult novel, but the Mortal Instruments offers enough refreshing contrast to other series within it's genre to make it a stand out, must read story. No easy feat in a flooded market and a true credit to Cassandra Clare.
I'm looking forward to the final chapter of this enchanting story as, I'm sure, are the many other readers who have invested in the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons.
A Narrator that could be heard his voice was one flats nothing. I could not follow the story because his voice never changed between character infact his tone never changed I had no idea which character was talking I turned the story off after 9 mins Please bring back Ari Graynor or Natalie Moore I will never by another book read by Ed Westwick.
I have listen to the whole series up to this book and was forced to turn it off.
NEVER I could do better than Westwick standing on my head drinking a beer
love them all
when you start a series with a females voice stay with a females voice
Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
C.C keeps the teen angst coming and left us with a gripping cliffhanger
Clary, the bumbling yet powerful newbie
It was a little off putting to swap to a two person read after being accustomed to the previous solo readings, not that Ed and Molly don't give a winning reading i have to admit i preferred the other works.
Found it slightly odd at the shifting prospectives between clary and simon
Book was OK I just disliked the ending. Anyone who had read the series would be disappointed.
I have read many others previous books in this series, loved them all. this one the ending was horrible left too many unanswered questions. Felt confused. This book seemed unnecessary and the series could have finished with the third book
These guys did OK, but it is annoying when the narrators are changed during a series
I am returning this
Use the same narrator as the first 3 books
Idiots, why do you do this?
Don't settle for someone you can live with. Find someone you can't live without.
The development of the present day Shadowhunters universe seems to be moving toward a juxtaposition with The Infernal Instruments books. Cassandra Clare is brilliant.
That last scene with Jace had me on tenterhooks until the City of Lost Souls came out. I can't wait for it to come out in Audiobook.
Excellent series, I recommend it to everyone who like a little action with their romance in a supernatural 'verse.
I have read and listened to all of Cassandra Clare's books and though I liked Natalie Moore's readings I have to say that I have enjoyed this one the most mainly due to Ed Westwick. He adds a different dynamic to the story and his interpretation of Simon is wonderful. I think I also like Molly Quinn more than I liked Natalie's Moore or maybe she it was just her in tandom with Ed that makes this audiobook so easy to listen too and hard to press pause buttom.
I love The Mortal Instruments and for the most part because of the complex relationships between the main characters. This is the 4th book in the saga and kind of starts of the second part of the story and maybe I wondered if it would captivate me as much as the first 3 books did.
Well I can say it does and I thoroughly enjoyed it, as with the other books I love Cassie's storyline and hope with all my heart if and when the film does come out it will do it justice, though as with most films of the book, they don't.
If you haven't read any of the Mortal Instruments get hold of City of Bones now, you won't regret it. It has it all, Demons and Angels, Vampires and Werewolves, Love and Romance. If you have read the first 3 books, City of Fallen Angels will leave you crying out for the as yet incomplete 5th book, City of Lost Souls.
Get into the Mortal Instruments now!
I bought City of Fallen Angels last night and absolutely love it. It's the first book from the series I've ever read/heard but it's fairly easy to get caught up with (through wikipedia) I love that Ed Westwick co narrates this and his accent and voice is seriously perfect for the role of Simon. If your a fan of Gossip Girl and into Fantasy novels then this book will be perfect for you. Highly reccommend it. The voices really help you get into the book.
Love love love Cassandra Clare's 1st three mortal instruments as well as the infernal devices. This book, however was very low on plot and was more of a Clary / Jace vehicle than an actual story. The narration was also not very good and did not add anything. Read it in paperback so you can skip the irrelevant boring parts.
Don't let this review put you off the first three in the series, though.
"Hoping the Movie matches up to the books"
picked these books up as I seen an advert for the movie. So glad I seen that advert and got the series.
This book is brilliant. Following on from the first three books it continues to enthral and draw you in. I would highly recommend this book and anything else written by Cassandra Clare.
"B***G est book eVeR!!!!!!!!"
MG! like omg simon is like a vampire totes never new init duckies wanna be a vampire tooooooo! twihards all thwe way !!!! woooooooaaaaaaahhhhhhoooooo! hhuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhheeeeee!!!!oxoxoxooxoxo:D lov u allll babes like ttyl. xxxx
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