July 6th, 2012

sad!wolf

12 - Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams

Finally finished this one, the second in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The main character, Simon, continues his quest, stumbling through and beating all of the dangers that are thrown his way. The other plot lines show up more than they did in the first one, so that we are not continuously focused on Simon, yet if it weren't for them the story would be flat. Split into at least half a dozen different groups/individuals, all are starting to converge together to decide on the next part of their stand against the growing evil. We are also given more insight into the main villain, and his motivations. There was no cliff hanger ending per se, but there were still enough loose ends to make me want to jump straight into the next volume. However, I'm taking a break again from the series to get some of the smaller books on my "to read" list taken care of :) Definitely enjoying the series, and will probably eventually replace the paperbacks with hardcovers as I have with most of his other stuff that I have.
Lottie

book 25: City of Fallen Angels


City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Mortal Instruments #4
4/5    -just wonderful
adventure, alternate views, angst, family, fantasy, love, paranormal, vamps, young adult

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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in "City of Fallen Angels."

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Spoilers.

I didn't really like how Simon dominate this one was. I like Simon just fine, but I want to read about shadowhunters, not vamps.

I thought that this book would fall victim to the curse of putting the main characters together, but it avoided that. It was a little romantic angst happening, but I really like the story that kept them apart. And the cliffhanger to open the next book seems promising as well.