So after I blew through The Hunger Games trilogy, I wanted something to read that was along the same lines. I was craving a similar story line. So I thought I should probably read the 4th book in The Mortal Instruments series. I read the first three books over two years ago! I really had no idea she was even going to add more books to the series because at the end of City of Glass, everything seemed to be wrapped up. Boy was I wrong. Last year, she came out with the first book of three that were set as prequels to the current series. These are called The Infernal Devices. The first book is Clockwork Angel which I bought right away when it came out (still haven't read it). So I didn't want to start the prequel series before I was completely caught up on the current one. Needless to say I don't recommend waiting so long in between books. I had to look up so much stuff when I started reading City of Fallen Angels because I couldn't remember anything from when I read them two years ago! Wikipedia was my best friend.
Even though I had to play catch up, I still really enjoy this series. At first I thought the whole thing was going to be too sci-fi, but it's not too bad. The story lines help reel it back down to Earth. Below is a summary of City of Fallen Angels, but if you haven't read the first three books it will confuse you and sound kinda corny. Just warning you.
The Mortal War is over, and 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 important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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 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 wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.
Of course this one ended with a cliffhanger! The 5th book, City of Lost Souls, is set to be released in May 2012 and the final 6th book will be out in September 2013. Luckily, the prequels can keep you occupied in between AND now a sequel series was announced as well. Called The Dark Artifices, the story is set five years after the end of The Mortal Instruments.
If you like The Hunger Games, Twilight or The Vampire Diaries books you can get into these. I enjoy reading them, but I don't get as crazed as I did over the other books. They are in the works of turning the first book, City of Bones, into a movie. So maybe after that movie gets some buzz, I'm sure these books will too!
Have you read any of The Mortal Instrument's books?