Rated 3 stars *** ebook. 2011. The Mortal Instruments #4. Simon & Schuster. (Margaret K. McElderry Books.)
Jace was raised from the dead by the Angel Raziel, Valentine and his army have been defeated, Luke and Jocelyn are finally getting married, so all should be right in the Shadowhunter world. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow Clary and Jace around like lint on a blanket.
Clary was sure she and Jace would be a loving couple once they found out he was not her brother. Instead of love, a distance begins to open between them as Jace draws away from her. He is distant and aloof, leaving Clary in agony wondering what her life will be like without him if he leaves her.
Meanwhile Simon is in his own kind of agony. His mother found out he is a vampire and he has nowhere to live. He has drawn the interest of Camille leader of the Manhattan vampires, while someone else is trying to kill him. So far, the Mark of Cain has protected him but Simon is not happy with what’s been happening because of it.
Sinister, dark forces are at work in the world of the Nephilim and Downworlders. It is only a matter of time before, once more, good and evil battle for control.
Clary’s insecurities, especially around Jace, along with constantly acting before she thinks are becoming tiresome. I think the series could have comfortably ended with book #3 “City of Glass,” because now it seems like Clare is milking each character to get more out of them than we readers need to see. Still, fans of Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus will be happy to know the series will continue with book #5 “City of Lost Souls.”
Recommended for readers aged 14 and older who don’t mind teenage angst.