“The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But her happiness has to come at a price….”
This is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series and I was so disappointed. I really wanted to love it as much as I did the first three books. My problem is there’s nothing in the storyline to hook you in and no action to drive the story forwards, it just plods merrily along. Dare I say it, I was getting just a little bit bored. It felt tediously slow, there’s not much happening in terms of explosive fight scenes or gritty intense moments and it’s basically a rehash of the previous books.
The Jace and Clary relationship entanglement is just dragging on too much. Even though it was all sorted out in the last book, and they are now technically together, there is still a lot of angst and doubt between then. I felt the book would really have benefitted from a sizzling romance, something to really get your teeth into and pull you into the story. I was disappointed Clary doesn’t play more of a ruthless Shadowhunter role, but maybe this is all to come.
We do see the introduction of one or two interesting new characters, Jordan for one, who brings forth a little twist to the tale.
The cliff hanger is good, although a little on the predictable side. I gave the book a middling 3 stars because although I didn’t want to DNF it, I was willing for it to finish quickly so that I could get on and read something else. I do want to continue with the series, but I need more action and faster pacing in the sequels!
I do hope you enjoyed this review, happy reading.