Summary from Margaret K. McElderry Books:
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. 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.
I was a bit curious as to why there was a fourth book in this series (SPOILER ALERT) after the way things wrapped up in the third book. I have to admit I was curious and a bit apprehensive about reading the fourth book because I thought “what could this book really add?” I really liked that Clare gave us more information on the situation/love triangle between Izzy, Simon, and Maia. It was a nice break from the constant drama between Clary and Jace. Don’t get me wrong, I was really rooting for them in the first three books but it got to a point in this book where I got really frustrated. The most ridiculous and uninteresting drama keeps coming up between them. I felt that it was totally unnecessary and took away from the story. I don’t understand what would have been so wrong with Clary and Jace having a healthy, normal relationship. Furthermore, could Clary whine anymore or be any more hypocritical? She wants to be taken seriously but continues to act like a scared child every time something bad happens. She also constantly needs saving, YAWN. I enjoyed Simon’s bigger role in this book but can his life also stop always be in mortal danger? Please?
In terms of the actual story, I found it interesting but still somewhat unnecessary. I’ll continue reading the series because the ending captivated me enough to peak my curiosity. I like the way Clare continues to surprise me with the introduction of other characters but I found the ending to this book way too obvious. Sadly, I have to say this book was a little bit of a letdown but I would still recommend it. I think the world she paints is pretty entertaining and I enjoy the majority of the characters enough to give them another chance. Hopefully the fifth book strays away from the Clary/Jace drama but I have a feeling that won’t be the case. I would have to say this book was okay but not great or terrible, I’d probably rate it a 2.5-3/5.