Sneaky Peek: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

**3/22/10 UPDATE: Synopsis & Estimated Release Schedule Added**

"City of Fallen Angels" is the fourth installment of the Immortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Sadly, this book doesn't have a cover design yet.

*Update* And what's even sadder is that this book is not currently scheduled to release until (roundabout) March we'll just have to 'hold our horses', lol!

However, Cassandra has given us little teaser notes of each chapter of this book just like she did this for City of Glass back in September of 2008.

This was originally posted over at Mundie Moms as a present for their first anniversary...and I have to thank Taschima from Bloody Bookaholic for sharing this juicy book gossip with us!

*Update* Synopsis:
City of Fallen Angels takes place after the events of City of Glass. It splits its focus between Jace and Clary and Clary’s best friend, Simon, and how he adjusts to life as a vampire, but it’s still an ensemble-cast story, and all the characters from the Mortal Instruments series appear in it: Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Jocelyn, Maia, and many more. (It even helps to have read The Clockwork Angel before you read CoFA, because some of the characters from the ID series do show up in it. However, it isn’t required.) In City of Fallen Angels, someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters. Internecine warfare among vampires is ripping the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Meanwhile Jace and Clary investigate a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Chapter One: A Proposition
In which Simon, who has been trying hard to live as normal a life as he can, finds out that's not going to be possible any more.

Chapter Two: Fear of Falling
This is the chapter that will be included in the paperback copy of City of Glass, so I won't say much about it, except it's Clary's POV.

Chapter Three: Sevenfold
And the Lord said unto him, "Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him." Well, that whole Mark of Cain business wasn't just going to go away.

Chapter Four: The Art of Eight Limbs
This one contains a training sequence that involves Muay Thai, a martial art that's called "The Art of Eight Limbs" because it involves using hands, elbows, knees and feet as strike points. This is also the chapter that contains the quote from the Seelie Queen the one about "he's bound to you, but does he love you?"

Chapter Five: Hell Calls Hell
This is Latin, from one of the Psalms, abyssus abyssum invocat. Also translated as "deep calls unto deep." In which Clary tries on a bridesmaid's dress.

Chapter Six: Wake The Dead
Pretty literal, actually.

Chapter Seven: Praetor Lupus
Those inclined toward Latin can have a whack at this one. This chapter has werewolves in it :)

Chapter Eight: Walk in Darkness
"But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes." And in the meantime, Simon's band gets a gig.

Chapter Nine: From Fire Unto Fire
This is from Oscar Wilde: "Nay, let us walk from fire unto fire, from passionate pain to deadlier delight—I am too young to live without desire." I am sure everyone will be happy to know this chapter is mostly Clary and Jace ♥ Sa-weet!!!

Chapter Ten: 232 Riverside Drive
Quite literally the address of something important.

Chapter Eleven: Our Kind
In this case, "Our Kind" is vampires.

Chapter Twelve: Sanctuary
In which a character we know from Clockwork Angel makes a strange demand of the Nephilim.

Chapter Thirteen: Girl Found Dead
What it says on the tin!

Chapter Fourteen: What Dreams May Come
“Max,” Jace said. “Max, I’m so sorry.”

Chapter Fifteen: Beati Bellicosi
The actual phrase in Latin is Beati Pacifici — "blessed are the peacemakers". In this case, I altered it (hopefully accurately) to Blessed are the Warriors.

Chapter Sixteen: New York City Angels
Those who know the Thriving Ivory song "Angels on the Moon" will recognize this phrase.

Chapter Seventeen: Cain Rose Up
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. All of this stuff is from Genesis 4, the Cain and Abel story — it's thematically called up throughout the book since it's a story about family, murder, sin, forgiveness and blood.

Chapter Eighteen: Scars of Fire
This is actually from a Carl Sandburg poem: "Wandering oversea singer, Singing of ashes and blood, Child of the scars of fire,Make us one new dream, us who forget. Out of the storm let us have one star."

As of now, the epilogue is just titled "epilogue." It's pretty short but, I think, packs a punch - don't you? I hope so!

I think this book would make us all a little nervous because it could be awesome or it could screw up the story. I really hope it's the former :)

Enjoy the teasers and sit tight for the book!


  1. I really cannot wait to read this book! The first three were wonderful and this one is going to be great!

  2. another series that is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read. Your blog is going to help me get my butt in gear and read what is on my shelf

  3. I actually think i might die waiting for this book!!!! :D

  4. I cannot wait for this book! I hope that it ends with a 'happily-ever-after'! But no matter the ending, happy or sad, I am absolutley sure that I will enjoy this new installment to the series that has already captivated me so fully. Hurry Ms. Clare! I can't 'hold my horses' for too much longer. :D

  5. I am absolutely in love with Jace's character, and, if I may, I would like to ask one thing. Please don't change him too much! Thank you!

  6. O___O Amazinggggggggggggg I CANT' WAIT MORE t__t


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