City of Fallen Angels

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Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 432 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442403543 | 
  • April 2011 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
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Chapter One: The Master

“Just coffee, please.”

The waitress raised her penciled eyebrows. “You don’t want anything to eat?” she asked. Her accent was thick, her attitude disappointed.

Simon Lewis couldn’t blame her; she’d probably been hoping for a better tip than the one she was going to get on a single cup of coffee. But it wasn’t his fault vampires didn’t eat. Sometimes, in restaurants, he ordered food anyway, just to preserve the appearance of normalcy, but late Tuesday night, when Veselka was almost empty of other customers, it didn’t seem worth the bother.... see more

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A Reading Group Guide for: City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare About This Book The Mortal War is over. Valentine has been killed, along with his evil son, Sebastian. Jocelyn is going to marry Luke, and Clary is training to be a Shadowhunter. The Clave is sorting through the chaos left behind by the war, and Shadowhunter and Downworlder alike are mourning their dead. Everything is getting back to normal—or at least as normal as life can be for this battle-weary group. But maybe normal is too much to ask. Head vampire Camille is back in New York City and she wants Simon’s help in ousting Raphael. Jace is pulling away from Clary, and despite Clary’s best efforts to discover the reason, she’s left painfully in the dark. And, to top it off, someone is killing the former members of Valentine’s inner circle, and the Clave can’t figure out who—or why. As Clary and her friends struggle to adjust to the changes in their lives and loves, dark forces gather that may be too much for these Shadowhunters to handle. Will Clary and her friends ever be able to trust each other enough to fix what’s broken in their world? Discussion Questions 1. How does Simon feel about vampires being part of pop culture—used as a Halloween decoration or to teach children to count? How does his life differ from this pop culture representation? Why do y see more

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