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A LOOK BACK: Top 5 Scenes From Cassie Clare’s CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS

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Every day this week, we’ve been discussing the top 5 scenes from every book in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS so far! We continue our eager countdown to CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE today with the Top 5 Scenes from CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS!

CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS represents a great turning point in the series. Clary, Jace, and their friends have finally destroyed Valentine, only to discover that their success has made them infamous among Shadowhunters and Downworlders alike. Now, they’re being targeted by more dark forces than ever before, including the Mother of Demons, out for revenge!

1. THE MARK OF CAIN

No one is willing to mess with the Mark of Cain on CITY OF GLASS, so we’re introduced to its wrath via a shocking start to this story. Things don’t look good when some seriously badass ninja warrior types track down Simon on the streets of New York, but when they finally attack…

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“He stopped screaming abruptly–and fell, as if the invisible hand had opened, releasing him. He hit the ground and broke apart like glass shattering into a thousand shining pieces that scattered themselves across the pavement.”

2. THE DIRTY SEXY ALLEY SCENE

There have been many ‘dirty sexy’ scenes since, but none hold quite the same sentimental value as the original! Clary and Jace’s encounter in the alleyway during the Millenium Lint concert amped up the intensity between the two to a whole new level and left us hanging on the edge of our seats!

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“She knew she ought to push him away; her mind told her it was the sensible thing to do, but no other part of her cared about what was sensible. Not when Jace was kissing her like he thought he might go to hell for doing it, but it would be worth it.”

3. THE BANK SETUP

Simon usually has someone else sticking up for him, but he’s calling the shots here! After being offered a shady deal by ancient vampire Camille, Simon cements himself as a vampire outsider by selling her out to the Shadowhunters. The result is smart and pulse-pounding.

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“There was a soft implosion, a sound like something enormous tearing down the middle. A great shimmering panel appeared against the opposite wall. Camille turned toward it, her lips parting in shock as she saw what it was.”

4. THE CHURCH OF TALTO

Clary proves to be more than just a trainee when she takes down a Hydra demon and solves a major piece in the demon baby puzzle without Jace at her side. With a little help from Izzy at the end, this scene is a major triumph for badass girls!

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“The front doors of the church were open, and in the entranceway stood Isabelle, in boots and a black dress, her electrum whip in hand…

‘Damn, girl’ she said. ‘What have you gotten yourself into now?'”

5. THE FINAL POSSESSION

While Jace’s initial possession by Lilith and the subsequent battle are thrilling, Jace’s sudden finalized connection with Sebastian was the most suspenseful ending to the series yet! It left us yelling at our books: “…What? WHAT?!”

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“We are one now, little brother, you and I, Sebastian said.

We are one.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Anything involving Millennium Lint (aka Salacious Mold, Dangerous Stain, Dichotomous Lemur, Sexy Vampire Mojo, etc!)

By Nat, the Geek Girl

Southern California native who likes movies, books (Shadowhunter Chronicles, NA, YA fantasy, Red Rising series), TV shows (The Sandman), and San Diego Comic-Con. I also like to write, but don't get to do much of that aside from on here. I fell into the BTS rabbit hole, and I refuse to leave.