Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: City of Ashes

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Number: 453
Series: Mortal Instruments Series - Book 2

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


This book made me very frustrated! Can anybody guess why? Gah! *tries to compose herself* If I wasn't hooked on this series before, I certainly am now. The amazing action and suspense (and tension) surrounding our favorite Shadowhunters is not lacking in this second installment to the Mortal Instruments series. The battle against Valentine contiunes, and I couldn't be happier. Unless of course *insert spoiler here*.

While Clary wants nothing more than to go back to her normal life with her best friend, who's becoming more than a friend, Simon, the world of the Shadowhunters keeps pulling her back in. With her mother in a magically induced coma, her recently discovered ability to see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries, and her newfound brother, Jace, who she may or may not be in love with, Clary is as far from normal as it gets. To make matters worse, someone is murdering Downworlder children... and Valentine is the number one suspect.

I was so happy to see the characters developing in this book. Clary didn't annoy me so much this time around. She seems to be growing as a character, and becoming a stronger protagonist. In case you didn't guess, my frustration in this book stemmed from Clary's relationship with Jace. I just... they can't... AHHH! In any case, I loved the tension between them. A fan may be required, especially for a certain unnamed scene involving faeries that completely shocked me. Much to my delight, the layers that are Jace were further unveiled in this book. He is one of the most developed and depth ridden (not sure that makes sense) characters I've read in a long time.

Alec and Isabelle were more involved in this book. I was really happy to see more of their characters. Luke is also back, helping Clary in her quest to wake Jocelyn. Then there's Valentine. When it came to him, I was both horrified and pleased at the same time. His level of evil has definetly increased. Or maybe I should say it's been revealed.

If you haven't read this wonderful series (has anyone not read it?) I would highly recommend it. If you have read them, heck, reread them. I'm beyond hooked!


City of Bones


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