Page Count: 453
Published on: March 25, 2008
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre(s): YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Fiction
My Rating: 4.75 stars
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.
About a week ago, I reviewed City of Bones the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I really loved City of Bones, but City of Ashes definitely had the second book slump. It wasn't as good as book one, but it was still an excellent book. The Mortal Instruments is such a famous and popular series, but I'm reading it for the first time this year.
I really enjoyed the character development in this book. I learned so much about Clary, Jace, and the other amazing characters. I really enjoyed the plot progression too, the only problem I had was that it progressed really similarly to City of Bones. I really loved the awkward dynamic between Clary and Jace. After the confusing realization at the end of book one, it was so awkward and confusing but really hilarious to read about.
Overall, I really loved this book. I can't really reveal much because I don't want to reveal series spoilers, but I can't wait to read more of Cassandra Clare's books. Her writing is so addicting and I love her characters so much.
I can't wait to read City of Glass. I haven't had the time to binge read the series yet, but I plan on reading the rest of the series during my Christmas break in December. I bought books 3-5 on Amazon and a hardcover copy of book 6 at Goodwill. I can't wait to binge read the Shadowhunter world.