City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

Book Review #75

Title: City Of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare 

Publication: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback 

Release Date: March 25, 2008

Pages: 411 pages

My rating: 4.5/5

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.

Well, I don’t have anything to compare the book to this time. I really took my time reading City Of Ashes because the story is so gripping. 

Simon finally turned into a vampire and how he was born into one was so captivating. Seriously though, if you compare it with the movie, it did not do the books justice at all. There’s a whole lot more to it. 

I love the war at the latter part of the book between the Shadowhunters and the demons. All the Shadowhunters are all so badass. I seriously did not expect that Magnus, the warlock is such a funny character. Love him!

Is it just me or was the Inquisitor, Imogen had a feeling that Jace is his son? I have a feeling that only until the end of the series do they finally reveal that Jace and Clary are not siblings and obviously allowed to date each other. It frustrates the hell out of me. 

Can Valentine just go and kill himself, please? He is the most annoying, self-centered villain/character I have ever read or seen. He thinks he is all so mighty now that he has the Mortal Cup and the sword and is able to control the demons but he’s not. He is actually weak because he is all alone and has no ally that is trustworthy. 

I definitely love this series and I can’t wait to continue on with the series soon because for now, I need to read other books. 


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