City Of Ashes By Cassandra Clare Review

Title: City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book Two)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publishing Date: March 25th, 2008

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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?

I am way behind the curve with this series but I just love it! City Of Ashes does a good job picking up where City Of Bones left off. Clary and Jace are brother and sister, Simon loves Clary, and the big bad Valentine is as big and bad as ever.

I love that Simon becomes less mundane as the book progresses because he is my favorite character and needed to toughen up. The relationship that he has with Clary is sweet but I am glad they both realize it can never be more than friends. I think most teenage girls have a guy friend like Simon who is always there for you but you really don’t need to date. (I think this is still true but it has been quite awhile since I was an actual teenager.)

I like that in City Of Ashes the plot was exciting as a stand alone story while still moving the series arc forward. Second books can be tricky but City Of Ashes never feels like filler. Cassandra Clare obviously has a clear idea of where the series is going.

I have hope that this is rectified in future books (no spoilers please) but I still have a hard time stomaching the Jace and Clary situation. I get it, they didn’t know, but as someone with a brother, it kind of turns my stomach. It almost makes me uncomfortable that I want to root for them because they love each other but I cannot get on the incest train.

City Of Ashes is exciting throughout and introduces new characters that will undoubtedly be important in the series (looking at you Lightwood parents.) It beats the sophomore slump by dropping breadcrumbs that hint of things to come while keeping the reader guessing. 

 

Summary and cover image from goodreads.

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