City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

Posted August 16, 2013 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!


CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare


About CITY OF ASHES (taken from

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 basically read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down! This is a fantastic sequel.

The characters get even better in this book. Clary is still the same, maybe even a little annoying in this book, but she has grown up some. Her mom is still in a coma so her character doesn’t really get expanded. I find I have a hard time picking a a favorite character. At first it’s Luke, then Isabelle, then Simon, then Jace! I can’t pick just one! As soon as I say i like one character something happens that makes me pick another. Each character is so different from all the others. Honestly though, Magnus Bane is probably the best character.

The plot is generally the same as the first. There’s some action, some sarcastic bits and the serious parts. But it’s still the same idea. I like how much detail we get with the Shadowhunter world. Not enough authors make their worlds with so much detail. I was a little upset with Valentine though. He’s a great villain but he doesn’t really do anything very creative or smart. He’s just kind of there right now. Maybe it’ll get better in the next book!

5 out of 5

“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”


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