Book Review: City Of Ashes

City Of Ashes CoverBook: City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Published March 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books|496 pages

Where I Got It: Nook Store

Series: The Mortal Instruments #2

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find City Of Ashes on goodreads & Cassandra Clare on Twitter, Facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 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.

So.  City Of Ashes!  After seeing the movie last year, I knew I had to continue The Mortal Instruments with book #2!

We meet quite a few people, including Jace’s adopted parents and the High Inquisitor.  And of course, we see quite a bit of the characters from City Of Bones.

I think I liked this one a little bit better than City Of Bones, because we were able to jump right into this world.  There’s a lot going on, including Jace and Clary dealing with the knowledge that they are brother and sister.  It’s definitely hard for both of them, and there were times when it was harder for one of them.  Although, something seems off about it.  Mostly because there doesn’t seem to be a lot of proof, other than Valentine’s word, so it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if they weren’t related after all.

I have to say, I just love Magnus!  There’s something very awesome about him, and he’s definitely one of my favorite characters. And I kind of like him and Alec together.

The Silent City is definitely creepy, especially given some of the events that take place there.  It’s such an interesting place, but at the same time, it’s super creepy.  I’m kind of creeped out just thinking about the Silent City, actually.  And the Institute seems so different, but that could be because we didn’t spend a lot of time there, like we did in City Of Bones.

We also learn more about Valentine, who is one not-very-cool guy.  But I also feel like I understand him a bit better after reading City Of Ashes.  Still, you’d think no one would just take his word for it.  There are certainly ways to truly know if Jace and Clary are siblings, and it’s odd that no one would bother to use them to make sure that what Valentine’s saying is actually true.

And how the Shadowhunters (well, some of them) view Mundanes and Downworlders!  I think that’s going to come back to haunt them later on.

Let’s Rate It:

I liked City Of Ashes, and I’m really curious as to where things are going.  I liked it slightly better than City Of Bones, and it’s definitely a fun, quick read.  City Of Ashes gets 3 stars.  

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