Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Publication Date: March 24th 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
This book was outstanding! This was much better than City of Bones. Cassandra Clare never disappoints! Still, it was fast – paced and was so gosh darn entertaining.
What I like about this book are its improved characters. And the new ones, of course! City of Ashes definitely isn’t your average fairy tale or fantasy book. Clare’s vision of modern-day Manhattan is gritty and edgy: Punked-out warlocks wear glitter eyeliner and leather pants, and faeries throw wicked dance parties. You’ll get so drawn into the drama between Clary and her friends that the fact that they carry seraph blades, ride flying motorcycles, and get turned into vampires will barely register as anything out of the ordinary.
I love how the story is being written mainly on a third person’s pov and Clary’s. Her confusion over her relationship with her new-found brother (the boy she wants but can’t have) and her feelings for Simon (her lifelong best friend who she wishes was her brother and not her boyfriend).
Overall, City of Ashes was just amazing like the first book. And I am excited to post my opinions about book three, so stay tuned!