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City of Ashes Review

Title: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Source: Amazon.com

Goodreads Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This book was better than the first one, and I certainly can’t wait to go out and buy the next! Jace didn’t annoy me as much as he did in City of Bones, and neither did Clary. She wasn’t as ignorant of the world and he actually showed a range of emotions.

Also, I’m so happy there is more Magnus in this book! Alec, too. He was more of a shadow lurking in the background in the first book, and Magnus was too amusing not to bring back. And together? Even better.

I liked that there was so much more going on in this book, too. The first book was a tad slow with no action until the end, but I understand its purpose was to introduce readers to the whole Shadowhunter world.

The only thing that bothered me at the end was Maia. It’s obvious that she escaped the ship, because Clary talked to Simon about him liking her… but HOW exactly? And at what point? You’d think Luke would have filled that part in, her being part of his pack and all. Unless I missed something, but I read the last scenes twice.

Anyway, I really need to get the next book now. This series is great.

Rating: 5/5

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December 1, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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