City of Ashes

City of Ashes

Book rating: 04 Paperback Mortal Instruments

By (author) Cassandra Clare

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 453 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 28 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416972242
  • ISBN 13: 9781416972242
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 1,306

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Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" ("Entertainment Weekly"). 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.

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By Linda 21 Jun 2012 4

Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/review-city-of-ashes-by-cassandra-clare/

Without a doubt, the second novel in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series is just as nerve-wracking as its prequel. With the return of some of my favorite Shadowhunters, I couldn't help smiling as characters fell in love, pondering as new discoveries were made, and gasping at every turn.

I've always loved the world Cassie Clare had created. A world of nephilim, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks-each species being a combination of either angel, demon, or human-fascinates me. And the plot in this book! I was engrossed in this one even more than I was in City of Bones (I think I have a thing with murders in books; they just grab at my attention).

Cassie's characters also majorly improved. With this installment in the series, Clary became less of a Mary Sue in my mind. Her newly discovered talent with runes still didn't qualify her as kick-butt, but my opinion of her rose rapidly. And Jace-Jace became even more complex, even more of a character whose emotions dominated him.

The romantic tension between Clary and Jace grew even more in this novel-which of course made me pleased. (Totally Team Jace here.) Even though they still had that pesky little hurdle of (spoiler if you haven't read City of Bones) incest, they couldn't help falling in love with each other, no matter how hard they tried to push their feelings away.

I adored this book. With even more plot twists and major improvements in character development, this book left me flipping its pages 'til the very end. Readers are going to want to get their hands on City of Glass the very minute-no, the very second-they read the last word in this novel.

By TeensReadToo 02 Oct 2010 4

Last week, I received a copy of CITY OF ASHES, book two in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS trilogy by Cassandra Clare, for review. I was so excited because I just loved the first book, CITY OF BONES. I wanted to read more about Clary, Jace, Simon, Luke, and the rest of the Shadowhunters and their adventures. This book, as with the first one, thoroughly entertained me. With this series, Cassandra Clare will easily make herself a household name.

The story opens with Valentine summoning a demon to be at his beck and call. This demon plays against a person's worst fears. You would need a protection spell if you wanted to ward off the advances of that kind of demon. How is that for an opener?! Once again, Valentine is up to no good - no surprise there. At the end of the first book, Valentine gained control of the Mortal Cup, which can only mean trouble for....everyone. What is he up to?

The last few weeks of this new seeing and slaying life has both exhausted and exhilarated Clary. Everything was so simple before that fateful night at the club. Clary was an ordinary teenager with an affinity toward drawing and manga. Now she can see werewolves, vampires, and fairies, and sketch her own runes. Plus, her mother is in a coma and Jace, one of the Shadowhunters who annoys and attracts her at the same time, turns out to be her brother. Bad news for Clary but good news for Simon, who used it to his advantage to get even closer to Clary. She has a tough choice to make about her future. Clary can leave the Shadowhunter world behind like her mother did, or she can become one of them and work toward finding out what Valentine's plan is now that he has the Mortal Cup.

Clary is not the only one to go through personal upheaval. Jace is devastated that he is not who he thought he was. Nothing good can come out of being Valentine's son, which he learns when his "mother" returns home full of accusations. Soon he is cast out from the one place he can call home. The Inquisitor, a real peach of a lady, holds Jace's fate in her hands. Believe me, there is no love lost between his adoptive parents, his real father, and her. Needless to say, the meeting between them doesn't go well and he is sentenced to prison in the Silent City. Prison turns out to not be the safest place for Jace, as dear daddy pays him a visit there trying to get him to switch teams.

Will Jace join Valentine or remain true to the Shadowhunter's virtues? And if he stays true to his Shadowhunter's roots, will he and his cohorts be able to stop Valentine before the rest of the mortal instruments are collected?

To find out how these and many other surprises happen, pick up your copy of CITY OF ASHES.

By Carruthers 27 Apr 2010 5

the more you read the better it gets but in some parts you could tell what was going to happen but there are still a lot of twists and turns and there are a lot more in city of glass....

By Amanda 09 Feb 2010 4

The author definatley has no limit of imagination in this book!

After not being sure of how I felt about the first book, I was unsure how much the second book (City of Ashes) in "The mortal instruments" series could possibly offer. And the answer I was left with; So much more!

Unlike the first book "City of bones" this book goes straight into the action. Not having to build up stories always seems to benefit the books that follow the first in any series. (In most cases anyway!)

This book is so much better written. It's a fast paced and an engrosing read, leaving you wanting more.

Although the ending leaves you pondering, it's easy to assume what the third book has in store.

It is more action packed and more detailed. Although some of the major battle scene's are not written to their full potential.

The incest scene's make you feel uncomfortable despite knowing there's a great chance it may not be what it seems.

All the characters are well written, although some are disposed of too easily.


I definatley cannot wait to start reading the third book of this series. Although I am assuming I know what some of the major things are going to reveal, I'm looking forward to seeing where the two main characters end up. Now they're aware of their gifts and how Clary can help her mum, it's leaves me wondering what, who and how!

This book doesnt leave you feeling empty or confused, it only leaves you wanting more. It's so hard to write a review without giving away detail!

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"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous."--Holly Black