Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Status: Available now
*full disclosure: Bought
Description: (by goodreads.com) 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 Review: So I dove into this immediately after reading City of Bones and I gotta say it did not miss a beat! I don’t know what it is about the second books in a series but to me they either are: REALLY good or REALLY bad. Luckily for me this one was fantastic! I like the dimensions in the Shadowhunter laws and officials. Every aspect of this plot line had interesting narratives and layers. The overall character development was great every character grew. I got a little tired of the whole “forbidden romance thing” because again I never thought they were siblings. I’m sorry but it was all too obvious. Why? The evil mastermind of the series tells you a lie. What is Valentine Morgenstern good at? Lying and manipulating other people to do his bidding. So as soon as he said it I was like… “uh-huh suuuuuuure.” Also I mean there are certain taboos you know can’t write without resolving them…
Well you can but you’d have to prepare to lose a ton of your readers to do it. Second reason uhhhh old lady Herondale. Done. Why would she have done what she did for him if there wasn’t some other reason for it? This whole narrative reminded me of one of my favorite required reading for school growing up: Ophelia’s Child.
It had very similar motifs, such as a forbidden romance, and how the only family that really matters is the one that loves you. I seriously recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Sorry I’m trying to be unspoilerific about the main plot line but oh well. Also to be fair these came directly from my notes before I read the third one soooooo. ANYWAY, back on topic: the character development. I really begun to like the majority of the Lightwood kids in this book, I wasn’t too into them before but now I really like them. Also new favorite character Maia the bamf werewolf girl! Everyone grew, especially Simon ; __ ; you poor baby the crap they put you through… Overall an amazing installment into The Mortal Instruments Series