Friday, 7 September 2012

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

This review will contain spoilers for the first book. Don't read this review if you haven't read City of Bones!

Title; City of Ashes

Author; Cassandra Clare

Series; The Mortal Instruments Book Two

Can it stand alone? No

Publisher; Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Date; March 25th 2008

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.

Star Rating; 4.75 stars

Would I read anything else by this author? Yes

Would I recommend this book? Yes

Who would I recommend it to? Fans of the first book

Review; I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first. I'm not entirely sure why that is. Maybe because of the ending of the last book. Jace and Clary have so much chemistry. Why did they have to be brother and sister? Ugh!
I'm beginning to hate Valentine even more. If that's possible. Why can't he die already? He puts a damper on everyone's mood. Including mine!
Jace was a bit (a lot) of a jerk in this book. I guess you can sort of understand why, but he didn't have to be that much of a jerk off. But even though he was a jerk I still felt bad for him.
In this book there are changes in the point of view where as last time it was all in Clary's. We don't really get to know the characters that much better. But I think it is needed for some parts of the book. It does help us get the bigger picture.
Overall I did enjoy this book, but I couldn't get into it as much as the first. It is still worth the read if you have read the first one though. Now on to City of Glass!

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