Book Review: City of Ashes


City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Paperback, 411 pages – Published July 7th 2008 by Walker Childrens Paperbacks

This is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

So the last book contained a lot of fighting, mixed emotions, demonic activity and a hell of a lot more excitement. This book was very much the same. Thrilling fight scenes, confused lovers, a ton of creepy demons. Who wouldn’t love it?

Clary’s mother is still in hospital, Jace and Clary are still trying to decide what sort of relationship they’re in, Simon’s feelings are still abundantly clear, and Valentine is still causing havoc. But now Valentine has another of the Mortal Instruments, and the Queen of the Seelie Court has brought to light some very un-sibling-like emotions between Jace and Clary. Simon is no longer dubbed as “the mundane” after an unexpected turn of events, and Jace is being picked on by the Inquisitor simply because he is the son of Valentine. So yeah, things are going just great.

While all this is going on, people are starting to realise that Jace and Clary aren’t quite normal Shadowhunters. Once their unique abilities are identified, they’re able to use them to their advantage – against their very own father.

As before, Cassandra Clare has included a wonderful mix of action, surprise, emotion and twists in this book. The characters are all going through some problem or another, and the Clave is as threatened as ever. It’s a great read, and despite being rather long it wasn’t boring or anything. The only thing I can say is that it isn’t overly special, so not quite one of my favourites. So I think I’ll give it 4 stars, maybe just about 4.5.


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