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35. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare...

March 19, 2010
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city of ashesAbout the book:
Welcome back to the exotic world beyond the shadows...

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.

drey's thoughts:
Remember when I said City of Bones was formulaic? Well, City of Ashes is, too, but in a wholly different way. That is, if you think the whole deluded egomaniac trying to kill everyone because they're unclean, is formulaic; which I do.

Poor Clary. Her father's nuts, her mother's dead to the world, her father-figure is a werewolf, her best friend gets bitten by vamps. Poor Jace, getting thrown out when his adoptive parents return, because they're not sure if they can trust him. Or is that the only reason? And then the big bad scary Inquisitor shows up, believing the worst of Jace solely because Valentine. The sins of the father and all that, eh? Will people never learn?

City of Ashes has twists and turns that keep your interest in the Mortal Instruments series, because you have to know how it will all turn out.

drey's rating: 3.5/5 Very Good

Title: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
ISBN-13: 9781416972242
Hardcover: 453 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2008
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