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Review - City of Ashes Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare published by Walker books and Simon and Schuster

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.


I loved this book despite the fact that it has left me hanging with many unanswered questions. I literally cannot wait to get started on the next one! This won't be a huge review either but don't think because of the shortness I didn't like it, I really did but I don't want to say too much without spoiling parts for others.

I enjoyed that the book took what had happened in the first one and started to delve deeper, helping you to get to know that characters involved in more detail. I love Jace and Clary as characters and cannot wait to see how their story turns out overall. I Loved the scenes where they were trying out their newly discovered powers for the first time and I love how Clary is beginning to find herself as a shadowhunter.

The story trundled along nicely with a variety of twists and turns that shocked and delighted me in equal measure, most of which I didn't see coming. I am now very excited about how things might pan out after all the things that have been set up within this story.

As I said I am now desperate to find out how this story pans out as there are so many questions hanging in the air for me right now. Definately a fitting sequel to the first back (possibly an even stronger book as you are so invested in the characters by this point)


Manda said…
I had the same problem reviewing this series. It's hard to say what you love without ruining it. Don't wait long to read City of Glass. Though this one is my fave of the series, City of Glass answers a lot of the questions that arise from this.
vvb32 reads said…
i like this series too. still have to read book 3 ;-D