City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Released Date: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Summary via Goodreads:
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.
City of Ashes is the second book from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. So, City of Bones successfully captured my heart and enthralled me in so many ways but I have to admit, I loved City of Ashes much more than the first one.
City of Ashes was fueled with much more action and adventure, we get to see some more of other supernatural beings, we meet new characters as well like Maia. The plot, as always, is very well developed, vivid and the readers will find no problems into fully connecting with characters and the atmosphere of the story. I also notice that this one’s got more emotional tone. I really love Cassandra Clare when it comes to emotional and romantic scenes, she really gets me every time.
The characters are just as adorable and lovely and I felt much more emotionally invested in them. In this book, we finally knew what Jace deeply felt about Clary and how they struggle on that “bombshell” that was unexpectedly thrown onto their lap on the first book. And also, I just love Clary and Simon’s friendship, it’s one of my favorite aspect of this book. It felt really genuine.
This is such a remarkable and utterly dashing sequel and I’m giving this a solid 5 out of 5 stars and yes, I HIGHLY recommend this to all Fantasy and/or Adventure lovers who wants to read a book or a series with a heart and also, if you enjoy City of Bones, you will no doubt enjoy this one too!