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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) Paperback – March 24, 2009
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"Prepare to be hooked." (Entertainment Weekly)
"The whole book is like watching a particularly good vampire/werewolf movie, and it leaves readers waiting for the next in the series. Watch this one fly off the shelves." (School Library Journal)
"Readers of urban fantasy will devour this delicious...adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
"[A] smart, funny, romantic read." (Seventeen)
Top Customer Reviews
I was a big fun of City of Bones as I thought it was a very original story. However, I wasn't sure how much more Clary and Jace have left to give. Putting my reservations to one side, I decided to go for it.
City of Ashes revolves around the mysterious murder of Downworlder children in New York City. Clary and Jace are still obviously attracted to each other, but now that they know they are actually siblings, they are trying to repress their feelings for each other.
When the Soul-Sword, the second Mortal Instrument, goes missing, the frightening Inquisitor thinks that Jace had something to do with the disappearance. Clary suspects that Valentine, Clary and Jace's father, is behind the Mortal Instruemnt theft, and possibly, behind the Downworlder children murder.
There is nonstop action through the entire novel. The Shadowhunters continue to fight the demons that almost no one can see. Clary, her best friend Simon, and her now Shadowhunter brother, Jace are tangled in a complicated love triangle. Plus it is easy to relate to the characters even though some of them are half-human.
If you want a captivating read packed with mythology creatures, romance and adventure, you'll love this one.
I am glad I broke my "no more bloodsuckers/werewolves" promise. Ms. Clare: five glittering stars!
So first, the really good- Cassandra Clare does a mighty fine job of taking rich and varied and well known mythologies and giving them a brand new spark of life that has not been written into the ground already. I enjoy that she picks bits of mythology from all over and uses it to create a world full of truths and half-truths and the people who have to deal with it all. This isn't just another fantasy novel. It reminds me of The Dresden Files for young adults.
The other really good thing about this book, is that the characters are a lot less cliched and stereotypical than most books in this genre. The main male character, Jace, might be pretty and the love interest (more on that in a moment) but he is also haughty, cocky, unlikeable and reactionary. She writes him so well that I sometimes find myself irritated with him- a beautiful and well drafted flaw. Who says our heroes need to be perfect anyway? This is also somewhat of a problem for her though too, because she tries so hard not to write predictable characters that they tend to fall out the other side of the extreme.
I'm also delighted by her fight scenes, which are clear and well written but not long and drawn out. Fight scenes have a tendency to be repetitive. She knows when to get on with it.
The bad- some of the prose is a little watered down. Contrite but clearly written with pleasure. Clare has never met a metaphor she didn't like.Read more ›
I've always loved the world Cassie Clare had created. A world of nephilim, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks-each species being a combination of either angel, demon, or human-fascinates me. And the plot in this book! I was engrossed in this one even more than I was in City of Bones (I think I have a thing with murders in books; they just grab at my attention).
Cassie's characters also majorly improved. With this installment in the series, Clary became less of a Mary Sue in my mind. Her newly discovered talent with runes still didn't qualify her as kick-butt, but my opinion of her rose rapidly. And Jace-Jace became even more complex, even more of a character whose emotions dominated him.
The romantic tension between Clary and Jace grew even more in this novel-which of course made me pleased. (Totally Team Jace here.) Even though they still had that pesky little hurdle of (spoiler if you haven't read City of Bones) incest, they couldn't help falling in love with each other, no matter how hard they tried to push their feelings away.
I adored this book. With even more plot twists and major improvements in character development, this book left me flipping its pages 'til the very end. Readers are going to want to get their hands on City of Glass the very minute-no, the very second-they read the last word in this novel.
Source: copy borrowed from library
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book 2 of The Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes, is every bit as good if not better than the first book in the series. Can't wait to start the 3rd book.Published 2 days ago by Kyle G
Although I'm a HUGE fan of the Infernal Devices series, I can't say Mortal Instruments quite do it for me. Read morePublished 4 days ago by J.S.
Love these characters. Smart intelligent teens dealing with topics both teens and adult readers can relate too.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This series is amazing. I've been hooked from the first page of book 1. It keeps me on the edge of my seat wondering what's gonna happen next. Read morePublished 20 days ago by L. Champ
I couldn't put the book down, or function until I finished this book.Published 28 days ago by ambi*
Even with so much time between having read the actual book and reading this, I was right there reliving the moment, the pain and of course the anger of what at the time was just... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jenn