City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
Published March 25, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Buy on Amazon http://amzn.to/1RW6ecz
City of Ashes picked up right where the first book, City of Bones, end. Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal; she is a Shadowhunter, her mother is in a magically induced coma and her best friend Simon, seems to be becoming more than a friend. Then there is her handsome and infuriating newfound brother Jace, who she is also dealing with. Someone in New York City starts murdering Downworlder children and her father, Valentine, has now stolen the Soul Sword, another of the Mortal Instruments. Will Jace betray his father and stand with Clary or will he do the unthinkable and side with Valentine.
Once again, I have to ask, why haven’t I read this series before? I have no answer for that but I am certainly happy to be reading it now. I enjoyed City of Ashes; we get to know all of the characters even better. Clary, who is struggling to adjust and adapt to a very different world then what she has always known. I liked that she seems stronger in this book; she has learned how to use her stele and begins discovering just how powerful she really is. Jace also begins learning that his powers run deeper and stronger than he ever thought. Alec starts to come to terms with the fact that he has feelings for Magnus, though he has yet to say it out loud. We also get to know Luke much better, as he opens up to Clary about the past and present, helping her out along the way. Simon experiences a big change in this book. Some of the other things that happen I don’t want to give away, if by chance you haven’t read the book yet.
There was a great deal of action and demon-fighting in this book, which I of course enjoyed. As well as getting to know the Shadowhunter world and the characters better. I liked the ending to this book and some of the changes in relationships. I said some, because I am not happy with all of the changes. I am really enjoying Cassandra Clare’s writing; sometimes, series such as these can start to get boring and drag on. Or the author seems to add in way more detail than necessary, but Clare doesn’t, which makes me believe I will enjoy the remaining 4 books in this series very much. I have to say again, if you haven’t read this series, I highly suggest you start. On to read City of Glass, happy reading!