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Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.

Topics: Demons, Werewolves, Vampires, Supernatural Powers, Magic, Fairies, Adventurous, Urban, and Trilogy

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ISBN: 9781439163849
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The series picks up right after the ending of the first book and the pace is amazing.more
I have to admit, it took me a while to get over the name Clary when I started reading this series. To me, there was just something about the name that did not fit the character. But once I got past that I could easily see why the books are so popular. I mean with Shadowhunters, Warlocks, Werewolves, and Faeries there is something for everyone. In City of Bones, we really didn't see much of the Warlocks or Faeries, but in City of Ashes we still a ton of them and even a bit of the Faeries world.

At the end of City of Bones, Valentine fled and left Clary and Jace at the institute. City of Ashes seems to start just a little bit after those events. Clary's mother Jocelyn is still in a magic comma and has now ben transferred to a local hospital. Clary is living with Luke for the time being, and Jace is still being well Jace. Simon is still as jealous as ever, but he may have a right to be.

The characters really seemed to have evolved as the story progressed, which is what I love about book series. The transition from chapter to chapter was suspenseful which kept me continuing on to the next to find out what happened. There were a few times that the writing seemed to get a little choppy, but I didn't let that get in my way of enjoying the story.

We were also introduced to another villain, but not one anywhere near close to as bad as Valentine is. Know as The Inquisitor, Imogen Herondale, is investigating Jace for the Clave. But maybe she takes things a little far from the beginning, by locking Jace up in The City of Bones. As the story progressed, we learned more about what make Imogen the way she is, and why she hates Jace so much.

Oh and did I mention there was a reference to Harry Potter in the book? I love when other books and TV shows do that!

I really enjoyed reading City of Ashes, and look forward to picking up the third book in the series, City of Glass, soon to read. more
love the mortal series. more
Love this book !! ☺️☺️❤️❤️❤️more
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And we're done here. I'm going to need someone to sum up the rest of the series for me since I can't do it anymore. I spent far too much time yelling at the various characters for being, well, dumb. The writing was over-worked, the characters obnoxious, the villains too one-dimensional and the ending unsatisfying. Yes I know it's a series. Doesn't mean there needs to be a Days of Our Lives cliffhanger at the end of every one. Not my book, moving on.more
Mm, I think this was even better than the first! I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book to see how it’s all going to wrap up. [Nov. 2010]more
I really love the world of these novels. The characters are diverse and endearing. I can identify with a few of them, and I love seeing how they are developing through this series. I am excited to start the next book which thankfully since I am so behind on the series was readily available at the library :)

Always afraid of giving anything away when it is a second book, but assuming if you are looking at this then you have read book one....

The one thing that has me really spinning is Clary and Jace their relationship makes me so sad...but I am definitely making a prediction here, I don't think they are brother and sister...

Must start reading next book now!more
Still loved Jace and Clary's scenes, despite - or because of? - the incest. I don't know, but ever since Game of Thrones, I don't dislike incest (the brother/sister kind) anymore. Go figure.

BUT, I know Jace and Clary aren't really siblings (thanks, Tumblr, for spoiling me). It's just so funny watching them think that they are.

Simon turning into a vampire though. Eh. Shouldn't they have just held a funeral for him, ala Cirque du Freak style, so they wouldn't have to explain Simon not being able to go out in the sun? But, no, they had to have him drink Jace's mutated blood and become invincible, aka, enable him to walk in the sun without dying a second time. I would have preferred Simon remaining a human, but that's just me.

I gave this 3-stars because I wasn't able to really enjoy the book. I read some people's reviews who hated it, and I can see their point. Mostly, I became aware of how unlikable Clary can be. I don't remember what Clary did to make Jace fall in love with her, even though I ship them. All Clary seems to be doing is scream, and be in the middle of the action without actually doing anything. I hope they remedy that in the City of Glass, which I'll be reading next. If Sebastian falls in love with her too I'm going to be seriously pissed. It kinda reminds me of Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi where everyone just luuurrrvesss her. Give me a Katniss Everdeen anytime. Sure everybody loves Katniss, but I like Katniss. heh. heh. heh.more
The plot thickens for Clary and Jace as they try to find the whereabouts of Valentine and figure out his evil plan to take over the Shadowhunters. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this story, as the narrator does a fantastic job with the voices.more
This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...more
What a wonderful second book! Leave it to Cassandra Clare to create a world and continue to make it feel real and new. I am totally rooting for Jace!!more
One of the things I love about this series is the character dynamics. Yes, the world is an amazing place, but I really like Clary and Jace. City of Bone started out with a quick action pace that seemed to move even quicker in City of Ashes. Just when you think you know something about this world, Clare seems to add another aspect that makes you question what you are reading, and she does it effortlessly, no plot point seams showing thorugh on the underside. I am really looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.more
I don't hate Jace as much as I did but I still think he's an awful amalgam of clichés. I continue to think less of Clary for choosing the boring option of her hopelessly impossible romance with her brother who as it turns out probably will end up not being her brother after all. I continue to like Simon the most and also don't really care about this Maia relationship the author is trying to force on us. As if star crossed lovers, who might be siblings but probably won't be in the end because the author doesn't have the nerve to really stick to the incest line, wasn't a bad enough we now have the vampire and werewolf couple so double helpings of star crossed. About the only interesting pairing in this thing are Magnus and Alec so go go gay characters saving this continual romantic trainwreck.The worst thing is I continue to enjoy the series but I suspect I'm just reading to find out how the romance turns out. All the while hoping Cassandra Clare chooses the more interesting couple of Simon and Clary rather than defaulting to the utterly and ironically mundane couple of Jace and Clary. It continues to be an NTR nightmare for me but at least Simon is getting the screentime now to develop as a character.more
It's difficult to give a synopsis of this second book of the Mortal Instruments series without completely giving away the first one, but suffice it to say that Clary remains conflicted about Simon and Jace, Magnus remains fabulous, adults still are generally not to be trusted (gah the Inquisitor made me so angry), and Valentine continues to be awful. The plot is once again very easy to follow and predict, but like the first book, I enjoyed the world and its characters enough that I had a marvelous time all the same. Looking forward to the third installment. I understand the series began as a trilogy, so it should have a good solid ending.more
In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part. From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3. And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.more
Finished reading City of Ashes yesterday. I liked it better than City of Bones but it still isn't great. Guess I'll finish the trilogy then give the books to the library unless the third book is many times better than the first two. The book is okay. I should be reading better things. Silly reader. However there is a movie coming out based on the first book, I believe.more
**WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones**Clary Fray has found her mother, Jocelyn, so now what? Jocelyn is in a magically induced coma, one that was supposed to keep her from revealing secrets to Valentine, her once husband. Clary must figure out how to reverse the coma. Luke, her long-time family friend and Alpha of the local werewolf pack, Simon and the Shadowhunters are there to help her. She figures that the only way to find the answers she seeks is to track down her father, Valentine. That sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that all the Shadowhunters are looking for him as a traitor, so he is hidden well.Clary just recently found out that the guy she was attracted to, Jace, is actually her brother. This doesn’t help matter any because she still has feelings for him and they have to see each other a lot as Shadowhunters. The inquisitor comes to the Institute to question the Lightwoods after the disappearance of The Mortal Cup. After that, Jace was sent to the prisons in the Silent City so they could figure out what he knew about Valentine. Only the Silent Brothers didn’t have time to go through his mind because Valentine showed up and stole another Mortal Instrument. Because Jace was unarmed and still in the prison when the Shadowhunters eventually showed up, they thought he had a part in stealing of the Mortal Instrument. Will Clary find what she needs to help her mother? What will happen to Jace now that the Clave thinks that he is guilty?I like the fact that Valentine is shown having some compassion in this book, even though he is the villain. This being the second book in The Mortal Instrument series, it didn’t fail to keep me interested in the plot. Just when you thought all the questions were answered and nothing else could happen, the questions change. Even though a lot of things happen, it doesn’t seem like it is excessive. I really like this series and cannot wait to read more of it.more
My goodness, the execution of this book has put the debut of the first one to shame. It felt as if like this was written by a different author, in the means of it was so much better than City of Bones. No offense, Cassandra Clare. I really liked City of Bones, they gave a good enough introduction to the series but everything was scattered and confusing. This, on the other hand, is kind of confusing at some parts but this time, it added charm to the story. It made it intriguing rather than make-me-wanna-pull-my-hair-out-because-its-pissing-me-off. The characters were given more depth and more difficulties, the emotions then felt raw, powerful. The events weren't just thrown in my face with a little bit of vampire and a little bit of fairy. No, this one was given more thought to the organization.I dreaded reading the almost 500 pages in this book because I couldn't read it fast enough! I really wanted to get to the next page to find out what's going to happen but I was only halfway through the other page.So overall, I just hope Cassandra Clare continues to write in a way like this one so I can stay engrossed reading the series.more
City of Ashes follows on pretty close to where City of Bones left off. It’s very much more of the same and definitely not in a bad way. A few new characters are introduced but the old characters we know and love take the centre stage. In fact, more of them have point of view scenes in the first book. This was a bit off-putting at first but I quickly got into the flow of it and enjoyed getting into more of their heads. There was one new character, the Clave’s Inquisitor, who had me wanting to punch her through the page and we all know such an emotional response is a sign of a well-written character.The story revealed more of the history and mysteries of the world that were hinted at in City of Bones and it was nice to see Clary being accepted as one of the Shadowhunters, even if she’s never going to be fighter like Isabelle, Alec and Jace.The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger (although I’ve read worse — no actual cliffs were involved) and makes me want to pick up the next book immediately, possibly on book-buying credit.I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and/or YA fantasy. I suggest starting from the first book, however, since I’m pretty sure City of Ashes won’t make as much sense otherwise and definitely contains lots of spoilers for City of Bones.4.5 / 5 starsmore
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The series picks up right after the ending of the first book and the pace is amazing.more
I have to admit, it took me a while to get over the name Clary when I started reading this series. To me, there was just something about the name that did not fit the character. But once I got past that I could easily see why the books are so popular. I mean with Shadowhunters, Warlocks, Werewolves, and Faeries there is something for everyone. In City of Bones, we really didn't see much of the Warlocks or Faeries, but in City of Ashes we still a ton of them and even a bit of the Faeries world.

At the end of City of Bones, Valentine fled and left Clary and Jace at the institute. City of Ashes seems to start just a little bit after those events. Clary's mother Jocelyn is still in a magic comma and has now ben transferred to a local hospital. Clary is living with Luke for the time being, and Jace is still being well Jace. Simon is still as jealous as ever, but he may have a right to be.

The characters really seemed to have evolved as the story progressed, which is what I love about book series. The transition from chapter to chapter was suspenseful which kept me continuing on to the next to find out what happened. There were a few times that the writing seemed to get a little choppy, but I didn't let that get in my way of enjoying the story.

We were also introduced to another villain, but not one anywhere near close to as bad as Valentine is. Know as The Inquisitor, Imogen Herondale, is investigating Jace for the Clave. But maybe she takes things a little far from the beginning, by locking Jace up in The City of Bones. As the story progressed, we learned more about what make Imogen the way she is, and why she hates Jace so much.

Oh and did I mention there was a reference to Harry Potter in the book? I love when other books and TV shows do that!

I really enjoyed reading City of Ashes, and look forward to picking up the third book in the series, City of Glass, soon to read. more
love the mortal series. more
Love this book !! ☺️☺️❤️❤️❤️more
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loved itmore
Love the mysterymore
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And we're done here. I'm going to need someone to sum up the rest of the series for me since I can't do it anymore. I spent far too much time yelling at the various characters for being, well, dumb. The writing was over-worked, the characters obnoxious, the villains too one-dimensional and the ending unsatisfying. Yes I know it's a series. Doesn't mean there needs to be a Days of Our Lives cliffhanger at the end of every one. Not my book, moving on.more
Mm, I think this was even better than the first! I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book to see how it’s all going to wrap up. [Nov. 2010]more
I really love the world of these novels. The characters are diverse and endearing. I can identify with a few of them, and I love seeing how they are developing through this series. I am excited to start the next book which thankfully since I am so behind on the series was readily available at the library :)

Always afraid of giving anything away when it is a second book, but assuming if you are looking at this then you have read book one....

The one thing that has me really spinning is Clary and Jace their relationship makes me so sad...but I am definitely making a prediction here, I don't think they are brother and sister...

Must start reading next book now!more
Still loved Jace and Clary's scenes, despite - or because of? - the incest. I don't know, but ever since Game of Thrones, I don't dislike incest (the brother/sister kind) anymore. Go figure.

BUT, I know Jace and Clary aren't really siblings (thanks, Tumblr, for spoiling me). It's just so funny watching them think that they are.

Simon turning into a vampire though. Eh. Shouldn't they have just held a funeral for him, ala Cirque du Freak style, so they wouldn't have to explain Simon not being able to go out in the sun? But, no, they had to have him drink Jace's mutated blood and become invincible, aka, enable him to walk in the sun without dying a second time. I would have preferred Simon remaining a human, but that's just me.

I gave this 3-stars because I wasn't able to really enjoy the book. I read some people's reviews who hated it, and I can see their point. Mostly, I became aware of how unlikable Clary can be. I don't remember what Clary did to make Jace fall in love with her, even though I ship them. All Clary seems to be doing is scream, and be in the middle of the action without actually doing anything. I hope they remedy that in the City of Glass, which I'll be reading next. If Sebastian falls in love with her too I'm going to be seriously pissed. It kinda reminds me of Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi where everyone just luuurrrvesss her. Give me a Katniss Everdeen anytime. Sure everybody loves Katniss, but I like Katniss. heh. heh. heh.more
The plot thickens for Clary and Jace as they try to find the whereabouts of Valentine and figure out his evil plan to take over the Shadowhunters. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this story, as the narrator does a fantastic job with the voices.more
This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...more
What a wonderful second book! Leave it to Cassandra Clare to create a world and continue to make it feel real and new. I am totally rooting for Jace!!more
One of the things I love about this series is the character dynamics. Yes, the world is an amazing place, but I really like Clary and Jace. City of Bone started out with a quick action pace that seemed to move even quicker in City of Ashes. Just when you think you know something about this world, Clare seems to add another aspect that makes you question what you are reading, and she does it effortlessly, no plot point seams showing thorugh on the underside. I am really looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.more
I don't hate Jace as much as I did but I still think he's an awful amalgam of clichés. I continue to think less of Clary for choosing the boring option of her hopelessly impossible romance with her brother who as it turns out probably will end up not being her brother after all. I continue to like Simon the most and also don't really care about this Maia relationship the author is trying to force on us. As if star crossed lovers, who might be siblings but probably won't be in the end because the author doesn't have the nerve to really stick to the incest line, wasn't a bad enough we now have the vampire and werewolf couple so double helpings of star crossed. About the only interesting pairing in this thing are Magnus and Alec so go go gay characters saving this continual romantic trainwreck.The worst thing is I continue to enjoy the series but I suspect I'm just reading to find out how the romance turns out. All the while hoping Cassandra Clare chooses the more interesting couple of Simon and Clary rather than defaulting to the utterly and ironically mundane couple of Jace and Clary. It continues to be an NTR nightmare for me but at least Simon is getting the screentime now to develop as a character.more
It's difficult to give a synopsis of this second book of the Mortal Instruments series without completely giving away the first one, but suffice it to say that Clary remains conflicted about Simon and Jace, Magnus remains fabulous, adults still are generally not to be trusted (gah the Inquisitor made me so angry), and Valentine continues to be awful. The plot is once again very easy to follow and predict, but like the first book, I enjoyed the world and its characters enough that I had a marvelous time all the same. Looking forward to the third installment. I understand the series began as a trilogy, so it should have a good solid ending.more
In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part. From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3. And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.more
Finished reading City of Ashes yesterday. I liked it better than City of Bones but it still isn't great. Guess I'll finish the trilogy then give the books to the library unless the third book is many times better than the first two. The book is okay. I should be reading better things. Silly reader. However there is a movie coming out based on the first book, I believe.more
**WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones**Clary Fray has found her mother, Jocelyn, so now what? Jocelyn is in a magically induced coma, one that was supposed to keep her from revealing secrets to Valentine, her once husband. Clary must figure out how to reverse the coma. Luke, her long-time family friend and Alpha of the local werewolf pack, Simon and the Shadowhunters are there to help her. She figures that the only way to find the answers she seeks is to track down her father, Valentine. That sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that all the Shadowhunters are looking for him as a traitor, so he is hidden well.Clary just recently found out that the guy she was attracted to, Jace, is actually her brother. This doesn’t help matter any because she still has feelings for him and they have to see each other a lot as Shadowhunters. The inquisitor comes to the Institute to question the Lightwoods after the disappearance of The Mortal Cup. After that, Jace was sent to the prisons in the Silent City so they could figure out what he knew about Valentine. Only the Silent Brothers didn’t have time to go through his mind because Valentine showed up and stole another Mortal Instrument. Because Jace was unarmed and still in the prison when the Shadowhunters eventually showed up, they thought he had a part in stealing of the Mortal Instrument. Will Clary find what she needs to help her mother? What will happen to Jace now that the Clave thinks that he is guilty?I like the fact that Valentine is shown having some compassion in this book, even though he is the villain. This being the second book in The Mortal Instrument series, it didn’t fail to keep me interested in the plot. Just when you thought all the questions were answered and nothing else could happen, the questions change. Even though a lot of things happen, it doesn’t seem like it is excessive. I really like this series and cannot wait to read more of it.more
My goodness, the execution of this book has put the debut of the first one to shame. It felt as if like this was written by a different author, in the means of it was so much better than City of Bones. No offense, Cassandra Clare. I really liked City of Bones, they gave a good enough introduction to the series but everything was scattered and confusing. This, on the other hand, is kind of confusing at some parts but this time, it added charm to the story. It made it intriguing rather than make-me-wanna-pull-my-hair-out-because-its-pissing-me-off. The characters were given more depth and more difficulties, the emotions then felt raw, powerful. The events weren't just thrown in my face with a little bit of vampire and a little bit of fairy. No, this one was given more thought to the organization.I dreaded reading the almost 500 pages in this book because I couldn't read it fast enough! I really wanted to get to the next page to find out what's going to happen but I was only halfway through the other page.So overall, I just hope Cassandra Clare continues to write in a way like this one so I can stay engrossed reading the series.more
City of Ashes follows on pretty close to where City of Bones left off. It’s very much more of the same and definitely not in a bad way. A few new characters are introduced but the old characters we know and love take the centre stage. In fact, more of them have point of view scenes in the first book. This was a bit off-putting at first but I quickly got into the flow of it and enjoyed getting into more of their heads. There was one new character, the Clave’s Inquisitor, who had me wanting to punch her through the page and we all know such an emotional response is a sign of a well-written character.The story revealed more of the history and mysteries of the world that were hinted at in City of Bones and it was nice to see Clary being accepted as one of the Shadowhunters, even if she’s never going to be fighter like Isabelle, Alec and Jace.The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger (although I’ve read worse — no actual cliffs were involved) and makes me want to pick up the next book immediately, possibly on book-buying credit.I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and/or YA fantasy. I suggest starting from the first book, however, since I’m pretty sure City of Ashes won’t make as much sense otherwise and definitely contains lots of spoilers for City of Bones.4.5 / 5 starsmore
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