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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

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on Mar 24, 2009
ISBN: 9781439163849
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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. read 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.read more
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This book was very intense. So much happened it was had to put down! I am happy that I was late coming upon this series of books, because if I would have had to wait for the next volume, I would have gone crazy! I know these are young adult books, and I nomally don't read them, but sometimes the best books are made for that age range. This is a must read if you have read and enjoyed the first book in the series. Clary, Jace, Simmon and the rest of the gang develop a whole new relationship, and Valentine is back for more.read more
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Now this {pause then grin}...is more I like it. More action and deeper danger, fast-paced, funnier, romantic, hints of more family secret and heritage, revelations of hidden gifts that Jace and Clary have and a killer cliff-hanger ending. Never mind that there are still plot holes, who cares about that. At least this time the book doesn't look like a first draft novel anymore, now everybody improved. I have no idea why lots of people hates Simon, I love him (sometimes I cheer more for him than for Jace), he's a great friend, loyal, trustworthy and he got turned into a vampire. Considering the disturbing circumstances around his girlfriend Clary and her brother Jace. My favorite part was when they went to meet the Queen of the Faeries in Seelie Court, (which reminds me so much of a scene in Holly Black's book - Tithe, maybe she borrowed it there) I kind of freak out a little bit, well because it was wrong but I don't think Clary and Jace are related at all. Does anyone? We'll have to see about that. I'm glad for Alec too, it looks like he found a suitable companion in Magnus Bane, now he only needs to get out of the closet and come clean. I really hated the Inquisitor with passion, she is such a bitch and totally biased. A perfect example of how the law makers, abuse power. I am really happy for Clare, she did better in writing this book, there's more depth and thought in it, now only 25% of dialogues were left out. Thank God book 3 is out, I didn't have to wait like the others.read more
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This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...read more
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Continuation of an enjoyable series. The complex world remains, and the character interaction continue to sparkle. Clary and her brother Jace, bestest friend Simon, and the rest of the gang and their assorted parental units are still shaken from their last exploit whereby the narrowly lost the Mortal Cup, to Jace's father, the renagade Valentine. However the Clave have arrived in force, with the Inquisitor to determine truth and met justice on those who break Clave Law. Jace's impertinence quickly gets him a day in the City of Ash's cells, and a firsthand experience of his father's determination - now Valentine has two out of the three Mortal Instruments. Rather strangely this is then followed by the Queen of the faerie asking to see them, and when she induces Clary and Jace to kiss, Simon realises how much he has to lose. As does Clary when Simon dies at the hands of the vampires.Love and loss is very much at the heart of this book, each character realises (or comes to realise) what others mean to them, but also what they mean to others, and the responsabilities that this can bring. If you choose to accept them. Simon I thought was handled very well, I was much impressed with the treatment of the vampired all the way through - until the end. Here I thought the book took a turn away from its previous highs. In the first book, these were very much 'normal' children, not especially blessed, just coping with unexpected dangers, and still expecting the adults to intervene, but coping when they didn't. Here suddenly and unfortunately (and un-explained) they get special powers, and start to act as if they were heros rather than just kids. The lack of justification for this change, although hinted at, was particularly irksome. It no longer sets this series out as unusual but drags it back down to pig-girl territory that has been covered many many times before. I was concerned that the paranormal romance side would overpower the action this time round, but again the balance has been delicately struck, between providing some chemistry between various characters, without descending into gratuitious detail. Still good though. High paced, thoroughly enjoyable.read more
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Background: Clary’s mother is in a coma after dealing with her insane father and menacing bad guy Valentine, and all she wants is for things to go back to normal. In this, the 2nd book in the Mortal Instruments series, Downworlder children are dying and Valentine must be up to it. The Shadowhunters are blaming Jace for all the bad things his father has been doing and to make matters worse, Clary’s best friend Simon is acting stranger than normal. All they can do is wait and hope that Valentine does not start all-out war with the Clave.Review: I loved City of Ashes, so much more than City of Bones. Here we see the character development continue with the suspense and tension from book one, but so much more. I know it is weird, but I am coming to think that Jace and Clary should be together; all of the tension wouldn't/ couldn't be for nothing right? So cleaver though.I think my only hang up was that the word incredulous/incredulously was used a lot..but I may just be weird about things like that. I really enjoyed the teenage tensions between Clary and Simon, Clary and Jace, and Simon and Maya...fun to read.I am always a little sad when a book ends on a cliffhanger, but I knew it was a series so the next one is waiting for me. :)read more
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Clary and the Shadowhunters are back in this sequel to City of Bones. This time the Clave has sent the Inquisitor to hunt down and find Valentine and to retrieve the Mortal Cup. However, the Inquisitor seems more interested in torturing and punishing Jace than in finding Valentine, even when Downworlder children begin turning up dead and devoid of blood. All in all this is good sequel to an interesting series. The squicky family relationships still endure, and I'm not sure why faeries got involved. However, Clare is to be commended for handling so many mythical races so well. Also, once again, the good guys are not so good, so the novel does a great job of keeping the reader guessing.read more
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Clary Fray wishes that life would go back to normal. What exactly do you call 'normal' when your father is probably insane, your mother is in a magically induced coma and you can suddenly see things like vampires, werewolves and demons?Sure, Clary would love to go back to the way things were when she spent all of her time with her best friend (now possibly more) Simon. But the Shadowhunters aren't exactly ready to let her go, especially Jace - her newfound brother. And Clary can't just bail on her mom. To help her mother out, Clary will need to track down Valentine: rogue Shadowhunter, crazy, evil and... oh yeah, her father!If that doesn't complicate things enough, someone slaying Downworlders in NYC and draining them dry of blood. Some think it's the Children of the Moon, but other signs are pointing to Valentine. He has stolen the second Mortal Instrument, the Soul-Sword and he's up to something. The Inquisitor for the Shadowhunters believes that Jace is in cohorts with his father. Can Clary trust him?I am really enjoying this series. Cassandra Clare lures you into this world full of amazing creatures, fantastic settings and tons of action!At then end of City of Bones, I really enjoyed both Clary and Jace as lead characters. Clary has come into herself a little more in this segment of the series. She's not as weak and she is learning to stand up for herself and her friends. She is truly beginning to grasp her role as a Shadowhunter. Jace is a strong male lead, still very witty and cinical. He's slightly more bitter after the revelations he received in City of Bones. I feel for both Clary and Jace and hope that things will clear up for them further on in the series.As I posted in my review for City of Bones, I stated that Valentine didn't feel like much of a villian to me. He stepped it up in this book, but I'm hoping that in City of Glass, he will truly encompass EVIL.Clary, as a Shadowhunter, shouldn't really be on a friendly basis with Downworlders. In this novel, she seems to befriend someone from every walk of life (or death): werewolf, warlock, vampire. We begin to see that as much as each hates the other, they can all come together for the greater good: to stop Valentine.I have City of Glass sitting right next to me and am so eager to get it started!read more
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Clary's mother is still in the hospital, Jace is in trouble with the Clave and their Inquisitor, and a murderer on the loose appears to be targeting Downworlder teens and draining their blood. Not much time has passed since the first book ended, and this one jumps right back into the situation. Jace and Clary are trying to figure out how to act like brother and sister, and it's not going so well. Valentine is still on the loose, and his plan is anyone's guess.Though fast moving and intense, this second book in the "Mortal Instruments" series is more about developing the main characters than about furthering the plot. On occasion, things seemed to be set up a little too neatly (a character just happened to be right where s/he needed to be for an action sequence) or forgetfully (Isabelle and Alec are suddenly Jace's stepsiblings?). But this was still an excellent read, and I can't wait to start City of Glass.read more
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Awesome! I can't wait to see how this trilogy wraps up!!! I am totally rooting for Jace and Clary.read more
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The second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It is action-packed, and what Twilight wishes it could be. Once you read this, you won't want to wait to get the following tworead more
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Clary is drawn deeper into the world of Shadowhunters and Underworlders at a time when their greatest enemy, Valentine, is amassing power and implementing a heinous plot. Another win for Clare. Having finished the first book in the series, I rushed to acquire the second (which was very quickly devoured). City of Ashes starts off a bit slower than City of Bones, but quickly gains momentum while grabbing the reader’s emotions and imagination. Characters from the first book return with new depth and secrets in need of resolution are discovered, but no resolved. The writing is tight and descriptive, easily transporting the reader into Clary’s rapidly changing world. By the end of the second novel, there are more issues raised to be dealt with in the third installment and, as a reader let me say, I can’t wait.read more
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I liked this second book in the Mortal Instruments series...the pace was rapid, the characters consistent from the first book, and I want to read the next one!read more
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For some reason, it took me a while to read this after reading City of Bones. I read the first chapter and then got distracted. Then I tackled it again yesterday and it blew my mind that I had let it sit so long. This series is incredible!Clare has done a fantastic job of bringing her characters along in this book. While City of Ashes is strongly plot-driven, it still managed to develop the characters more fully. Clary, Jace, Simon, and Alec in particular really got rounded out. I love how each of the characters has a speech pattern and personality that feels authentic and unique. Simon is not just a cookie-cutter Jacob Black with new clothes and a new home- he’s his own person. Same goes all aroundI love City of Bones, but I don’t remember it being as much of an emotional roller-coaster as City of Ashes proved to be. It could be because I’m getting more attached to the characters, but this book was one exciting twisty-turning ride of tension. Clare’s writing style completely pulled me in to the world that she created and as soon as I finish this review, I’m going to go start City of Glass. Speaking of which....Read this series. I guarantee you won’t regret it. End review.read more
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Didn't enjoy this as much as the first, but it was still action packed, and an incredible addition to the Mortal Instruments series. Will continue reading this series.read more
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decent sequel. i still think that my teens will wind up getting squicked out, but i'm ordering it for the library nonetheless.it will make for interesting conversation. this novel felt a bit more polished to me than the first and i can only hope that the third book (city of glass, due out in march of '09) will follow suit.read more
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Clary, Jace, and the gang are back to try to foil the plans of Valentine, who has stolen the second of the mortal instruments in order to try to raise a demon army. Lots of action and romance drive this story. The series has me hooked. I'm off to get my hands on the third installment.read more
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City of Ashes was even better than the first book, City of Bones. It had so much more in it and had even more action than in the first book. The author brought new characters into the story and they fit perfectly along with all the rest. My favorite new character in this book is the Farie Queen. She is full of humor, even though it is a little harse, and the author has described her so well i can clearly picture her in my mind. This book is awsome and i cannot wait to read the next book in the series.read more
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It’s easy to understand why everyone loves The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare creates a sequel to the highly successful,City of Bones, which some might may argue is better than the first in the series.City Of Ashes continues right where City of Bones left off. I felt that this book wasn’t exactly a middle book, while i felt many things were sort of set up for the next book in the series I felt that City of Ashes in it’s own sort of way was like it’s own book.I really enjoyed the relationship between Clary and Jace in this book, although i have never been in their situation before and i don’t think a lot of people have been it was easy to feel sympathy towards both of them. Meanwhile Simon in this book was well Simon, getting himself in tricky situations and being the comic relief in the story whenever Jace wasn’t around. Isabel and Alec also grew on me in this book, i got to see a while new side of both of them and couldnt help but want to someone time’s jump into the book and give Alec a big fat hug.City of Ashes was an amazing read and i can’t wait to see how everything ends in City of Glass.read more
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Much more enjoyable than the first book, possibly because I've got into her style of writing. The characters were fleshed out better and it had less of a feel of fan fiction about it and more that of a confident writer.read more
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CITY OF ASHES, by Cassandra Clare, continues this action-packed series with more surprises. Clare definitely stepped up the game in this book where Clary becomes more fierce and the characters around her were growing and changing as well.I sped through this book just like I did with City of Bones. Mainly because I wanted to see if Jace and Clary weren't brother and sister, and I was disappointed once again. The feelings between them were still creepy and weird to me but it was not in the forefront of the story. I actually became more interested in Valentine and his motivations for killing the young Downworlders. Although he was a terrible person, I was intrigued by him as a character.The second book in a trilogy can sometimes lean toward being a "filler" book but I have to say this one was not. The plot actually thickened with the discovery of Simon as a vampire and the forbidden relationship between Alec and Magnus growing.Clare added to the tension by inserting doubts about Jace and his relationship with Valentine. I was very interested to learn the actual truth of this boy's past. The fast-paced action of this book made my heart pump with excitement for the final book of this trilogy, City of Glass.read more
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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.
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love the mortal series.
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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.
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This book was very intense. So much happened it was had to put down! I am happy that I was late coming upon this series of books, because if I would have had to wait for the next volume, I would have gone crazy! I know these are young adult books, and I nomally don't read them, but sometimes the best books are made for that age range. This is a must read if you have read and enjoyed the first book in the series. Clary, Jace, Simmon and the rest of the gang develop a whole new relationship, and Valentine is back for more.
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Now this {pause then grin}...is more I like it. More action and deeper danger, fast-paced, funnier, romantic, hints of more family secret and heritage, revelations of hidden gifts that Jace and Clary have and a killer cliff-hanger ending. Never mind that there are still plot holes, who cares about that. At least this time the book doesn't look like a first draft novel anymore, now everybody improved. I have no idea why lots of people hates Simon, I love him (sometimes I cheer more for him than for Jace), he's a great friend, loyal, trustworthy and he got turned into a vampire. Considering the disturbing circumstances around his girlfriend Clary and her brother Jace. My favorite part was when they went to meet the Queen of the Faeries in Seelie Court, (which reminds me so much of a scene in Holly Black's book - Tithe, maybe she borrowed it there) I kind of freak out a little bit, well because it was wrong but I don't think Clary and Jace are related at all. Does anyone? We'll have to see about that. I'm glad for Alec too, it looks like he found a suitable companion in Magnus Bane, now he only needs to get out of the closet and come clean. I really hated the Inquisitor with passion, she is such a bitch and totally biased. A perfect example of how the law makers, abuse power. I am really happy for Clare, she did better in writing this book, there's more depth and thought in it, now only 25% of dialogues were left out. Thank God book 3 is out, I didn't have to wait like the others.
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This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...
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Continuation of an enjoyable series. The complex world remains, and the character interaction continue to sparkle. Clary and her brother Jace, bestest friend Simon, and the rest of the gang and their assorted parental units are still shaken from their last exploit whereby the narrowly lost the Mortal Cup, to Jace's father, the renagade Valentine. However the Clave have arrived in force, with the Inquisitor to determine truth and met justice on those who break Clave Law. Jace's impertinence quickly gets him a day in the City of Ash's cells, and a firsthand experience of his father's determination - now Valentine has two out of the three Mortal Instruments. Rather strangely this is then followed by the Queen of the faerie asking to see them, and when she induces Clary and Jace to kiss, Simon realises how much he has to lose. As does Clary when Simon dies at the hands of the vampires.Love and loss is very much at the heart of this book, each character realises (or comes to realise) what others mean to them, but also what they mean to others, and the responsabilities that this can bring. If you choose to accept them. Simon I thought was handled very well, I was much impressed with the treatment of the vampired all the way through - until the end. Here I thought the book took a turn away from its previous highs. In the first book, these were very much 'normal' children, not especially blessed, just coping with unexpected dangers, and still expecting the adults to intervene, but coping when they didn't. Here suddenly and unfortunately (and un-explained) they get special powers, and start to act as if they were heros rather than just kids. The lack of justification for this change, although hinted at, was particularly irksome. It no longer sets this series out as unusual but drags it back down to pig-girl territory that has been covered many many times before. I was concerned that the paranormal romance side would overpower the action this time round, but again the balance has been delicately struck, between providing some chemistry between various characters, without descending into gratuitious detail. Still good though. High paced, thoroughly enjoyable.
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Background: Clary’s mother is in a coma after dealing with her insane father and menacing bad guy Valentine, and all she wants is for things to go back to normal. In this, the 2nd book in the Mortal Instruments series, Downworlder children are dying and Valentine must be up to it. The Shadowhunters are blaming Jace for all the bad things his father has been doing and to make matters worse, Clary’s best friend Simon is acting stranger than normal. All they can do is wait and hope that Valentine does not start all-out war with the Clave.Review: I loved City of Ashes, so much more than City of Bones. Here we see the character development continue with the suspense and tension from book one, but so much more. I know it is weird, but I am coming to think that Jace and Clary should be together; all of the tension wouldn't/ couldn't be for nothing right? So cleaver though.I think my only hang up was that the word incredulous/incredulously was used a lot..but I may just be weird about things like that. I really enjoyed the teenage tensions between Clary and Simon, Clary and Jace, and Simon and Maya...fun to read.I am always a little sad when a book ends on a cliffhanger, but I knew it was a series so the next one is waiting for me. :)
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Clary and the Shadowhunters are back in this sequel to City of Bones. This time the Clave has sent the Inquisitor to hunt down and find Valentine and to retrieve the Mortal Cup. However, the Inquisitor seems more interested in torturing and punishing Jace than in finding Valentine, even when Downworlder children begin turning up dead and devoid of blood. All in all this is good sequel to an interesting series. The squicky family relationships still endure, and I'm not sure why faeries got involved. However, Clare is to be commended for handling so many mythical races so well. Also, once again, the good guys are not so good, so the novel does a great job of keeping the reader guessing.
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Clary Fray wishes that life would go back to normal. What exactly do you call 'normal' when your father is probably insane, your mother is in a magically induced coma and you can suddenly see things like vampires, werewolves and demons?Sure, Clary would love to go back to the way things were when she spent all of her time with her best friend (now possibly more) Simon. But the Shadowhunters aren't exactly ready to let her go, especially Jace - her newfound brother. And Clary can't just bail on her mom. To help her mother out, Clary will need to track down Valentine: rogue Shadowhunter, crazy, evil and... oh yeah, her father!If that doesn't complicate things enough, someone slaying Downworlders in NYC and draining them dry of blood. Some think it's the Children of the Moon, but other signs are pointing to Valentine. He has stolen the second Mortal Instrument, the Soul-Sword and he's up to something. The Inquisitor for the Shadowhunters believes that Jace is in cohorts with his father. Can Clary trust him?I am really enjoying this series. Cassandra Clare lures you into this world full of amazing creatures, fantastic settings and tons of action!At then end of City of Bones, I really enjoyed both Clary and Jace as lead characters. Clary has come into herself a little more in this segment of the series. She's not as weak and she is learning to stand up for herself and her friends. She is truly beginning to grasp her role as a Shadowhunter. Jace is a strong male lead, still very witty and cinical. He's slightly more bitter after the revelations he received in City of Bones. I feel for both Clary and Jace and hope that things will clear up for them further on in the series.As I posted in my review for City of Bones, I stated that Valentine didn't feel like much of a villian to me. He stepped it up in this book, but I'm hoping that in City of Glass, he will truly encompass EVIL.Clary, as a Shadowhunter, shouldn't really be on a friendly basis with Downworlders. In this novel, she seems to befriend someone from every walk of life (or death): werewolf, warlock, vampire. We begin to see that as much as each hates the other, they can all come together for the greater good: to stop Valentine.I have City of Glass sitting right next to me and am so eager to get it started!
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Clary's mother is still in the hospital, Jace is in trouble with the Clave and their Inquisitor, and a murderer on the loose appears to be targeting Downworlder teens and draining their blood. Not much time has passed since the first book ended, and this one jumps right back into the situation. Jace and Clary are trying to figure out how to act like brother and sister, and it's not going so well. Valentine is still on the loose, and his plan is anyone's guess.Though fast moving and intense, this second book in the "Mortal Instruments" series is more about developing the main characters than about furthering the plot. On occasion, things seemed to be set up a little too neatly (a character just happened to be right where s/he needed to be for an action sequence) or forgetfully (Isabelle and Alec are suddenly Jace's stepsiblings?). But this was still an excellent read, and I can't wait to start City of Glass.
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Awesome! I can't wait to see how this trilogy wraps up!!! I am totally rooting for Jace and Clary.
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The second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It is action-packed, and what Twilight wishes it could be. Once you read this, you won't want to wait to get the following two
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Clary is drawn deeper into the world of Shadowhunters and Underworlders at a time when their greatest enemy, Valentine, is amassing power and implementing a heinous plot. Another win for Clare. Having finished the first book in the series, I rushed to acquire the second (which was very quickly devoured). City of Ashes starts off a bit slower than City of Bones, but quickly gains momentum while grabbing the reader’s emotions and imagination. Characters from the first book return with new depth and secrets in need of resolution are discovered, but no resolved. The writing is tight and descriptive, easily transporting the reader into Clary’s rapidly changing world. By the end of the second novel, there are more issues raised to be dealt with in the third installment and, as a reader let me say, I can’t wait.
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I liked this second book in the Mortal Instruments series...the pace was rapid, the characters consistent from the first book, and I want to read the next one!
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For some reason, it took me a while to read this after reading City of Bones. I read the first chapter and then got distracted. Then I tackled it again yesterday and it blew my mind that I had let it sit so long. This series is incredible!Clare has done a fantastic job of bringing her characters along in this book. While City of Ashes is strongly plot-driven, it still managed to develop the characters more fully. Clary, Jace, Simon, and Alec in particular really got rounded out. I love how each of the characters has a speech pattern and personality that feels authentic and unique. Simon is not just a cookie-cutter Jacob Black with new clothes and a new home- he’s his own person. Same goes all aroundI love City of Bones, but I don’t remember it being as much of an emotional roller-coaster as City of Ashes proved to be. It could be because I’m getting more attached to the characters, but this book was one exciting twisty-turning ride of tension. Clare’s writing style completely pulled me in to the world that she created and as soon as I finish this review, I’m going to go start City of Glass. Speaking of which....Read this series. I guarantee you won’t regret it. End review.
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Didn't enjoy this as much as the first, but it was still action packed, and an incredible addition to the Mortal Instruments series. Will continue reading this series.
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decent sequel. i still think that my teens will wind up getting squicked out, but i'm ordering it for the library nonetheless.it will make for interesting conversation. this novel felt a bit more polished to me than the first and i can only hope that the third book (city of glass, due out in march of '09) will follow suit.
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Clary, Jace, and the gang are back to try to foil the plans of Valentine, who has stolen the second of the mortal instruments in order to try to raise a demon army. Lots of action and romance drive this story. The series has me hooked. I'm off to get my hands on the third installment.
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City of Ashes was even better than the first book, City of Bones. It had so much more in it and had even more action than in the first book. The author brought new characters into the story and they fit perfectly along with all the rest. My favorite new character in this book is the Farie Queen. She is full of humor, even though it is a little harse, and the author has described her so well i can clearly picture her in my mind. This book is awsome and i cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
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It’s easy to understand why everyone loves The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare creates a sequel to the highly successful,City of Bones, which some might may argue is better than the first in the series.City Of Ashes continues right where City of Bones left off. I felt that this book wasn’t exactly a middle book, while i felt many things were sort of set up for the next book in the series I felt that City of Ashes in it’s own sort of way was like it’s own book.I really enjoyed the relationship between Clary and Jace in this book, although i have never been in their situation before and i don’t think a lot of people have been it was easy to feel sympathy towards both of them. Meanwhile Simon in this book was well Simon, getting himself in tricky situations and being the comic relief in the story whenever Jace wasn’t around. Isabel and Alec also grew on me in this book, i got to see a while new side of both of them and couldnt help but want to someone time’s jump into the book and give Alec a big fat hug.City of Ashes was an amazing read and i can’t wait to see how everything ends in City of Glass.
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Much more enjoyable than the first book, possibly because I've got into her style of writing. The characters were fleshed out better and it had less of a feel of fan fiction about it and more that of a confident writer.
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CITY OF ASHES, by Cassandra Clare, continues this action-packed series with more surprises. Clare definitely stepped up the game in this book where Clary becomes more fierce and the characters around her were growing and changing as well.I sped through this book just like I did with City of Bones. Mainly because I wanted to see if Jace and Clary weren't brother and sister, and I was disappointed once again. The feelings between them were still creepy and weird to me but it was not in the forefront of the story. I actually became more interested in Valentine and his motivations for killing the young Downworlders. Although he was a terrible person, I was intrigued by him as a character.The second book in a trilogy can sometimes lean toward being a "filler" book but I have to say this one was not. The plot actually thickened with the discovery of Simon as a vampire and the forbidden relationship between Alec and Magnus growing.Clare added to the tension by inserting doubts about Jace and his relationship with Valentine. I was very interested to learn the actual truth of this boy's past. The fast-paced action of this book made my heart pump with excitement for the final book of this trilogy, City of Glass.
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