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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare


∴ City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare


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.


“Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,” said Jace. “I’d rather stay down here and rot.”
“Forever?” said Simon. “Forever’s an awfully long time.”
Jace raised his eyebrows. “I knew it,” he said. “You want to kiss me, don’t you?”

I really loved this book! Cassandra Clare opens your eyes to a beautiful yet cruel world that you wish you lived in. She also makes her characters jump off of the page and you want to know them. I absolutely fell in love all over again during City of Bones and this book just recaptures all of the feels and emotions from book one. This book was as much of a character development book as it was world building. The first book leaves you reeling for more of this world and Cassie gives it to you in this novel. If you loved the first book, you will love this one.

The only negative would be that this book is more of a filler book leading up to book three (City of Glass). Cassie extremely developed our views and understanding of the Clave in this book and we get to see more of why Shadowhunters act the way they do. The relationship between Jace and Clary in this novel is different from the first book yet underneath the situation they found themselves in from the first book, their feelings are still there. The book confused me on my feelings because I wanted them to be together badly, but their situation is unique and very unfortunate for any romance between them. This series remains to be phenomenal just like the first book and I can’t wait to reread the rest of the books again. If you have any doubts about the series, definitely continue because the story is really just now beginning.

Other Books in the Series:

5 🍁s ~ City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

5 🍁s ~ City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

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