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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1 edition (March 25 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416914293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416914297
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous." -- Holly Black

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Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter's Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 36 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2010
Format: Paperback
When I sat down to write a review of this book, I ran into a problem. First City of Bones was so good I bought and read this book before reviewing it. I am even a third through City of Glass before coming back to review this one. The writing in this series is just so good, I did not even want to stop and write a review but keep reading.

This book continues almost immediately after City of Bones, The conflict and tension between Clary and Jace is at a new high. The triangle of Clary, Jace and Simon has new and interesting twists. Alex is accepting his sexuality and though many react negatively to his being homosexual, Clare does a good job of handing the subject matter. The battle between Valentine and the Clave takes a dark and deadly twist. Down Worlder children are being murdered and their blood drained. The Inquisitor has been sent to investigate Jace and his father Valentine. Valentine's quest for the Mortal instruments is intensifying. But questions about who is more unstable arise - The Inquisitor of Valentine?

I can only say this is a great book in an excellent series by and amazing author. I cannot recommend her writing enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cor Lost For Words on Sept. 17 2010
Format: Paperback
The hunt continues for Valentine in this, the second installment in the Mortal Instruments series. Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle, and Alex are back along with a host of old and new characters.
This installment ups the ante and brings more surprising twists, as well as more questions. This book is definitely action-packed and secondary characters are now brought to the forefront. We also get a more detailed look at the Shadowhunter world.
Clary is still getting used to the idea that she is a Shadowhunter, but she has to learn quickly if she wants to stay alive. Surprise revelations from the last book make this one more interesting in regards to the dynamics of several relationships. It's intriguing to see what is going to happen, and what boundaries have been laid down. What happens when certain boundaries are crossed? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. Quips fly when Jace and Simon are together. Their banter is witty and amusing and keeps the story moving when the action is low.
All in all, City of Ashes is an absorbing read. It is full of exhilarating action, and just the right amount of slow scenes to have you wishing for more. This is definitely an excellent follow up to City of Bones.
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Format: Hardcover
After all, they have been through, the world should give them a break. Yet for Clary, the world is nothing but nice. After going through the shock of becoming a Shadowhunter in the first book. Then finding out the love of her life is actually her brother. To top it all off, her best friend just pronounces his un-dying love for her. With a mother in a coma, her now alive father, a caring but a Downworlder guardian; Luke, a brother and her new friends: Clary life is going berserk, and it’s only going down from here.

When life gives you lemon’s; make lemonade. When life gives you vampires, werewolves, demons and a psychopath father… Well good luck. Clary only wishes her life would get back to normal, but nothing normal remains in Clary’s life. To make matters worse, someone in the city is murdering Downworlder children, draining their blood and leaving their body in the alley ways. Is Valentine behind these killings? If so, why? Even worst when the Inquisitor arrives to investigate and her target is locked on Jace. Even Clary and Jace’s relationship take a toll when they have issues of communicating where they stand. Even Simon gets in on the action, as he makes a life altering decision. Clary is stuck trying to protect everyone she love from her father, but how can she protect Jace if he is so willing to go out of his way towards the man who raise him.

Cassandra Clare did the same, as she did in her first book. Clary did not seem too developed more, but stayed the same but adding a few more terrors to her life. Jace becomes a moodier, more sullen character, where Simon became even more sarcastic. I did not like what she did to Simon; it seems like a quick way to make him stay in the story longer. I also hate how she made Jace and Clary related. Why, why was that necessary?
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In the second book we find Clary and Jace struggling to accept that they brother and sister and nothing more even thought their feelings tell otherwise. If that wasn't enough they have to go through the stares and whispers as now everyone knows that they are Valentine's children.

I loved this book as much as the first one and maybe more. You get to know the characters better and see the powerful but strange relationship Jace and Clary have.
The drama is bigger and the pain and acceptance that Jace and Clary are siblings are enough to handle without the murders. Someone is murdering Downworlders and Simon is acting strange.

Magnus is acting as usual but somehow has focused more on Alec. Isabelle is insane as always and Jace more brooding as it can get.
Valentine is supposed to be the villain but to me he didn't seem like one. His actions seemed to be planted on the go and he lacked motivation. As the bad guy I thought I would see some minions working for him.... where are they when you need them? I can't think of a villain that didn't have or didn't control other people for personal use. But we find out later on why is that (on the 3rd book) so I am not going to spoil it for you. J

When the second mortal instrument is stolen though, they suspect Jace. Jace is now wondering what to do next to prove that he is innocent and for the first time we see him scared as he faces the accusations.

Overall.... I loved it! One of favourites for sure and I can't wait for the third book. You should definitely read this one if you want a strong, suffering love story with a dark and funny adventure background.

I didn't give it 5 stars as the previous book because I thought it needed more action scenes.
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