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City of Ashes [Hardcover]

Cassandra Clare
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Book Description

March 25 2008 The Mortal Instruments (Book 2)
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.

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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, the Infernal Devices trilogy, and the Bane Chronicles. Her books have more than 30 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Addivtive Nov. 2 2010
By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Lost for Words 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Feb. 26 2008
Format:Hardcover
Last week, I received a copy of CITY OF ASHES, book two in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS trilogy by Cassandra Clare, for review. I was so excited because I just loved the first book, CITY OF BONES. I wanted to read more about Clary, Jace, Simon, Luke, and the rest of the Shadowhunters and their adventures. This book, as with the first one, thoroughly entertained me. With this series, Cassandra Clare will easily make herself a household name.

The story opens with Valentine summoning a demon to be at his beck and call. This demon plays against a person's worst fears. You would need a protection spell if you wanted to ward off the advances of that kind of demon. How is that for an opener?! Once again, Valentine is up to no good - no surprise there. At the end of the first book, Valentine gained control of the Mortal Cup, which can only mean trouble for....everyone. What is he up to?

The last few weeks of this new seeing and slaying life has both exhausted and exhilarated Clary. Everything was so simple before that fateful night at the club. Clary was an ordinary teenager with an affinity toward drawing and manga. Now she can see werewolves, vampires, and fairies, and sketch her own runes. Plus, her mother is in a coma and Jace, one of the Shadowhunters who annoys and attracts her at the same time, turns out to be her brother. Bad news for Clary but good news for Simon, who used it to his advantage to get even closer to Clary. She has a tough choice to make about her future. Clary can leave the Shadowhunter world behind like her mother did, or she can become one of them and work toward finding out what Valentine's plan is now that he has the Mortal Cup.

Clary is not the only one to go through personal upheaval. Jace is devastated that he is not who he thought he was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love the serious July 15 2014
By km
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
i love the serious, read the first book and had to order the second. if youre thinking its a teen wolf/vampire book, its actually much better. the movie did not do the book justice so make sure you dont judge whether to read it or not from the movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Ashes May 26 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Also awesome .... when's the movie coming out????? There is so much going on here .... the Jace and Clary getting close but not too close ..... way to keep people hanging.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring May 5 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It is not as good as the first. I still have to finish it because I bought it. Not slow but not that interesting. Hopefully the other books are better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent thank you Feb. 2 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book was for my daughter....she loves it.cant put it down.cant wait for the rest of these books to arrive.thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, awesome author, awseome collection Oct. 20 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
love this collection, can't wait for the new book out in march...this book is great for all ages..the author really knows how to put a story line together..
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4.0 out of 5 stars read in a day
Was turned into it because of the first movie, and was pleasantly surprised about the writing stylings, and the overall flow.
Published 11 months ago by veronika
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love this series
I've really enjoyed reading this series...at no time did I feel I was forcing myself to read on. Always wanted to read on and start the next chapter...the next book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trudy Shea
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing second in the series
This was a good second book. Though I have to say the only reason I continued on with the series is cause I peeked ahead to see if the author was going to "Fix" the issue I had... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Grouchbucket
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great 2nd book-just made me want to read #3! Will be ordering that as soon as I am done this review.
Published 21 months ago by cynw
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Summer Read
This is the second in The Mortal Instruments series, in which Clary, who has recently discovered a whole world of Shadowhunters, demons, vampires and werewolves, hiding in the real... Read more
Published on Aug. 15 2011 by Coreena
4.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...]
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2011 by Effie
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than City of Bones
I had trouble reading the first book, City of Bones. I found it very boring. Maybe I was spoiled by the Harry Potter books, which takes adventure and magic to a whole new level. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2011 by AEL
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