City of Ashes Hardcover – Mar 25 2008
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"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous." -- Holly Black
About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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?Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
It is AMAZING the story is fantastic and is yet another great novel from Cassandra Clare, definitly recommend it! I really hope they will do the movie adaptation for this novel!Published 15 months ago by Raphaella
Je ne pouvais poser le livre, j'étais accroché attendant la suite. En lisant une infime partie du troisième, je me rends compte que cet auteur a beaucoup... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 19 months ago by km
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.Published 20 months ago by Sharon Vanderburgh
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.Published 21 months ago by Irene Ham
Book was for my daughter....she loves it.cant put it down.cant wait for the rest of these books to arrive.thank youPublished on Feb. 2 2014 by Toni McLaughlin
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