Clary and the gang are back in this second installment of the beloved Mortal Instrument series. As if it wasn't bad enough that Clary and Jace found out they were brother and sister, they have to deal with the fact that their father is still running a muck and trying to destroy life as they know it. Add the recent deaths of downworlder children and what else could go wrong? And the answer to that is PLENTY. Every time they turn around, something else seems to happen that keeps Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Alec on their toes. Will they ever catch a break?
The plot thickens, new characters are introduced (and again, it's hard to hate anyone in this series) and things are getting even more out of this world, literally. More secrets are revealed and even better, Simon becomes bigger and badder than I ever expected of him. I love Simon. I can't express that enough. Clare has come back with full force and made yet another great story come to life in this series. I loved every second of it and I can't wait to continue my journey with the rest of the Shadowhunter loves around the world. These books are simply addicting.
Reviewed by coollibrarianchick for TeensReadToo.com
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. Nothing good can come out of being Valentine's son, which he learns when his "mother" returns home full of accusations. Soon he is cast out from the one place he can call home. The Inquisitor, a real peach of a lady, holds Jace's fate in her hands. Believe me, there is no love lost between his adoptive parents, his real father, and her. Needless to say, the meeting between them doesn't go well and he is sentenced to prison in the Silent City. Prison turns out to not be the safest place for Jace, as dear daddy pays him a visit there trying to get him to switch teams.
Will Jace join Valentine or remain true to the Shadowhunter's virtues? And if he stays true to his Shadowhunter's roots, will he and his cohorts be able to stop Valentine before the rest of the mortal instruments are collected?
To find out how these and many other surprises happen, pick up your copy of CITY OF ASHES.
Pretty good follow up to bk 1. It did take a while for me to finish it though. The first half was kinda slow IMO. It started to pick up around mid book (Thank God). I can see why Clary is drawn to Jace. He's my kinda guy too. I knew he was not her brother, from the second they found out. I bet they find that out in the next book. Main pet peeve - Clary needs to woman up and stop letting everyone coddle her. She is a pretty bad ass shadowhunter, right?
Winter has begun to settle over the busy streets of New York City, a far cry from the sweltering days when Clary Fray first discovered the magical world she had been blind to. She now has a newly-found brother and father. There are several complications to that, though. Jace, her infuriatingly arrogant and good-looking older brother, can't help but capture her heart in a way she knows is impossible. And Valentine, Jace and Clary's father, just happens to be the most dangerous Shadowhunter of all time, dedicated to "purifying" the world of Downworlders--werewolves, vampires, faeries, and the like--and willing to slaughter anyone who will get in his way.
In this second installment, Valentine has stolen the sacred Soul-Sword, which will give him ultimate control over all the demons if he performs a horrifying sacrificial ceremony. Jace, Clary (who is just beginning to understand her Shadowhunter abilities) and their friends work desperately to stop him, but it seems like the Clave itself seems to want to stop THEM. At least, they want Jace. The Inquisitor, a scary woman with no small resemblance in personality to Professor Umbridge of the Harry Potter series, is determined to punish Jace as being Valentine's spy.
And those are just the big problems. More personal but no less hurtful to Clary are her feelings towards two guys: her best friend Simon, whom she may not love enough, and Jace, whom she probably loves too much. She has no idea what she wants, but they all know one thing: to love is to be destroyed, to be trapped, to be in danger.
CITY OF ASHES brings back everything I liked in Cassandra Clare's first book and more. The dialogue continues to be refreshingly witty; there is no lack of action and danger, which will satisfy our adventurous sides, while the love triangle will ensnare our sensitive side.
Valentine is very prominent in this book and his evil is everywhere.
Valentine now has two mortal instruments and is calling up evil left and right. He has serious delusions of grandeur and tries everything he can to get Jace to join him. Jace, Clary and Simon team up with Luke and the Clave to fight the battle against the demons that Valentine calls up. The battle is spectacular and some amazing feats are attained. Lots of surprises in this one.
I really enjoyed the second installment of the Mortal Instruments series. Jace is wonderful and hopefully him and Clary will get together at some point. This teenage angst is a killer. This book immediately starts off where book one finished which was confusing since I couldn't remember who was who and what was what but it came back fast.
I will admit, upon deciding if I wanted to read this series, I picked up the first three books and read the description on the back. It still interested me, though I was a bit disheartened by the fact that it took two books for the 'star-crossed' lovers to apparently fall in love. Deciding to give it shot, I read the first book and found the twist at the end of the first book to be an appropriate excuse for the delay in the relationship. However, the second installment was just as tiresome as feared in the anxiety filled teen romance department. Affection for the side characters was what kept me reading to the next chapter, and - I almost hate to admit - to the next book.
I due hope, for the sake of the "minor" characters, the central characters get their act together soon.
This was a great book. I cant wait to read #3~
Excellent addition to the Mortal Instruments series.
Clary, Jace, and Simon are still appealing characters. The others are pretty much backdrop, and Valentine is not real believable to me. I don't feel like this book advanced the story much, although I gather there are six of these so we're just getting started. (I deliberately have not looked ahead to see what happens.) Seemed to me it was mostly about Clary's and Jace's feelings for each other...and I suspect some revelation that will allow them to act on it. What happened to Simon was inevitable if he were going to stay part of the story arc - and this may be the most interesting part of the book because what's going to happen when the vampires realize his secret? Valentine knew about it...hmmm. So, still an interesting storyline and lots of action but not a lot of forward progress.
Was ok,more of what was in the first book.