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

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Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Romance, Paranormal Romance, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Available Formats: eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audible

Available At: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, etc.

Release Date: September 1, 2015


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 readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.


“City of Ashes” was an incredible and fast-paced sequel to “City of Bones,” and I loved that it incorporated even more humor, sarcasm, romance, action and adventure, drama, and suspense than the first novel. I loved the intricate and intriguing storyline, and the characters captured my heart even more. I loved Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Luke, and Magnus even more in this book, and I loved the banter and interactions between all of them. They were all highly entertaining and there was never a dull moment when they were around. I also loved that each of them had more parts of the story told from their POV instead of just Clary’s. It was easier for the author to do this because all of the books are written in the third person. I definitely experienced a roller coaster of emotions throughout this book, and I loved every minute of it. There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, but that’s what I love about reading. You plan to be surprised. And even though I have read this entire series before, there are still parts of the books that I forget until I read them again. Every time I finish a novel by Cassandra Clare, she always has me itching to get my hands on the next one, whether I’ve read it already or not, and “City of Ashes” was no different. I am so immensely in love with the Mortal Instruments series, and I cannot wait to re-read the rest of it in the books to come!


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~About the Author~

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Infernal Devices trilogy, the Mortal Instruments series, the Bane Chronicles, the Shadowhunter Academy series, and the soon to be released Dark Artifices series and The Last Hours trilogy. She and her husband, along with their two cats, reside in Massachusetts where she continues to write the stories that keep her mind in constant company.

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