Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


Title: City of Ashes

By: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

Pages: 423

Release Date: March 25th, 2008

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Rating: ★★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

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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It has been nearly 15 years since I read the first book in this series. It was something that got me through going back to work after the birth of my first child, so after I brushed up on the underworld of Cassandra Clare, I dove into this odd duck, to say the least.

The story was exciting enough. Clary and her friends are thrown back into the terrifying world of the paranormal when Valentine rears his ugly face again, but something threw me, bug time.

The relationship between Jace and Clary got weird. I think I really only read the book after that to find out if they were going to go forward with their incestual brother sister relationship they were discussing. Would they throw everything out the door to have that romantic relationship they feel is right in their hearts? Or do they do what is not gross and just be friends...?

Either way you look at it, this story was exciting.

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