* Hardcover: 464 pages
* Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
* ISBN-10: 1416914293
* Author: Cassandra Clare
* Cover art: My least favorite of the series
* Obtained: My personal bookshelf
* Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
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? (Synopsis provided by goodreads)
After the way book one ended, I was eager to read this one. It's been a while and I'm just now reviewing it.
I really like this series and I love the way Clare has formed her characters, she makes us care about them in a genuine way. Not all authors can accomplish this, when reading this book, I think of Jace and Clary as actual people, people I would love to sit down with and have a cup of coffee.
I love how Simon has developed as a character in this one and the way Jace changed from the first page of this book to the last. We got to learn a lot more about him then we have in the first book.
We get to see more of Magnus which is always a treat, his character is fabulous! This is such a great series and I'll be sad when it ends but I look forward to being able to re read it over and over.
If you have yet to read this series, you should, it's fastpace, fun and funny!
Warning: If you haven't already read City of Bones, I highly suggest reading it first, rather than starting with City of Ashes since it's not really a story that is considered a stand-alone.
I will do my best not to pepper this review w/ spoilers because I don't think it is fair to ruin your reading pleasure.
City of Ashes kicks off like the fireworks during a Macy's 4th of July celebration! Clare grabs hold of you & pulls you into the whirlwind supernatural adventure that is this astounding read.
Clare delivers City of Ashes in 3rd person but is mostly from the delightful & empowering Clary's perspective. Clare does a phenomenal job showcasing Clary's perplexity @ all that is going on around her Shadowhunter sphere.
Let me warn you, City of Ashes is an enthralling read & you will be hard pressed to put it down. Simply, Clare's Mortal Instruments Series reads like an epic flick ~ electrifying!
What I love about Clare's writing is the delectable vibrancy sprinkled through out this fetching novel. City of Bones is stuffed w/ explosive action, dripping w/ topnotch tension & juicy goodness. The world of the Shadowhunters is charged w/ titillating nuggets that is not just breathtaking but makes your head spin.
Clary's bff, Simon, definitely is one riveting member in this launching. He really did shatter the mold. Clare took the term "bring it" for the intriguing Simon & certainly did.
The brother & sister Shadowhunter team , Alec & Isabelle are utterly enthralling. I truly enjoy reading about them.
Magnus Bane is a mesmerizing player & one of my faves.
Now, I will address the pink elephant in the room by saying everything isn't always what it seems (thank you, Cassandra).
I have to be honest, the incestuous tones between Clary & Jace made my stomach roil & my skin crawl but things aren't always what they seem.
Hurry up & grab a copy of City of Ashes!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (2 of 5 readers found this comment helpful)
onyx95, July 23, 2009 (view all comments by onyx95)
Learning more everyday about the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Demons that her mother tried to keep from her, Clary (Clarissa Fray) discovers the differences. Finding she has a father (Valentine Morgenstern), and a brother (Jace) that are on different sides of the Shadowhunter’s view about how to handle the Downworlders and the Demons puts Clary in a postion that leaves her wondering who to believe in. The people she turns to first are her mothers long time friend Luke Garroway (who happens to be a werewolf) and her own best friend Simon (who is turning in to more than a friend). With there help and a few other Shadowhunters and one High Warlock, Clary and Jace are determined to fight for what is right, even if it is their own father.
Book 2 ….. Wow, talk about a jam packed book. So much happened in just the first half I would have been satisfied if it ended there. It kept going and just got better as it went. There are a lot of fighting scenes and some are really good, well written. I was a little surprised by what happened to poor Simon, there are actually several things that took me by surprise in this one (but a few things didn’t), I think what Imogen Herondale (the Inquisitor) said to Jace will come out and be understood (as a good thing). It ended with certain expectations of what the 3rd book (City of Glass) will have in it. Now that Valentine has the cup and the sword, the only Mortal Instrument left would be the mirror.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (2 of 5 readers found this comment helpful)
chelee33, April 20, 2008 (view all comments by chelee33)
It was fun to read! I enjoyed it more than the first one. There are quite a few scary and intense parts; sometimes I was afraid to read in the dark! I'll read it again and I look forward to finding out what happens next. Can't wait!
Others I recommend: The Twilight series, the Uglies series, and the Blue Bloods series.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (7 of 11 readers found this comment helpful)
Margaret K. McElderry Books -
by Holly Black,
"A gorgeous fantasy that's so good, it's dangerous."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure."
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.
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.
Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man's forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Teas goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Teas family and friends.
Teagan knows she doesnt have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, shes still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease thats destroying herthats destroying them allhas a name: Fear Doirich.
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.