Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderrey
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
SPOILER ALERT in the summary if you haven’t read City of Bones!!
A murderer is loose in New York City …
… and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary’s father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what’s his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary’s brother, Jace.
Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.
Hold on just a second, I’m still out of breath from finishing this book. Phew… okay… here goes. This is my attempt at explaining my squee-worthy thoughts about City of Ashes in a semi-coherent manner.
What I loved most about City of Ashes was the character development, especially with Luke. The relationship between Luke and Clary really blossomed and we learn so much more about Luke’s past and his involvement in Clary’s life. By the end I was wanting even more information about Luke because he became such an interesting and deep character.
And Clary… oh Clary. She has so much going on in her life and she still manages to be a total BA. So much drama and action and suspense encircles her and I love how the author makes her seem so normal even though her situation is far from it.
And we can’t forget about Jace now can we?! He is the epitome of the broken bad boy who puts up barriers in order not to get hurt. And this poor guy cannot catch a break in this book…at all. I can’t say why, but you’ll find out
I can’t get into major plot twists and turns without totally ruining the book but I will say this – the Seelie Court scene. %&%$#$%#$^$%&%^%#$%#$ times 1,000. Holy cow. If nothing else, read the book for that scene alone.
Needless to say, I will be devouring City of Glass immediately. I cannot wait to see how certain *cough* relationships play out and what other amazing gut-wrenching twists Cassandra Clare can deliver (because she can seriously deliver).
In parting, here is my final thought – just go read the book!!! You will not be disappointed with this series in the least and it will have you finishing the book in the bathroom at work because you only have 15 pages left and you just HAVE to know what happens (not that I did that or anything – but if I did, rest assured it was in a sanitary manner).