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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) [Paperback]

Cassandra Clare
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7 July 2008
With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary is dragged deeper into New York’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning, now Clary must save the world from her own father – the rogue Shadowhunter Valentine. With two of the Mortal Instruments at his command, Valentine is assembling an army of demons to wage war on the council of Shadowhunters and destroy them once and for all. As the battle begins, Clary must face her darkest fears – and come to terms with her feelings for a boy she wishes wasn’t her brother.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406307637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406307634
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries.

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"* "Funny, dark, and sexy... Cassie's writing makes my toes curl with envy." Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles"<br /><br />In City of Bones (2007), normal teenager Clary discovered she was a Shadowhunter, long-lost daughter of murdering megalomaniac Valentine - and therefore the sister of her new boyfriend Jace. Now she's caught up in the dangerous politics of the Downworld, where Jace is suspected of treason, non-human kids are being ritually murdered and best friend Simon is transforming into a werewolf. Clary must protect Simon, save Jace from a vindictive Downworlder Inquisitor, prevent Valentine from building an unstoppable demon army and fight her undiminished passion for Jace. The prose is exceedingly purple: Eyes are always paint chips, black pits or jewels in a spider's web; ichor-leaking demons have voices like shattering glass; fairies have hair like autumn leaves or poison green skin. But this action-packed tale uses melodrama and florid descriptions to good effect, crafting emotional tension and heart-wrenching romantic dramas. Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure. Despite hints that Jace's parentage is in question, the incestuous overtones might be too disturbing for some. (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews) --Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles

"The Mortal Instruments series is a story world I love to live in. Beautiful!" --Stephenie Meyer

"Dear Edward and Jacob, I adore you both, but I'm spending the weekend with Jace. Sorry! Love, Stephenie" --Stephenie Meyer

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The second book in the bestselling urban fantasy trilogy, The Mortal Instruments.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to love it BUT.... 26 Aug 2012
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I couldn't help but be slightly disappointed by "City of Ashes" and believe me, I really REALLY wanted to love it. I'll explain why I found it disappointing in places but first of all, here's why it's still worth a read:

I enjoyed City of Bones. It was pretty gripping, the characters are unique and interesting in their own right and the world Cassandra Clare creates is wonderful and unlike any other. City of Ashes picks up right where COB left off. Remember how Valentine (the evil genius that he is) breaks the news that Clary (our fire-haired leading lady) and Jace (our handsome shadowhunter with a touch of a bad temper) are brother and sister. Now that was a twist I'll never forget but it also was quite sad and I was desperate to see where that would go - would they fight their feelings for each other? Would it be revealed that they aren't really related? So reading COA was a must.

Valentine this time around is on the hunt. Not for his children Jace and Clary but for the Mortal Instruments. With the belief that the three instruments will allow him to create a demon army to destroy the Clave and return the world to it's supposedly rightful order (not to mention the obliteration of downworlders). So as you can imagine the gang HAVE to stop him, and part of the reason is that Valentine needs the blood of a select few individuals, And these few are pretty close to our main characters.

The thing I liked the most about COA actually wasn't the storyline as a whole but more the relationship between Jace and Valentine and the internal struggles, and complete unpredictability, of Jace. It's made pretty apparent that although Jace disagrees with his father's actions, he just can't resist being close to him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed 20 Jun 2013
By SamLam
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OK embarrassingly enough I am 31 years old but I love these books & love getting immersed into the world of the shadowhunters. Great escapisim. About to purchase the next 3 books!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 8 Nov 2009
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City of Ashes is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series. It picks up just after the events of the first book, City of Bones.

Having learnt the truth of her heritage, and that the boy she's fallen for is actually her brother, Clary struggles to keep positive and moving forward. Her mom is in a coma with little chance of recovery, her best friend wants more than she can give, her brother (Jace) is going off the deep end having discovered the truth about his heritage (and Clary may be the only one who can reach him), facing the Inquisitor (a Shadowhunter who seems to have a personal interest in destroying Jace). And, oh yeah, all hell is breaking loose (literally) as Valentine, her father, tries to create a war that will destroy all underworlders, and anyone else who gets in the way, including his kids. Creating the war means recovering the rest of the Mortal Instruments, and turning them to his own dark uses, something Clary, Jace and the rest of the team will do anything to stop.

Like Bones, Ashes is told in third person, but although most of the book is still Clary's 'perspective' there is a lot from Jace's as well, and a few other characters. The different perspectives help to tell the story pretty well, giving a good look at various aspects of the world. This second book sees Clary and Jace discovering still more about their heritage and the introduction of several new characters adds to the world nicely.

There are time though, where the plot felt a little sluggish. And there is also the odd word that feels like the authors picked up the thesaurus to add more interesting words or something, instead of the normally simple narrative, which doesn't work particularly well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Review: This book felt like a bit of a placeholder book really. I was hoping that there would be more resolution and progression of the characters and storylines but they didn't seem to move on hugely from the end of the first book. It was entertaining enough and left me wanting to read the next book to find out what happens but it didn't really hold up as a stand alone book.

Favourite character: Clary Fray

Quote: "There's no need to clarify my finger snap," said Magnus. "The implication was clear in the snap itself."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 26 Jun 2014
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If i could go back in time i would love to so that i could read this again. FANTASTIC novel. Dont waste time! read read read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 26 Jun 2014
By Rikki
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The book arrived on time. I would recommend the seller to anyone as I had no problems. I enjoyed the book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading. 23 Jun 2014
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I found City of Ashes a good read, I gave it 3 out of 5 simply because it didn't have me not wanting to put it down. The story is good, much better than was put on screen in the first film, still trying to see where certain elements of the plot are going and will read the 3rd book no doubt
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4.0 out of 5 stars good 23 Jun 2014
By anna
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there was a few wear and tear marks on this book, but that was expected to to the low price, and that it was second hand - it was definitely readable! Good delivery time, thanks
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