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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406307637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406307634
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (585 customer reviews)
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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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By Bex TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Its actioned packed and full of unexpected twists and turns and a few heart-wrenching moments too! And because I have had no spoilers, I was more into this story, because I needed to know what happened next!

Following on from the revelation that Jace and Clary are siblings and the fact that Valentine is their father brings out unexpected feelings in others as well as from Jace and Clary themselves.

Jace struggles with the rejection from the people he thought loved him unconditionally and tries to prove is isn’t a spy for Valentine, as well as coming to terms that the girl he loves and wants to get intermit with is now his sister.

Clary is struggling with the validity of the news about her father and brother and feels she is being pulled and squeezed in all directions and with no one to talk to about it. And with her mother still in a coma and unable to help, you feel the pain, loss and heartache that she is experiencing.

Meanwhile Valentine still has the mortal cup and is controlling a greater demon to do his bidding and to gain another mortal instrument in order to create a bigger demon army to bring down the Downworlders and the Clave. So Jace, Clary, Isabelle, Alex and Simon try and stop a potential war and the death of loved ones!

There is never a dull moment in this book and with the ending left with a Da da daaaaah moment - with no further a do, I am now going to start reading book three City of Glass :)

Book one City of Bones
Book two City of Ashes
Book three City of Glass
Book four City of Fallen Angels
Book five City of Lost souls
Book six City of Heavenly Fire
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