city of ashes


PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books


DATE PUBLISHED: 25th March 2008


PAGES: 453







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?






Continuing on the Mortal Instruments Series this sequel follows characters from the first book as they protect the world and fight the evil Shadowhunter Valentine. While there are some epic scenes first up in the novel it does slow down a bit for quite a while before a fun and action packed ending.

I really enjoyed further exploring the Shadowhunter world and the different Downworlders within this world. I loved examining the Lightwood parents and seeing how this has influenced Jace, Isabelle and Alec. Another character I particularly enjoyed was Magnus. It was great to see his character develop and become a member of the group.

Overall, this was slightly less appealing than the first book but there were major plot points and character development that kept my interest piqued. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook and experiencing The Mortal Instruments series in a different format.




Keep Calm and Read On,



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