City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)
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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.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Compulsive Reader's Reviews
    The past few weeks have been hectic for Clary Fray to say the least, and they only seem to get even more so in the sequel to Cassandra Clare's popular debut City of Bones. Clary's mother still hasn't awoken from her strange sleep induced by Jace and Clary's father, Valentine, and Jace is having troubles coming to terms with his true parentage.

    Things only get more complicated when an Inquisitor is sent to the Institute to question Jace's loyalty to the Clave, and he doesn't make a good impression. Suspicion is further aroused when children of magical descent are found dead all over the city, making everyone suspect that Valentine is up to something more sinister than they have anticipated.

    The second book in the Mortal Instruments series is full of fast paced action and twists and turns that you won't see coming. Clary gets more and more involved in the supernatural world as she and Jace struggle to accept their relationship, while at the same time fending off attacks from all sides. In between it all is exhilarating excitement, the awkwardness of being a teenager, and intriguing mysteries. Readers looking for more breathless adventure and a spectacular battle against evil will delight in City of Ashes.
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  • An Emotional Journey
    While City of Bones focuses on plot, City of Ashes revolves around the emotions of the characters. Clare provides an in depth look at Jace, Clary, and Simon's teen angst, which makes for a "sort of" love triangle. The Seelie Court chapter and the next few are some of Clare's best. The air crackles with intense electricity! We also discover the special powers that Jace and Clary possess which makes them unique among Shadowhunters.

    The plot seemed somewhat weaker than City of Bones, or maybe it didn't capture my interest as much. Most of it dealt with rescuing Jace from the Inquisitor, who believed he was a spy for his father. Valentine kidnapped a few people, resulting in a final battle that seemed hopeless. Naturally, there were lots of descriptions of demons being killed. This is a much darker book, so be prepared for some sadness and unexpected drama!

    Now about the characters... Simon gets a lot more interesting (that's all I will say because I don't want to spoil it ;) And I have a greater respect for Clary now that she is more emotionally complex. Maia's tragic background was well done, but she was always crying about something and that took away from her character. Max, the youngest and most adorable Lightwood, is my favorite addition to the cast.

    Oh, and the epilogue leaves a great cliffhanger for us! Just one more year to see how everything turns out......more info
  • Quickly entwined!
    Just like the first book in this trilogy, City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) there were so many twists and turns that I was surprised at how fast I finished reading it. I become quickly entwined in the story, and book left me wanting more. This book was more captivating and better written then the first one. As soon as I finished this book I went out and bought the third one, City of Glass (Mortal Instruments). ...more info
  • One of the gratest stories ever!!!
    This story is amazing!!!! You have got to buy it!!! I am so hook to it!!! Is super awsome. The characters, the atmosphere, the setting...everithing!!! Is one of the best stories I have read in my whole life!!! Is definetly at me top 5 list!!!City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)...more info
  • OMG!
    WELL FIRST OF ALL THIS SERIES IS WORTH A READ. WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT IS HOW ITS A LIL PREDICTABLE BUT AT THE SAME TIME THE AUTHOR THROWS IN AN UNKNOWN FACTOR THAT MAKES EVERYTHING GO HAYWIRE!

    THIS BOOK IN PARTICULAR WAS VERY EXITING AND TAKES YOU A BIT DEEPER INTO THE SHADOWHUNTER WORLD. GIVES YOU THE HISTORY AND ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS WHILE THE ACTION IS HAPPENING. I WISH THEY COULD INCLUDE MAYBE A PICTURE OF A RUNE OR SOMETHING FROM THE STORY CAUSE ITS REALLY INTERESTING TO READ AND TRY TO IMAGINE THE PEOPLE AND WEAPONS AND RUNES ETC. AND OF COURSE WHO DOESNT LOVE THE MAIN CHARACTERS LOVE TRIANGLE? BUT MY FAVORITE PART OF THE STORY IS DEFINITLY THE MAGNUS AND ALEC DRAMA! :-P

    a GOOD READ WITH GREAT CHARACTERS. I RECOMEND THIS TO ALL

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  • Much Better Than City of Bones
    To me, this still isn't perfect, but it's fast-paced and in-character. I cared a lot more about the plot and characters, and saw a lot less parallels to all the other YA fantasy series I've read. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one!...more info
  • FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!
    Cassandra's writing is phenomenal! I love all the twists and turns. She always keeps you wanting to read more. I stayed up all night cause I couldn't put it down. I can't WAIT to see how everything ends up in City of Glass (though I have a pretty good idea) and I'm so excited. I really hope I'm right. I only wish I didn't have to wait a whole year....it's almost as bad as waiting for Breaking Dawn! This series is a must read!!! :-)

    Once again I was so frustrated at the end though just like in City of Bones...lets hope she doesn't do that to us with the last installment!...more info
  • Fantastic
    City of Ashes is absolutely wonderful... definitely an excellent follow up to City of Bones. The only problem is that City of Glass, the final book, doesn't come out for a year!!! I recommend this book to anyone with a love of reading! ...more info
  • Waiting for more...
    Regardless of the author's beginnings, I am finding myself really liking this series. It has a lot of elements that nod to famous YA fantasy novels (Harry Potter, Tithe) and a lot of elements of its own. It has its own Dark Lord, plenty of magic, and a very interesting bunch of characters.

    There is one particular point about this book that's going to make you cringe, though: there is a love triangle...and two of the people in that love triangle are (as yet to be disproven) brother and sister. If that makes you scream "YIKES!" you probably won't be able to get past it and enjoy yourself.

    I found it a fun read despite that. It was a page-turner for me, and kept my interest all the way up until the end. I'm excited to read the last book in the trilogy....more info
  • The Thrill Ride Continues
    Readers are brought back into the exciting world introduced in Cassandra Clare incredible City of Bones. Clary's life can no longer be normal. Her mother is in a coma, her father is deranged, her best friend may no longer be human, and she has feelings that she shouldn't have toward her brother Jace. Someone is murdering Downworlder children and has stolen the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword. Clary and Jace suspect it to be Valentine with another evil plot, and they know they must stop him. Their world is on the brink of war. Soon, they are swept up into another dangerous adventure as they struggle to save the ones they love as well as their own lives in this epic power struggle.

    If possible, City of Ashes was even better than its prequel City of Bones. The story has non-stop action which kept me on the edge of my seat in suspense. I also highly enjoyed the love tensions among nearly all the characters. The story was just as unforgettable as the first, and the end left me hungering for more. City of Ashes is the type of story that I want to read over and over because it is just such a well-written and amazing story.

    The characters in City of Ashes are just incredible. Clary is my hero; she's strong and resourceful, even if she sometimes doubts herself. Jace is an alternate form of Edward Cullen; he's sexy and will give anything to protect the ones he loves. The cast of characters from the Mortal Instruments series are some of my favorite fictional characters ever. They make me wish I could participate in their attractive, although dangerous, world.

    I most definitely recommend the Mortal Instruments series to every eager reader out there (if you couldn't already tell from my excited raving). Fans of supernatural series such as the Twilight series or the A Great and Terrible Beauty series, among others, will certainly fall in love with this amazing story. If you've already read City of Bones but not yet its sequel, then get on it! And if you haven't even begun the series, you'd better get started. I promise you won't regret investing your time in this incredible series.

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  • City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments) Book 2
    This book is an incredibly good sequel. It's a total page turner. I couldn't put it down. I read it in a day and a half. VERY good book. I can hardly wait for book three. A total must read. Go out and get it!...more info
  • Even Better than Bones
    When I first picked up City of Bones, I wasn't sure what to make of it. As I was reading, I fell in love. No, it's definitely not heavy reading, and yes, there is better quality prose, but the book was just so fun and made me laugh out loud (which is rare), and the writing, while not amazingly spectacular, works perfectly for the story and is far from bad.

    City of Ashes was even better. The characters are the kind of people you wish you knew, but don't; yet they're also just the kids next door. They bridge the gap between the ordinary and extraordinary, and you love them all for their weaknesses and strengths.

    If you love fantasy, if you love sarcastic, witty conversations, if you love star-crossed lovers...READ THIS BOOK!...more info
  • bloody nonsense
    No, definitely not. The first book was sort of OK, the writing was better, the plot more gripping. But even the first novel suffered from this special kind of fascism that the genre seems to admire: all this "¨¹bermenschen"-stuff: this killing, blood-splitting, flesh-disrupting, intestines-devouring rubbish. No! City of Ashes is pulp-fiction of the worst kind. Cassandra Clare changes from embarassing scenes of "teenage-schnulziness" (I have to apologize for my German background)to embarassing scenes of gory weaponism. I know I know: we are so proud of our youngsters when only they read. And we name whatever they put before their eyes a book if only this item seems to consist of letters which seem to make up a story of the clumsiest sort. ...more info
  • Loved this series!!!!
    This is the second book in the series and was even better than the first. Things are more exciting and the plot thickens. Clary, Jase and Simon are on a wild adventure to find out who they are and what matters most in life. It is a wonderful emotional ride full of suspense and a little romance. Well worth reading....more info
  • It Just Keeps Gettng Better!
    Who said anticipation only sets you up for a letdown? Whoever it was clearly never read the second installment in Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series. After devouring City of Bones I couldn't wait for City of Ashes to come out, couldn't wait to get more of the romance and the racing action. This novel held me rapt until the very last page, there was never a dull moment. I loved Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, and Isabelle from the first novel and they only grew on me more as I consumed the thrilling tale of their tumultuous lives. Clare's novels are perfect, with strong characters, a gripping story, and a style the makes you feel the action. If you loved, or even liked, City of Bones read City of Ashes now!!...more info
  • LOVE! love love love love.
    Alright. So let me point this out to everyone: Yes, there is incest in this book. No, I don't mind it. Yes, there is homosexuality in this book. Again, I don't mind it.

    For all of those people who are like: 'Omg! it's terrible because of what's going on with the characters!'Please, keep in mind that the author started out writing fanfiction. Incest and Homosexuality are seen in Fanfictions.Honestly though, I really like this book because it's so different then other books that I've read because the characters ARE so different. Really, I have never really read a book with a homosexual character, or have the main hero and heroine be in love yet are siblings. It's unique, in a mildly creepy way. I am a huge fan of the books, not only because the characters are often times witty and sarcastic, but because many of the aspects are unique.

    I don't know how many times when I've read about 'orphan tries to find place in world, and saves the world!' books, or 'girl wants to break mold and runs off to join the army!', or 'destiny has chosen [characternamehere] to save the world!' type of books. The plot lines are over used, dull, and really repetitive. This book though totally broke the mold for me. And when I mean 'break the mold' I mean, seriously, breaking the mold.

    I went onto about a two year reading hiatus (because no books really interested me) and I just picked up the first book in the series and could not put it down. It's not about a little orphan, or a princess running away from an arranged marriage. It is truly, truly an amazing book that I really do adore. I can't wait to see how the series ends honestly. The books, as far as I'm concerned, are very consistent so far.
    It's not like the Twilight series, where the first one was just amazing, then drops off in quality after that, or really the Harry Potter series where it gets better and better. These books are amazing, and I really don't know how else she could improve them, so they're consistent in the whole 'amazing' factor.

    There was only one thing that had a tendnecy of bugging me in the series. That was the author had a tendency of repeating about certain physical qualities in a character (simon's long eyelashes, Jace's hair, etc), that or else she sometimes goes out on tangents describing things that aren't really relevant to the plot. However, the book is filled with the same banter, same characters, and same character's personalities as the previous book. It's nice to see that the characters don't magically change with little, or no, background information as to why they changed between the two books (Granted, it helps that there's not long time gap between the books since the two of them take place only in a few days each).
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  • Beyond fabulous...
    This is one of my current favorite books. It is absolutely fabulous; beyond fabulous as the title indicates. I love the characters. I love the story. I love the style of writing the author uses. I love the twists and turns and I'm very antsy to hear the rest of the story when the next book comes out in a month or so. ...more info
  • Soo Much Better Than The First!!!
    Oh my goddess!!!!This book was soo much better than the first. The first book was more plot oriented, where as this one focused more on the emotional aspect of it. Everyone was trying to grow and cope with what has happened in "City of Bones". I loved how much Clary grew and matured in this book. All I have to say is read this book, you will not be dissappointed....more info
  • Terrific read
    I was surprised by the number of negative reviews because I found this to be an original and exciting series. Despite some of the dialogue trying too hard to be "kewl" at times, I thought the plot was excellent, the world well developed and intriguing, and the writing to be first rate. Clare's descriptions of places and characters are terrific and sometimes beautiful, particularly in this installment (it was more uneven in the first). I really like all the characters, I care about them, despite some of them occasionally being annoying - but that's like real people. And I'm impressed with the chance she has taken with the main love story (I don't want to put a spoiler here) - it takes some courage to promote a love story like that. I like the chances that Clare takes and can't wait to read City of Glass!...more info
  • inconsistent timing
    This book seemed like much less of a mush of other books than the first one in the series did, which was a relief. It picks up shortly after the first book left off, with all the main characters just recovering from the wounds they sustained in the big fight against Valentine's Forsaken. Which brings me to my only major problem with this book: the timeline. Although we're told that it was August during the events of City of Bones, in this book it seems to be late fall (there's always a chill in the air). Clary wakes up and eats a doughnut on her way to meet Simon, and then suddenly it's late afternoon. And a few more occasions of missing time...

    If you can ignore those inconsistencies, though, this is a good read. Plenty of twists and turns, and unexpected action. A few characters wind up not being dead a few too many times (an author can only pull that trick so many times before all the tension leaks away). And, although the book dragged in a few scenes (ok, Inquisitor, we get your point), I'll be waiting with a fair degree of anticipation of the (hopefully, since I don't think this story-line can last for more than one more book) last book in the trilogy....more info
  • ~*City of Ashes Review*~
    This book was AWESOME!! I loved the City of Bones which is the 1st book in this series in case you didn't know. And if you haven't read the 1st book in the series you need too!! Well Clary has found out that she has a brother, Jace, who in the 1st book she started crushin' on & they actually kissed. So now in City of Ashes they have to deal with the awkwardness of once having major feelings for each other. Now that they know that they are brother & sister they really have a hard time dealing with the situation. And moving on... Clarys best-friend Simon has confessed his love for her & she doesn't have the same feelings for him, but she totally loves him like a brother. Hmmm.. Clary has one messy situation on her hands in the guy department! Alec has started having somewhat of a relationship with Mangus Bane who is basicly the wizard on hand. Mangus is openly gay but Alec however is not and is terrified of being outed to everyone. Issabelle is same old Isabelle not alot going on with her that is one thing that I hope we get to find out in the next book in the series, what is she like. Because for me at least I feel like there is no background telling, really anything about her personal life in the books. Oh! However we do get to know Alec & Issabelle parents in this book. Also we find out alot more about Luke and meet a new weregirl Maia. She adds an interesting twist. One more thing Simons story also takes an interesting turn!! So if you are into YA Fantasy then this is a series you will love to read!! Be sure to read City of Bones first!! ...more info
  • Loved it!!!
    Great story plot for all of the books in the series as a whole. I would recommend to teens and young adults. ...more info
  • Great sequel, can't wait for the third installment!!
    The sequel to City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) is great! I thought this book was great, in it's character development and story line. In this first book, you were only privied to Clary's point of view. However, in the second book you get story told from Jace, Clary, Simon, and newcomer Maia. I think this was fantastic, because you were able to see how Jace saw Valentine and how hard it is for him to turn his back on his father. You are also able to see how feels about Clary. In the first, you knew how she felt about him and you figured he felt the same, especially in the end, but in the second, you knew exactly how he felt.

    The chapter with the Seelie Court, the next 3 chapters, and the ending chapters are the best of the whole book and leaves you with many questions. I can't wait to see if some of my ideas turn out to be true or if they, like all my other ideas, fall flat. A must read for any paranormal fan....more info
  • Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    I'm not sure what every one's problem is. I thought the book was great, with a lot of action and suspense. There's even a tease at the end to get readers wanting more.
    ***SPOILER ALERT****
    Okay all you goobers out there that don't read and comprehend at the same time. Don't you get it? They are not brother and sister! The novel is chock full of hints...Jace does not look anything like Clary, her mother, or Valentine. Valentine tells Clary his blood travels through her, but tells Jace he has the blood of angels. The fae queen tells them she knows a secret about them, then tells Jace to ask his father about his parentage. The Inquisitor looses her son and his wife (who is seven months pregnant)yet their bodies are missing. Hmmm...I wonder what happened to that unborn child? Gee, I don't know? Perhaps if I wasn't a moron I could figure it out. Then the Inquisitor dies saving Jace's life.
    ***end of spoiler****
    Okay, sorry for my tyrant...uncomprehending complainers seem to be a pet peeve of mine....more info
  • Loved It!
    I really enjoyed the entire series by Cassandra Clare. I am a big Twilight and Harry Potter fan, and this series gave me another world to live in. I fell in love with Clary and Jace and only wish that there could be more. I would love to see this series on the big screen. The opportunities for CGI and characters would be awesome!...more info