Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
The second book of The Mortal Instruments and it only gets intense. Clary is devasted because the creepy ass villain is her father and the beautiful boy she has fallen in love with is her brother. Her mother is still unconscious and Clary has no idea how to bring her mother back.
As the hunt for the second Mortal Instrument- the sword of the Angel continues, more secrets are discovered. Secrets that can destroy, secrets that are dark. One thing about Cassandra Clare’s writing that I love is how organized her writing is, no matter how shabby or brilliant. This book is an example of both, mainly because of the fact that it’s huge and some parts are weaker than the others.
The book starts with the musings of the previous book and the mental state of each character, and as the story progresses, the plot unfolds, which gives us time to align ourselves with the characters. The intensity increases towards the end and finally a scare-worthy ending. This is the pattern in almost all her books, which I find extremely easy to read and grasp.
City of Ashes is no exception. This book takes us to another world and we see more drama and action. especially the way Magnus Bane shines (okay! I might be a little biased 😛 but who doesn’t love Magnus Bane- The High Warlock of Brooklyn?)
“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”
I also liked how Jace’s character got more and more complicated and unpredictable. He is indeed a treat to read. We get to see more of Simon and Clary as more than friends, but as a reader, I crave for more of Jace and Clary, and I hope things get better between them,
or maybe they change worlds and start living in Westeros?
Definitely looking forward to ‘City of Glass’. I WANT VALENTINE DEAD.
Did you see the show ‘Shadowhunters’?