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Thursday, April 15, 2010

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Copyright: March 2009

Pages: 496

Rating: 5 Crowns


Welcome back to the exotic world beyond the shadows...

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?


Whoa, baby! City of Ashes is a breathtaking sequel, to Clare's 2008 epic debut, City of Bones! City of Ashes is a powerfully written adventure that holds on to your senses & fails to let go. This is 3D reading come to life in the form of the written word. Whew!

The action in City of Ashes is much more foreboding & the momentum is unrelenting, Clare delved deeper into her writer's arsenal to produce this phenomenal follow up. Ms. Clare's got skills and this definitely proves her debut wasn't a "fluke.

City of Ashes proves w/o a shadow of a doubt, Clare didn't succumb to the dreaded "sophomore slump" so many writer's often end up tangled in. *Applause* Applause*

Clare's well developed characters are a smooth blend of ruthless, vibrant, manipulative and courageous beings. Blockbuster proportions enfolded inside 496 pages of tantalizing goodness is what City of Ashes transmits.

I have to say, that there is a revelation to the series that totally grosses me out but for some reason, I think there is much more to this divulgement than what was disclosed.

City of Ashes launches the story arc into the stratosphere with the second installment of Clare's Mortal Instrument saga.

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elizabeth said...

Awesomne review! I love this series! Definitely one of my favorites.

AlleluiaLu said...

Absolutely love this series and can't wait to read her next one - actually it takes place in the past, but no worries - I'm sure it will be GREAT! These are the kinds of books that you can't put down until you've read the entire tome. Awesome!

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

I haven't started this series yet but it looks like I will have to soon.

ibeeeg said...

I liked the first book, but thought that this one fell a little flat. Glad you liked though.
Have you read the third book?

Jenny Girl said...

I just finished City of Bones and totally enjoyed it. Fast paced and good action. Glad to read the second is even better.

ck.twilighter said...

I just read this series and LOVED IT!!! I had to do a review on the whole 3 books in the series so far bc I didnt want to stop reading in order to write individual reviews!!=)

librarypat said...

Wait until you read the final book in the trilogy, CITY OF GLASS. She also has another trilogy based on the Shadowhunters. It should be great.