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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

Margaret K. McElderry Books | March 24, 2009 | Trade Paperback

City of Ashes is rated 4.65 out of 5 by 60.
Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.4 in

Published: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416972242

ISBN - 13: 9781416972242

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great world to be in! This series just keeps getting better and better. With the cliffhanger from the first book, City of Bones, I had to dive into this one immediately after finishing — even now, reading this book for what’s now the third time! While Cassandra Clare is somewhat formulaic in her stories, I still think she’s an amazing writer who can keep her readers engaged until the very end. This story, City of Ashes, is about Clary coming into her newfound powers, having to deal with her newfound brother — not boyfriend — Jace, and there’s still the hunt for Valentine. To me, Valentine is like the Voldemort of these books. He’s there, he’s evil, and he just can’t stay away from the shadow hunters. I was crushed — crushed! — at the end of City of Bones when we found out that Jace and Clary were brother and sister and was still on pins and needles through this entire book awaiting the ending (– this is how bad my memory is. I was still completely entranced by the book and had no clue what was going on. I knew bits and pieces but a lot of it was still a surprise.). The best thing about Cassandra Clare’s writing is her characters. It’s hard not to love Jace — even if the narrator (a different one from the previous book) makes him sound snarky — and it’s easy to hate Simon. Even if Simon and Clary keep trying to have some kind of romantic connection, I just don’t see it because I hate Simon. I can never understand why Clary doesn’t hate him, too. My only problem with these books — and with the characters — is that Clary never listens. She’s whiny and is constantly fawning over either Jace or Simon and just can’t make up her mind (which is a little reminiscent of a girl named Bella Swan). I’m not sure if it’s just the narrator of the audiobook, or if it’s Simon’s character in general, but I found him to be snarky, smug, and just an arrogant “butt-faced miscreant” (to quote the Gilmore Girls). He drove me nuts, to no end! I did, however, really love Isabelle’s character (even if she sounded a bit ditzy) and I am completely enamoured with Magnus Bane. Even now, now that I’ve already listened to two of the audiobooks in this series, I’m still hesitant about listening to a female narrate Magnus, but each narrator has gotten it right. I can’t wait to finally listen to a male narrator in the fourth book of this series (and Ed Westwick, at that. A very swoon-worthy male!), and really, I’m quite happy to finally be reading this series again after so many years. Like I’ve said, Cassandra Clare is just a darn good writer. She can suck you in from the first pages into her world of shadow hunters, werewolves, demons, warlocks … it’s just a great world to be in!
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/city-of-ashes-book-review.html In the second book we find Clary and Jace struggling to accept that they brother and sister and nothing more even thought their feelings tell otherwise. If that wasn’t enough they have to go through the stares and whispers as now everyone knows that they are Valentine’s children. I loved this book as much as the first one and maybe more. You get to know the characters better and see the powerful but strange relationship Jace and Clary have. The drama is bigger and the pain and acceptance that Jace and Clary are siblings are enough to handle without the murders. Someone is murdering Downworlders and Simon is acting strange. Magnus is acting as usual but somehow has focused more on Alec. Isabelle is insane as always and Jace more brooding as it can get. Valentine is supposed to be the villain but to me he didn’t seem like one. His actions seemed to be planted on the go and he lacked motivation. As the bad guy I thought I would some minions working for him.... where are they when you need them? I can’t think of a villain that didn’t have or didn’t control other people for personal use. But we find out later on why is that (on the 3rd book) so I am not going to spoil it for you. J When the second mortal instrument is stolen though, they suspect Jace. Jace is now wondering what to do next to prove that he is innocent and for the first time we see him scared as he faces the accusations. Overall.... I loved it! One of favourites for sure and I can’t wait for the third book. You should definitely read this one if you want a strong, suffering love story with a dark and funny adventure background. I didn’t give it 5 stars as the previous book because I thought it needed more action scenes.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Summer Read This is the second in The Mortal Instruments series, in which Clary, who has recently discovered a whole world of Shadowhunters, demons, vampires and werewolves, hiding in the real world. I love the idea of a whole world hiding in plain sight, as it were. In this book, Clary and the Shadowhunters are trying to stop Valentine, her father, from using demons to take over the world. The story is exciting and there is lots of action. However, I still did not like this book as much as the first one, City of Bones. I felt as if this was a transition book, with everyone running around and reacting to things rather than a strong overall story. I know there is the plot of stopping Valentine, but everyone just keeps reacting. I was also a little disappointed that Clary was not stronger. After the first book, I was hoping that she would become a more take charge, competent character. I felt like she spent running around after others and when she did do something, it was by accident. However, she is still young and this book did only take place days after the first one, so I still hold out hope for her. This novel, like the first, does have some interesting twists and foreshadows even more - which definitely keeps the reader reading and waiting for the next book. I don't want to say too much about this, but I am hoping for some big shake ups in the third book. Jace, the young, good looking jerk from the first book, does soften a bit in this one, which is nice. I am not sure about the relationship between Clary and Jace though. I don't want to give away any of the plot (if you have not read City of Bones, you may want to stop reading now), but I don't like the story line of them being brother and sister, but still having a romantic attraction. I can also see the foreshadowing that they are not actually brother and sister, but they think that they are and I find the whole scenario a bit much and kind of creepy. I found some of the other characters in this book to be the most interesting, for example, Simon, Mangus, Alec and Isabelle. They are really good, interesting supporting characters with a lot of personality and are not as caught up in feeling so morose (except for maybe Alec). I did enjoy reading City of Ashes - it is a fun summer read, and will certainly read the next in the series. I can really see teenage girls liking this book, as well as those who like urban fantasy.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it After reading the first book City of Bones there was no way i could not keep going. I couldnt put the book down. It just keeps you wondering whats next.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Awesome Awesome! Absolutely love this series!!!! Such a great series. I was a little worried in the beginning but the series is fantastic!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not quite as good as the first but still wonderful I really enjoyed reading this book, it was a great follow up to City of Bones, that being said it sort of reminded me of "the Two Towers" from the Lord of the Rings. A book that while a great stepping stone in an epic tale, it can't quite stand alone. That being said it's a part of a series and was not meant to stand on it's own. Readers of this will voraciously head for City of Glass once they close the cover on City of Ashes.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT !! (No spoilers IF you read Book 1) IF you read Book 1, City of Bones, THEN, there aren’t any spoilers in this review. If you’re reading this review, I assume you read Book 1. City of Ashes is book 2 in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. (I was going to say trilogy, but I just realized there is a Book 4 coming out in the near future, so I’ll stick to series). I believe City of Ashes has a strong and exciting story line. As in book 1, the story is mainly told from Clary’s perspective. This is perfect since you get to live, and feel, her still quite “human” and “every day” girl reactions, and wonder in this new and secret world of the Shadowhunters. The story will take you through the development of important events happening in book 1 (City of Bones), such as her new disturbing and confusing relationship with her new found brother, JACE. The boy she desires, but, of course, can’t, and shouldn’t, have. You’ll feel their struggle with the fact that they are brother and sister. Or her strong feelings for SIMON, her lifelong best friend. The boy she would rather have as a brother and not a boy friend. All this drama, without it being the center of the story, adds to all the excitement going on. Their characters, Clary, Jace and Simon, are more profoundly developed, and you get to learn a lot more about them. We also get to learn more about some other characters we met in Book 1, like Alec, Luke, Magnus (who I love), etc; their roles and personalities are more deeply defined. And some new characters join in the ride. For example, we get to meet Isabelle and Alec’s parents: MARYSE and ROBERT LIGHTWOOD. You will also have the delight to meet IMOGEN, The Inquisitor. A bit of a pain, for she is the one who determines the right type of punishment in the Shadowhunter world. You can think of her as the leader, or representative, of what we could call the Shadowhunter Police Force! She takes care of rebellions and infractions. And let’s not forget VALENTINE! In my City of Bones review, I mentioned I found Valentine to not be scary and evil enough. Not too convincing, I thought, as the evil guy. Well… that changes in City of Ashes. Now that we know he’s Jace and Clary’s father, and that he’s running after the Mortal Instruments, you’ll get to see how evil he can be to his 2 children, without mentioning the rest, and his lust for power and destruction. Personally I now think that Ms. Clare managed to give Valentine a quite intriguing role. I can’t wait to see what he’s up to next, in book 3. You’ll love to hate him! There is a lot of emotional tension all through the story. It’s a fast paced, well written, engaging and intriguing read. I’m all excited about Book 3 . Happy reading!
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from great tone, weird relationships City of Ashes was an excellent sequel to City of Bones. Cassandra Clare's writing has a tone and personality to it that makes me feel like we'd get along great. Theres a sarcasm and darkness that is somehow light as a feather, flowing beautifully. The action is steady and the characters interesting. What really draws me in though is the structure of the world, the hierarchies and prejudices. I've been thinking a lot about what MMO (massive multiplayer online role playing game) I want to get into, and yesterday I made the argument to my boyfriend that Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments would make a fantastic game. You could be a shadowhunter, vampire, werewolf, warlock, fay or mundane. There's so much potential there, especially with the potential for designing runes if you were a character like Clary. If such a game is ever made, I will definitely check it out. *spoiler alert if you haven't read City of Bones The one major thing that bothered me about this book is that it's marketed as sexy but the major "love story" is between characters who believe themselves to be siblings. I'm pretty confident that Jace will turn out not to be the Jonathan they believe he is, but the situation is just icky. Any sexual tension just makes me feel awkward, witnessing incest isn't my cup of tea (not that I like tea...). I'm already halfway through City of Glass, so I'll be posting about that soon.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Sophmore Slump Here! I have to admit that my reaction to the first book in this series, City of Bones, was not the most positive; however, Cassandra Clare has taken the framework that she lays through the first novel and expands it into the realm of fantastical brilliance! Again, I am not a fan of Clare's writing style, but the story itself is so entrancing and the characters that I loved after reading the first book continue to get better and better! I liked the first book, but I loved this one! Clary, Jace and their friends are such an an amazing cast of characters and I am so looking forward to reading what happens in the third novel!
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare -- After the being shoved into a world of demons and other downworlders, Clary is dealing with things surprisingly well considering everything that is going on around her. But as Valentine’s plan starts to become clearer, and important people in the Clave can’t be trusted to follow the law, bad things start to happen one after the other – and something has to be done. While Jace is deciding who’s side he’s on, and Simon is going through a transformation that will change his whole life, Clary is still trying to find a way to wake up her mother – and make sure to defeat Valentine once and for all. -- I have to say a few thing about this book. I really enjoyed it, and I love this one just like I loved the first one, but that comes with some of the same problems. I remember last time saying things about how it was a little bit too full of descriptions and that sort of thing… well the writing style didn’t really improve for this book. I kept on getting distracted because of the amount of describing that was going on – especially in the actions scenes. I don’t know… it might be because I was tired and just reading this book because I had nothing better to do, but I felt like the plot didn’t really develop all that much. I mean, it was interesting and engaging but almost just a middle sort of thing before the next book (which is pretty much what it was.) But still… I don’t know. There was one thing that I have always loved about the first book that continued onto this one. Which was the constant romance problems going on between the characters… I think that was the root of my interest level, because honestly, there was parts in that book that were just amazing to read. Amazing novel, amazing series, AS ALWAYS. Don’t mind my grump. Yeah, I was going to put 3.5 but I settled for 4. So, here is the website as usual. http://cassandraclare.com/cms/home LATER CHEESE GRATERS, MRR
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE it this book is so good like i really mean so good. sadly (SPOILERS) jace and Clary are brother and sister. i was hoping they get back to the cuddling bear situation but no CASSANDRA wants us to suffer
Date published: 2011-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Addictive When I sat down to write a review of this book, I ran into a problem. First City of Bones was so good I bought and read this book before reviewing it. I am even a third through City of Glass before coming back to review this one. The writing in this series is just so good, I did not even want to stop and write a review but keep reading. This book continues almost immediately after City of Bones, The conflict and tension between Clary and Jace is at a new high. The triangle of Clary, Jace and Simon has new and interesting twists. Alex is accepting his sexuality and though many react negatively to his being homosexual, Clare does a good job of handing the subject matter. The battle between Valentine and the Clave takes a dark and deadly twist. Down Worlder children are being murdered and their blood drained. The Inquisitor has been sent to investigate Jace and his father Valentine. Valentine's quest for the Mortal instruments is intensifying. But questions about who is more unstable arise - The Inquisitor of Valentine? I can only say this is a great book in an excellent series by and amazing author. I cannot recommend her writing enough.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words The hunt continues for Valentine in this, the second installment in the Mortal Instruments series. Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle, and Alex are back along with a host of old and new characters. This installment ups the ante and brings more surprising twists, as well as more questions. This book is definitely action-packed and secondary characters are now brought to the forefront. We also get a more detailed look at the Shadowhunter world. Clary is still getting used to the idea that she is a Shadowhunter, but she has to learn quickly if she wants to stay alive. Surprise revelations from the last book make this one more interesting in regards to the dynamics of several relationships. It's intriguing to see what is going to happen, and what boundaries have been laid down. What happens when certain boundaries are crossed? Well, you'll just have to read the book to find out. Quips fly when Jace and Simon are together. Their banter is witty and amusing and keeps the story moving when the action is low. All in all, City of Ashes is an absorbing read. It is full of exhilarating action, and just the right amount of slow scenes to have you wishing for more. This is definitely an excellent follow up to City of Bones.
Date published: 2010-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just as good as City of Bones This book was just as good as the first one. Still filled with action, and intrigue. There were plenty of twists, especially when it come to some characters (Simon being the major prime example). I really did enjoy reading Simon’s story arc. It was just so interesting and there was so much development to his character. I just really like Simon overall. It did certainly feel as if he had a personality change. He wasn’t the fun loving guy anymore but was replaced by a more serious, older sounding Simon. I liked the transition as it wasn’t done in just one go. It was gradual, starting with issues with Clary and Jace, to other more life changing moments (I don’t want to give it away). The plot was really good and interesting. It was a good mixture of action, a bit of romance, and funny wit all in one. There were plenty of parts where I found myself laughing at a comment or two - usually done by either Jace or Clary. Now down to the ugly part. I’m going to have to say this. I hear everybody raving about it and how awesome he is, how “hot” he is etc etc. I’m going to say it. Brace yourselves. I hate Jace. I really do. Wow do I really hate him. I’d like to jump into the book and punch him. That or I hope Simon does me the favor one day. Hopefully. Why do I hate him? he’s arrogant. He’s a jerk. He’s selfish. I admit yes there are some quotes from him that made me laugh but to me, he’s not boyfriend material. In fact he’s just a douche in my eyes. I don’t understand the appeal there is to this guy. Plus he ruins everything. Clary and Simon were doing just fine until Jace had to goose step in thinking he’s the hottest thing since the Twilight characters. Also Clary was really starting to get to me throughout the last half of the book. I don’t understand her. She whines about being with Simon, and then thinks lusty thoughts about Jace - and here I am thinking that if I really wanted to read a book with brother and sister being ‘together’ I’d pull out Flowers in the Attic. It was getting to the point where I was just about to do so. I’m really glad Clary got her come uppins in the end in the love department. She really did deserve that for being so wishy washy. Right now I don’t know what to think about her. I used to like her a lot but after this thing with Jace and Simon I’m not so sure. The ending was good and left at a real cliffhanger. I am looking forward to getting the third book to see what happens. Overall, the series is so far, really good and has been an exciting read. I am definitely looking foward to reading City of Glass.
Date published: 2010-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review I’m officially in love with this series. I keep asking myself why I didn’t start the books sooner but I’m so glad I finally got around to it. Clary and Jace now know that they are brother and sister but they can’t help how they feel about each other and that there’s still a spark there. Little hints have been dropped that indicate that they might not be related so it’s still not a 100% for certain thing. Along with that, they are still learning things about themselves and discover that they have abilities that make them more than the average Shadowhunter. Cassandra Clare’s writing is phenomenal. I was never sure what evil and hurtful thing Valentine would do next and there were so many surprises in this second book. There were two big moments in the story where it seemed like something terrible happened to two of the central characters which had me both glued to the story and dreading the possibly horrible outcome.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YESSSSSSSS These are great and highly addictive!!
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read Series!! Yet another fabulous installment in the Mortal Instrument series. Poor Clary a normal girl thrown into a magical world she never asked to be in, with Jace who she once loved in one way and then to find out he's her brother, and evil most evil ex- Shadow-Hunter Valentine is their father. If you think that's not bad enough Clary's mother is in a magically induced coma, and Jace is on the "believe Valentine is a good guy" mentality. I love all the new characters, the twist and turns in this book and the mystery. The question is: Is it actually Valentine who is killing the other Down-Worlder kids, and the sword was it Jace or not who stole it. Read and see, I know it hurts to wait. Back to the book; I know its incest, but I hope just hoped throughout the book that Jace and Clary would actually make a move on each other. This book keeps giving and you can't put it down it's like the books putting a spell on you! I loved this book, I'm also really enjoying this series. I adore how each book had it's own point of view and how they each view for example vampires different. I love how Cassandra Clare's writes, it has beautifully written descriptions you can actually see the story in your head. I love the covers for these books very eye catching, and unique. I think if you haven't read this series yet you need to get on this, it is a must read. I'm sorry to the people reading this who have yet to read City of Bones I'm honestly sorry if I did spoil any of the book to you (you should still read it!!) I tried avoiding it, but I just can't!! If you enjoyed the Evernight series, Vampire Academy, Blue Bloods, etc, then you will surely love this book. City of Ashes includes all the favorite magical characters; Vampires, Faeries, Werewolves, and more...
Date published: 2010-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just keeps getting better **Contains Spoilers** With the realization that they are brother and sister toward the end of City of Bones, the second book City of Ashes continues right where the last one left off. Clary and Jace are torn between the obvious attraction they still have for one another, but won’t act on it because of the whole incest thing!! She and her best friend Simon sort of try dating…. Luke’s a werewolf, her mother’s in a coma, Valentine is psychotic, still at large and potentially killing innocent downworlder children… Just like the first book, could not put it down, draws you in and keeps you captivated!!!
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars. Better than the first This is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series and I have to say I thought this one was better than the first and I did like the first one. Overall I think the story has an interesting spin that other books don't have but I still feel like there is something missing but I don't know what it is. One thing thats really great about the books is Jace I think he is a great character and I was really upset when we found out Clary was his sister because I really want them to get together, but you never know what might happen. I will be starting the third book to see what it's like.
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exciting Series that Keeps you Reading! Oh wow!! I am done the second book, as of this morning, and still in awe of what all happened in this book. I can't wait to read "City of Glass" to see how this all turns out at the end. If you like the supernatural books, Twilight, or Kelley Armstrong's series, you'll love this series as well! It just keeps me going, having to know what happens next and see the secrets revealed about Jace and Clary. This is a MUST READ series!
Date published: 2009-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great sequel that keeps you on edge The second book in the Mortal Instruments Series picks up right where the first one left off-with Valentine on the loose, Clary's mother in some sort of weird, magical coma, Luke a werewolf, and Jace being Clary's brother...and still really rude and obnoxious and unbelievably cute... Now, there's even more going on! Murder's are being committed all over...murder's of Downworlder children. All their blood is drained and their bodies are left behind to rot. Could it be Vampires? Or something much more sinister? Meanwhile, Clary is struggling with her feelings for Simon, her best friend since birth...and also with her feelings for Jace, her brother. Everytime she looks at him her heart leaps into her throat and she hates herself for it. All your favorite characters are in this one-Isabelle, Magnus Bane, Alec...and we're, of course, introduced to some new ones. I found this book even better than the first, what with us being so deep into the story now, that all the crazy twists and turns were taking place.Cassandra Claire knows right when to place a moment, a great piece of dialogue here, an epic battle there, it all fits together perfectly. This is one of those books you won't want to pass up... especially if you've already read City of Bones.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What Would You do if You Fell for the Wrong Person but it was too Late? This book picks up right were the first one left off. Clary's life has gotten alot more complicated ever since she discovered that she is a shadowhunter. Her mother is in some kind of magical coma that no one can get her out of, Luke, the man that she has grown up with and practcally a father to her, is a werewolf, Valentine, her newly discovered father, has escaped with the Mortal Cup, and she has a new brother, Jace. And it looks like things are just going to continue to get even more complicated. The whole Shadow world is falling apart, not only has there been no sign of Valentines where about and the Mortal cup, but there's something that has been killing downworlder children. First a young worlock was found dead and drane drained of blood, then a werewolf boy was attacked out side of a popular werewolf hang out, and now a fea child was drained of blood. All evidence is pointing to the Children of the Night, but there leader swears that it is not them that have been murdering the downworlder children. So now it is up to Clary and her new friends to uncover what is really happenning in the Shadow World, while also dealing with there own personal problems, Jace is being acused of conspiering with his father against the Clave, Clary is trying to give Simon a chance, and even though they have now discovered that they are brother and sister, Jace and Clary are having trouble hidding their feelings for each other, but it may be to late, have they already begun to fall in love. I thought that this was a great sequl to the first book, City of Bones. It picked up right were the first left off and never skiped a beet. The characters continue to get further developed and seem almost real. Clare has done an amazing job creating a story line that keeps you hang on it's every word. She knows exactly were to put all the twists and turns that keep you guessing and wanting to read more to find out what will happen next. I think that I may have like this one even more then the first, there was more action and the plot just keeps getting thicker and thicker, and now I can't wait to start the next book to find out what will happen in the end. I would recommend this book to anyone, if you like a book with adventure, secrets, love, and the paranomal than your sure to love this book. Also if you've read the first book and loved it you will not be disapointed with this one.
Date published: 2009-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better Than I Expected :) After finishing City of Bones, I went straight to City of Ashes, expecting it to be as great as City of Bones. And I was right. The last couple of chapters + the epilogue was what reeally made the book - in my opinion. There was a good amount of action, twists and interesting discoveries in City of Ashes. But what really made me wonder in the end, was what Imogen wanted to say to Jace. Hmmm, I wonder .. Now it's onto City of Glass , hopefully they`ll have the paperback addition soon enough. (: 4/5
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ugh... way too amazing for words! Ok I know I loved the first one but oh my god this was an absolute amazing follow up. The series keeps me wanting to read more!
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!!! I really loved this book again Clary and Jace get into a whole lot of things love for one another and fighting to keep things right. =)
Date published: 2009-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If These Places Were Real They'd Be the Number One Vacation Spots Please ignore the Cheesy Review Title. Anyway so the title might be a bit cheesy but the book: NO way! Cassandra Clare has done it again with her second book of the Mortal Instruments series, City Of Ashes. This book is filled with adventure that is unbelievable to imagine, and romance that Romeo And Juliet would be jealous of! Lol! Anyways I really recommend this series, I thought it was beautifully written and it all fit together like a puzzle. The characters just keep getting better and better throughout the books, so far I this one was better than the First one!
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book in the entire series. <3!(:
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Had me screaming, so yeah... great book. I really love this series. You know it is a good book when you finish it and you are yelling and screaming at it. Any book that gets me into it that much and can provoke that much emotion is good in my eyes. Honestly I don't know where the last book ended and this one began, which is a sign of a great trilogy, but here goes... In this book (middle of three) Clary is dealing with her 'new life' and the whole new forbidden love thing (which is what had me screaming at the end, i HATE it when they do THAT!!!). Jace is trying to deal with his new look on his family and basically everyone is trying to deal with Valentine. I don't want to give away too much as you just need to read it. So what is there left to say? I really love this series so far (yes even with the anger I was feeling) and now have the last book so I will leave and go read that. Please pick this up and give it a try.
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC Great series read the first one City of Bones and could not wait to get my hands on this one to continue the story. Absolutely loved it. Recommend it to anyone to read if into the paranormal reading.
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how to explain a book that blows you away... so... how do you really explain a book that really does blow you away. im in love with this series. and i have one more book left. and when i think about it, it makes me sadd. cuz this is such a great novel. such a great series so farr. that YOU HAVE TO READ! and i really do hate myself for not reading it early. atleast i had a great summer series to read so farr. cannot wait to see what happens in city of glass ( L)
Date published: 2009-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A bit more edgey, but love the series! I absolutely love this series. It always has me hooked from the beginning. Once again we have our heroine Clary who is torn between helping her mother, her "boyfriend" SImon and shadowhunter Jace. *Spoiler* I am a little unsure about the storyline about Clary and Jace being brother and sister for the age group it is intended. But the fact that they are so torn apart makes you want them together even more. Which is what I am unsure about because you are left aching for them to be together when you know how wrong it is as a reader as well??!! Eitehr way, again an action packed story that will have you from beginning to end!!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book! This book just has so much action in it thats it's hard just to put down to take a break. I'm really looking forward to reading 'City of Glass'. I'm so sad I don't have it yet! :(
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked WOAH!! So i've finished reading this book and i'm itching to get the third one!! It's one of the series where you just have to read them one after the other. I've read spoilers on the City of Glass and it's just made me want to go out and get it ASAP...but i've had no time:( IT's a good read. Start from the beginning!!!!
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from O M G...(Spoilers) Okay I can definately forsee something else happening with Jace and Clary with the whole "boyfriend" thing now done with Simon...but the best part is I have no idea how they are going to NOT BE BRO and SIS, which is so wicked. I love how while you know it is going to happen, you don't know how!!!!!
Date published: 2009-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yay!!! Even Better :) So much happens in this book that when it ends the reader is left begging for more!!! The relationship between Jace and Clary becomes tragically intense. I've got my fingers crossed. The plot and the characters are developed really well in Cassandra Clare's outstanding imaginary world. I love this series sooooo much. I'm starting "City of Glass" right away!!!
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Second Book This was the 2nd instalment of the Mortal Instrument Series. Clary’s life is no longer normal after everything she learns about her past in City of Bones. Her mother remains in a coma and Clary attempts to find a way to remove the spell. Clary and Simon start to grow closer but Simon may no longer be human. Clary and Jace try to deal with the awkwardness of knowing they are siblings after they started to have feelings for one another in book 1. It was very hard seeing them as siblings and my heart broke for the two of them. Alec and Magnus grow closer and we meet Alec and Isabelle’s parents. Valentine has now stolen the second of the Mortal instruments and attempts to sway Jace to join him. The follow up to City of Bones was even better. I really love the characters and they go into greater deps. A great read!
Date published: 2009-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first This one was even better than City of Bones. It is action packed and suspenceful with no dull moments. Romantic tension and tons of hilarious sarcastic humour throughout. Loving this series!
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love it!! Honestly, I think that The Mortal Instruments is an amazing series of books (dare I say better than the Twilight Saga?? Oh no I didn't LOL). I read this book in a day and a half. I am dying to get my hands on City of Glass to see how things end. Cassandra Clare's story and characters are exciting . I feel like I'm right there interacting in the story. I am secretly in love with Jace!! HA HA HA!!
Date published: 2009-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best series I've read since Twilight! The was the second book in the series and it did not disappoint. I stayed up till 3 in the morning because I couldn't put it down. I love the writing in these books; the dialogue between character and different demons and Downworlder's. It's a creative gem that should be read be everyone. Read it! You won't be sorry. And S-P-O-I-L-E-R A-L-E-R-T ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ********** **** * **** ********** **** * I wrote the spoiler backwards incase someone accidently reads it. !detaler er'yeht kniht t'nod I
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As AMAZING as the first one! ONE OF MY FAVOURITES!! This is one of my favourite series and a book that I absolutely love! I love reading it again and again!! Right from the very first page, you'll be sucked into Clary's world. You won't put the book down until it's done, that's for sure! Clary knows now that she can never be normal again. Her mother may be saved from Valentine, but she still won't wake up. And of course, Valentine, having escaped with the Mortal Cup at the end of City of Bones (the first novel), is up to no good again and has some unfinished business. Clary may be with Simon now, but she still loves Jace, even though she knows that she can't ever be with him (if you've read the first one, you'll know what I mean, but it not, then I've saved you by not spoiling it...). Shadowhunters (demon hunters), werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries! Plus, lots more action, suspense, plot twists, surprises, and a great build up to a wicked ending... how can you go wrong? You'll be begging for the final installment in the series, City of Glass, by the time you're done.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I cannot wait for the third book to come out! It just keeps getting better. This triligoy keeps you wanting more and wondering if the characters are really who they are!
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as the first This book was as good as the first. Loved all the characters and the storyline. It's a fun and entertaining book full of suspense, humour, action, friendship, and a bit of love. Great read. Can't wait for the third.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great book I just finished reading City of Ashes for the third time and I think the person on the cover Ms .Clare newest book is Clary's real brother !And I also think that Jace is the Inquistor son Stephen!!!Anyone else out there think the same ? I can't wait to find out ,just a few more monthes !
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, Just as Expected So, after finishing "City of Bones" I immediately went out to buy the sequel, wondering if it would be as good as the first. I was surprised when I discovered it was even better! Dwelling deeper into the world of Shadowhunters, "City of Ashes" follows the original gang as they face bigger challenges and the aftermath of the events that occurred in the first novel. A few new characters are introduced while the older ones are explored further, revealing interesting things about each. The plot becomes even more twisted and exciting as new scenarios sprout up, bringing drama, action, and all the funny one liners you can handle. If you enjoyed the first book than you will definitely love this one!
Date published: 2009-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sequel lives up to the standards of the first THis book was just as excellent as the first one. All the things i fell in love with the first one came back in the second plus a few extra surprises. I highly recommend for anyone who has read city of bones to read this awesome novel as well and anyone who hasn't read this trilogy and is looking for an amazing read to pick it up!
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny story... See, i've finished City of Ashes a long time ago already, and today i picked it up again and randomly opened it to a page and found myself reading it again. i actually finished the book all over again! xD That's how good it is. It captures you again and again and you can't help yourself but to finish the story. This is one of my favourite books, and i love cassandra clare. i can't wait till City of Glass comes out in march!!
Date published: 2009-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing book Cassandra Clare is a genuis. I've never read a book thats only taken me half a day to read. She captivates you, good luck trying to put this book down. I just Started the secound one yesterday morning and finished it a couple of minutes ago(could of finished it yesterday but i stopped myself i wanted to cherish it ). The storyline is ingenius and this is a book that i will read over and over again. The personalities of the characters is priceless. Simon on the other hand, is such a dork. I think if Jace were a real human, he would be pretty famous in his own way. Clary is a girl that everyone should look up to, she is brave, curious, beautiful and strong. I don't know what else to say but Cassandra Clare, WRITE MORE BOOKS!!!!
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All Time Favourite ***** Spoiler Alert***** I'm EXTREMELY glad I hadn't missed out the series The City of Bones. I was assigned to read City of Bones to do a movie trailer for my media class in English however I was ALWAYS wanting to read the series because of it's title. It was something different to me and it stood out. Fortunately, because of my curiousity I had read the sequel to it named City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I wanted to know how Clary was going to digest the fact that Simon had been in love with her for ten years, the fact that she is in love with her brother, Jace and now knows that her father isn't dead and that his name is Valentine Morgenstern. This sequel was EVEN better than the City of Bones and as the plot moves on, the sequels get better and better. This is one of my ALL time favourites. I loved this series and I haven't read something EXTREMELY amazing in quite some time. I recommend this novel to anyone that loves to have a great taste of romance and action combined together. I cannot wait for the third sequel City of Glass comming out on the 24th of March, 2009 !!! =)
Date published: 2008-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW This book was so good. I read the whole thing in one day. I couldnt put it down. It is amazing I am dieing to find out what happens next and I cant believe I have to wait until March 24! This series is much better than Twilight and Harry Potter combined. It has mystery, magic, love, and everything else a good book should have. I love Jace and Simon, I cant believe Clary and Jace are siblings I mean they were almost TOGETHER! Then Simon finally admits that he loves Clary and she doesnt love him like that and then he turns into a vampire! O my gosh!!!!!! It is so fricken good. I seriously would recommend this book to anybody who enjoyed the Twilight or the Harry Potter series. It is a little hard at first to sort out all the terminology but once you do it is great! A absolute must read! I will defidently be reading this series again and again and agian.
Date published: 2008-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! After seeing all the negative reviews on amazon I'm glad that this book seems to be getting a more positive reaction here. I think that the main reason people have a problem with Cassie Clare is because she was famous for her fan fiction before she actually got published. As a fan of her fan fiction, this aspect of her background doesn't bother me. After reading her famous Draco Trilogy which I love, was a little disappointed with her first original novel (City of Bones) because I know that she can do much better. It was good, but it wasn't as good as if should have been. With City of Ashes, Clare really comes into her own. She does one of the things that in my opinion made the Draco Trilogy great- rotating point of view. With City of Bones we were mostly seeing everything through Clary's eyes, which killed a lot of the potential suspense of the story, and got a little boring. In City of Ashes we flip between Clary, Jace, Luke, Alec, even Valentine a bit, which means we're seeing lots of different scenes at once and there is a lot more suspense and excitement. I like the changes the characters go through as well, though I won't give anything away. Overall, a great read,
Date published: 2008-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even Better than the First I don't even know what to say, I just thought this book was amazing. Lots of people complain about her relating back to her Harry Potter Fanfic roots, and copying J.K. Rowling, but(I am an AVID Harry Potter fan) I never even made the connection until I read people's reviews. I was too caught up in the storyline. I think both City of Bones and Ashes are great works in themselves.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good. I needed to read this right away to find out what happened to the characters and what direction the story would take after all the frustrating excitement of City of Bones. Again, the story pulls you through the pages until you are dissapointed that you've come to the end. With some things left unresolved, I cannot wait to read the next book when it finally comes out.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Complete Satisfyer ..once again Just like the first book this was an excellent read. It had lots of things going on so i don't want to hear anyone saying this was a slow read or boring et cetera!! It was simply fantastic and i cant wait till the third book comes out although the wait is going to be excruciating. I liked the twists and turns this book brought with it and i LOVED the fact that Simon finally gave up with him and Clary ever being an item. It gives me hope that in the third book her and Jace will finally be together!!! [ i realize this may be wrong for obvious reasons but quite frankly i don't give a crap :) ] so in conclusion i recommend this book to anyone who reads ! Go buy the two books that are out...NOW!!! :)
Date published: 2008-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I wish there had been books like this when I was a teen. Amazingly well-written and adult but still with the sense of a teenager. I loved it and cannot believe the next one only comes out in March 2009. Definetly recommend.
Date published: 2008-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clare Is Definitely Carving Her Niche Such a fantastic read. Clare has continued the misadventures of Clary in this second novel with just as much sass and drama as the first one. What I love about this is that it's a good versus evil story but at heart really just a fight against racism and bigotry. There's plenty of character growth and most importantly, a lot of them that become less narrow minded and appreciative of people for who they are, and not just their "race." There are also lots of similarities between the Mortal Instruments series and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Those are quite obvious but don't overly detract from the story. You can see the homage, but at the same time Clare's created a very unique universe populated with outspoken and colourful characters. The character I found shone the most in this novel was really Simon. His character, seemingly just a secondary one in the first story, becomes more necessary this time around for Clary. I look forward to the third installment and this has definitely fallen under an author I'd recommend to any young reader.
Date published: 2008-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW WOW WOW again!!!!!!!!!!! Yet another GREAT book ,I can't wait for the next book ! This book is a MUST and I repeat a MUST read book .The way Ms.Clare writes its like you are the characters ,I can't write enough about Ms Clare's book ,JUST READ THEM FOR YOURSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic!! Reading City of Ashes and its partner City of Bones was like a breath of fresh air, I truly loved both of the books and I cant wait for City of Glass to appear on our shelves next spring. The only disappointing part of both books was when Clary and Jace find out they are related, which puts a downer on most relationships, dont you think? If you loved this book you will also love Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer.
Date published: 2008-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! The first two books into the series by Cassandra Clare is amazing. I litterally finished reading the first two books in 3 days. It suspensful and action packed with just the right amount of romance, I felt so connected with the Clary. Honestly, I would say it they're the best books I've read since the Twilight series (I can't wait for Breaking Dawn!). Pick it up, take a look, and tell me how you like it!
Date published: 2008-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! In City of Bones we were introduced to the riveting world of Shadowhunters as well as a stunning cast of characters. City of Ashes commences with Clary and her friends in a precarious situation. Clary's mother is still in a coma, the Clave is under the belief that Jace is a spy for Valentine and Clary's friend Simon continues to pursue her romantically. We finally get to meet Alec and Isabelle's parents, The Lightwoods. Maryse (Mrs. Lightwood) doubts Jace's word ever since the relevation of him being Valentine's son. Afraid that Valentine has sent Jace as a spy in the Clave, she insists that he leaves the Insitute. Her doubt also leads her to call The Inquisitor to question Jace about Valentine. And Maryse and the Inquisitor believe in Jace. In fact, the Inquisitor seems to have a personal grudge against Jace and subjects him to horrible punishments and unwarranted imprisonments. Valentine's latest plan is to steal the Soul-Sword and transform it from a demon killing sword to a sword to kill the members of the Clave. But this transformation requires the blood of different types of young Downworlders, causing danger to Simon and Maia, a member of Luke's path. Along with the increasing danger and the discovery that Jace and Clary may have some unknown powers, City of Ashes furthur explores the characters...Alec and Magnus are developed more and Luke's motives for helping Clary's mother are also revealed. Clary's friend Simon also encounters some problems of his own. And of course, Clary and Jace are still trying to get used to their new status as brother and sister. Cassandra Clare has written a fabulous sequel to City of Bones, one that readers should not miss. I found myself turning the pages as rapidly as possible as I so desperately wanted to know what would happen. It's one of my new favourites.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting ***Caution spoilers from last book*** i loved the last book up until Jay turned out to be her brother but they were in love, it got into a very sticky mess. i'm looking forward to seeing how she fixes the issue. it was definatly a book that has you glued to the seat
Date published: 2007-09-25

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City of Ashes

by Cassandra Clare

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.4 in

Published: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416972242

ISBN - 13: 9781416972242

About the Book

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.Margaret K. McElderry Books

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Prologue SMOKE AND DIAMONDS The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky. There were fifty-seven floors to the Metropole, Manhattan''s most expensive new downtown condominium tower. The topmost floor, the fifty-seventh, contained the most luxurious apartment of all: the Metropole penthouse, a masterpiece of sleek black-and-white design. Too new to have gathered dust yet, its bare marble floors reflected back the stars visible through the enormous floor-to-ceiling windows. The window glass was perfectly translucent, providing such a complete illusion that there was nothing between the viewer and the view that it had been known to induce vertigo even in those unafraid of heights. Far below ran the silver ribbon of the East River, braceleted by shining bridges, flecked by boats as small as flyspecks, splitting the shining banks of light that were Manhattan and Brooklyn on either side. On a clear night the illuminated Statue of Liberty was just visible to the south -- but there was fog tonight, and Liberty Island was hidden behind a white bank of mist. However spectacular the view, the man standing in front of the window didn''t look particularly impressed by it. There was a frown on his narrow, ascetic face as he turned away from the glass and strode across the floor, the heels of his boots echoing against the marble floor. "Aren''t you ready yet?" he demanded, raking a hand through his salt-white hair
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Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and &#8220;prepare to be hooked&#8221; (Entertainment Weekly).

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&#8212;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&#8212;and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings&#8212;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.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the first book in the series and received numerous awards including: Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007, An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008, Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award. She has gone on to write several more books in The Mortal Instruments series as well as its companion series The Infernal Devices. She is also the author of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd.

Editorial Reviews

"[A] smart, funny, romantic read."

Appropriate for ages: 14

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