Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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, new found 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?

Once again I enjoyed this book. Once again, if you do not like over-usage of literary devices, particularly similes, don't read this book because it will drive you crazy. It was very fast-paced, and had a couple of new, rather interesting characters. It didn't really enthral me as much as the first, but the un-put-downness of it made up for that. It had all the right amounts of seriousness, laugh-out-loudness, shockingness, and sadness. The would was familiar and at the same time mysterious. There was an element of mystery in a number of things that kept me wanting to see what happened next. It was an overall excellent book. I highly recomend it to fans of the first book, and to people who haven't read it yet.

Also, don't be put out by the whole angels thing. It's not the driving factor of the book and there are plenty of other supernatural creatures like werewolves and vampires and faeries to balance it all out. It's refreshing. A great read.

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