30 Days, 30 Reviews: Day 8 – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

city of ashes cassandra clareCity of Ashes By Cassandra Clare

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second book in a series and therefore may reveal things that are discussed in the first book.

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In the second book in The Mortal Instruments Series, Clary and Jace struggle with their feelings for each other, now they know they can’t be together in the way the hoped. So instead Jace becomes an overbearing older brother and Clary tries to find love in other people. Simon has some unfortunate luck and finds himself a downworlder, how does everyone react?

Meanwhile, Valentine is after the second of the mortal instruments and the Clave are after Jace, thinking he is a spy for his father. How will they manage to get the instruments back?


I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first book! I’m already half way through the third and I’m genuinely addicted to this series! Cassandra Clare has a brilliant style and her characters have such depth that it makes them relatable and fun to see interact.

The total love triangle going on between Jace, Clary and Simon is simply hilarious and watching the way Jace tries to be her big brother while both of them are aware of their original feelings for each other is torture (I was totally ClaryxJace in the first book before they became siblings!) I am interested to see how this develops in the novels to come.

The overall plot of the novel was similar to the first, bad guy makes threats, bad guy gets what he wants, good guys go after bad guy, bad guy gets away. However, I’m willing to overlook that because the finer details to the depth of the novel are explored enough to allow for some repetitive features. Though I expect a different tune in the third novel to avoid a cliché.

I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy!

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