The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes, Paperback Book

The Mortal Instruments 2: City of Ashes Paperback

Part of the The Mortal Instruments series

3 out of 5 (7 ratings)


Second in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series about the Shadowhunters.Discover more secrets about the Shadowhunters as they fight to protect the world from demons in the second book in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Love and power are the deadliest temptations... Haunted by her past, Clary is dragged deeper into New York City's terrifying underworld of demons and Shadowhunters - but can she control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

This edition contains a map and a new foreword by Cassandra Clare.

Read all the sensational books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles: The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, The Bane Chronicles, The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours and The Shadowhunter's Codex.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781406307634

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Much more enjoyable than the first book, possibly because I've got into her style of writing. The characters were fleshed out better and it had less of a feel of fan fiction about it and more that of a confident writer.

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This is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series. Although this review will contain NO spoilers from City of Ashes by talking about the plot there may be unintentional spoilers from the first book in the series.I really enjoyed the first book in The Mortal Instruments series and so was very excited to get round to City of Ashes. This is a series that pretty much everybody has read so it feels good to finally jump on the wagon and see what all the fuss is about! City of Ashes picks up where City of Bones left off with Jace and Clary’s new found love for each other shattered on the discovery that they are long lost brother and sister. Both of them are trying to adjust to the news and bury the spark between them, Clary by trying to start a relationship with best friend Simon and Jace by doing what Jace does best- throwing himself into dangerous situations. But Clary and Jace aren’t the only two trying to deal with this new information. The Lightwoods- Jace’s adoptive family- are hurt that Jace is not who he appeared to be and fear that Jace knew all along that he was Valentines son and was acting as Valentines spy. The Clave are also onto Jace and appear to be taking out their hatred for his father on him. With Jace’s life on the line it’s up to Clary and co to prove that Jace’s heart lies with the Clave once and for all…What I love about this series is that there’s never a dull moment. In each book you delve deeper and deeper into the world Cassandra Clare has created learning more with each chapter about Shadowhunters and the things that go bump in the night. Like with City of Bones for the last 200 pages I found it impossible to put this book down. There’s always so much going on that you just have to know what happens next. I love it when authors develop a world so much that you want to discover everything about it and Cassandra Clare has done that with this series.The only thing that lets this series down for me is Jace. For so long I’ve heard about this amazing guy and he just doesn’t live up to what I expected. I actually don’t like him all that much and think that he behaves like a spoilt child sometimes when he doesn’t get his way. I know a lot of girls are attracted to his cockiness but he’s just a bit too arrogant for my liking. That being said I love, love, love the rest of the characters and have a particular soft spot for Simon. The witty, funny dialog really brings the characters to life and makes this series a joy to read.So many exciting things happen during the few days that take place in City of Ashes, and although I didn’t love this book quiet as much as the first one I did enjoy it all the same and would recommend it if you enjoyed the first book. I was a little lost at the beginning of the story because so much happened in City of Bones that I couldn’t remember all of it having read it a couple of months ago but I soon got back into the swing of things and when I did I loved it. I’ve heard that City of Glass is the best of the lot so I’m very excited to pick that up soon to find out what happens next.My Rating 4/5 stars

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My fangirlishness over this series has skewed my morality since I spent the entire book thinking, "Yeesss...kiss your sister..." I love Jace. And I like this series so much that I don't even care about the writing or the strange plot twists etc. I've read so many books in the past year that have appealed to my head, but not many since Harry Potter appealed to my heart...and this series has!

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Wow. City of Ashes is so much better than it's predecessor. I canfinally say I really enjoy this series (hopefully I'm not jinxingmyself). Everything really came together in this book, to the point Iwas wishing I could enter in the magical world and see what all theywere seeing. I seriously enjoyed reading it.But, like the last book, there were a few things that bothered me.The main problem was Clary and Simon. Clary is supposed to be in lovewith Jace, but here she is kissing Simon or making-out with Simon,when it's one-sided. I know Jace is supposedly 'forbidden' territory,but leading someone on for the sake of getting over him is stupid. Iwas so irritated at how that was played out.Another thing was that scenes weren't fully developed. I'd be readingand something would happen that wasn't even described. Several timesI'd read over what I'd just read to make sure I didn't miss anything.This happens about three times, including during a key scene. Otherwise, I think character development was pretty good. Though, I'mnot liking Maia or the obligatory gay characters (love Alec though,wish he got bigger parts) or the, "My daddy is big and evil and I missevery importunity to kill him even though I'm more than given thechance."I just wish something not so obvious would happen. Guess I got a fewmore books to see if my wish comes true!

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I don't hate Jace as much as I did but I still think he's an awful amalgam of clichés. I continue to think less of Clary for choosing the boring option of her hopelessly impossible romance with her brother who as it turns out probably will end up not being her brother after all. I continue to like Simon the most and also don't really care about this Maia relationship the author is trying to force on us. As if star crossed lovers, who might be siblings but probably won't be in the end because the author doesn't have the nerve to really stick to the incest line, wasn't a bad enough we now have the vampire and werewolf couple so double helpings of star crossed. About the only interesting pairing in this thing are Magnus and Alec so go go gay characters saving this continual romantic trainwreck.The worst thing is I continue to enjoy the series but I suspect I'm just reading to find out how the romance turns out. All the while hoping Cassandra Clare chooses the more interesting couple of Simon and Clary rather than defaulting to the utterly and ironically mundane couple of Jace and Clary. It continues to be an NTR nightmare for me but at least Simon is getting the screentime now to develop as a character.

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