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?
**SPOILERS AHEAD! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOK ONE IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER***
Alright, so there were good and bad moments in City of Ashes. Not that the bad completely took away from the story but it was apparent none the less. Now that Clary knows she is a Shadowhunter everything about her life has changed and now that she has uncovered the horrifying truth that her and Jace are brother and sister this creates a major set back for their relationship. I’m a big romance junkie so that’s usually what I’m reading my books for, and after this little, BIG, development occurred in the first book, it majorly took away from the romance aspect of the novels. Both of them cannot deny their feelings for each other yet they have to consistently fight it off, which leads to multiple awkward moments in this book, not to mention extremely frustrating moments for the reader who just wants to see it all work out in the end. I mean who decides to make the romantic leads siblings?? It just creates an unnecessary conflict that should be quickly resolved so the characters can focus on the real enemy at hand who is actually causing the true conflict. Unfortunately some spoilers have already been given away to me by my friends so I know what the general romantic outcome is supposed to eventually be, which makes it all the more unbearable to suffer through when reading this book. However, I still did enjoy City Of Ashes.
City of Ashes kept a constant pace of action and twists and turns which left you questioning each situation and eager to see what happens next. The characters continue to grow and develop into people you can relate to and appreciate. Even if you want to strangle them at times and in my case just sort of shout “WHYY??” I think we’ve all had these moments in books before… The world of The Mortal Instruments is an exciting place to delve into. Plus, I have to say, the ending action scene is pretty awesome, and way better in the second book than in the first. Gotta love a bit of gore and some terrifying moments filled with demon bashing and hacking and slaying. However, by the end of the book just when you think things are taking two steps forward the situation seems to take two steps back and the characters/conflict are left right back where they started at the end of the first book. Nonetheless, I’m still sticking it out with this series, each book will still leave you wanting more and encourage you to read it further.
So yes I do recommend you reading City of Ashes, it’s a fast paced page turner that’s full of the things you could hope for in a fantasy book, even if it is lacking in the romance department. Book three is titled City of Glass, review to come. You can buy City of Ashes on Amazon or anywhere that sells books.