City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Book Review

I picked up City of Ashes right after finishing City of Bones because I was curious to read further. The previous book, although not perfect, was definitely an amazing read, which I have also described in my review. Read the following City of Ashes book review only if you have read the first book or the plot description might prove to be a major spoiler for you.

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: July 7th 2008
Language: English
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9781406307634
My Rating: 4

City of Ashes began rather slowly, but picked up right after.

Clary has now acknowledged her true self i.e. her being a demon slaying shadowhunter. Her mother is in coma and everything that mattered to him has been tossed up and down in the war that is being brewed up by Valentine.

Simon is gradually turning out to be more than a friend to her, but her inner conflicts regarding Jace, her newfound brother and her present life is a big barrier between anything that closely resembles happiness or completeness.

Things become further complicated when someone starts murdering the downworlder children. The sole suspicion is on Valentine who happens to be the father of Clary and Jace. As the Soul Sword, the second mortal instrument is stolen and the Inquisitor is called, she zooms in on Jace as the suspect.

Is Jace actually supporting Valentine in this war? Will Clary be able to find Valentine and help her mother back to consciousness? Who is murdering the downlworlder children? What is the ultimate plan of Valentine?

Cassandra Clare manages to weave another thrilling ride with City of Ashes.

Like I have already mentioned, it was a slow read in the beginning and dealt with mostly the revelations that have been made in City of Bones. However, very soon, a new plot is put forth and things become interesting again. The complexity of the love triangle grows further with the inner conflicts Clary is facing especially when she knows that Jace is her brother and now they cannot be together in a manner they would have wanted to. Simon goes through a serious change of personality and temperament, but the underlying tones in his nature are still the same. As a character, Jace is the one that goes down severe emotional conflicts, making him fiercer.

The comic reliefs are very well present throughout, making it an interesting read. They also serve as a savior when things are getting stretchy. The moments of thrill (which I will talk about later in this City of Ashes book review) are narrated perfectly. You almost wait for them to arrive and upon reading the whole book, you will definitely be satisfied.

Valentine emerges out to be stronger than you would have imagined.

In this City of Ashes book review, I would like to mention that Valentine is quite glorified and developed into one hell of an evil villain. Even the prologue with Valentine summoning demons is pretty unnerving. In the previous book, the character was merely introduced and the emotional bonding or conflicts with his children are what dominated his character. However, he is a merciless villain now who would stop at nothing before completing his ultimate plan.

The climax of City of Ashes is simple outstanding.

The book builds up to extreme levels towards the end. The entire battle sequence is simple breathtaking ion description. It serves as a perfect thrill ride to the readers with so many demons and secrets popping out. The last 50 pages are probably the best in the entire book and makes up for any dull moments that might have irritated you beforehand.

Is it worth to follow The Mortal Instrument Series?

I would definitely recommend it after reading City of Ashes. So far, this series is going great. Of course, I’m not suggesting it to literature fanatics, but the YA readers who like to read fantasy fictions. Eagerly waiting to read the first page of City of Glass now.

Some funny conversations to remember from City of Ashes

“We came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”

“That does it,” said Jace. “I’m going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year.”
“Why?” Isabelle said.
“So you can look up ‘fun.’ I’m not sure you know what it means.”

“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”

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Anmol Rawat

Anmol Rawat is a writer, which, considering where you are reading this, makes perfect sense. His debut solo book ‘ABCs of Horror’ is a collection of 26 terrifying standalone tales. He thinks Game of Thrones and Supernatural are the best TV series ever made and devours on Nicholas Sparks, Dan Brown, Stephen King & John Green. He would kill for a good cup of Cappuccino, as should all right thinking people.

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