Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


Book Information:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9781416914297
453 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 02
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series


4 out of 5

Clary Fray is suddenly thrown into the world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders, and no matter how much she might wish for it, she can never go back to her normal life. With her mother still in a magically induced coma, Clary is left trying to find a way to wake her up. Though, the only way she can think of is the track down her father, a rogue Shadowhunter. However, new problems arise when someone is murdering Downwordlers. Who is behind the killings? Is it her father, Valentine? If he is, what is he trying to do with the blood of those children? Also, what will happen to Jace when the Inquisitor zeros in on him and accuses him of helping his father, Valentine?

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

Like City of Bones, this book is extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are well written and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like.

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than other books, the character’s personalities are still kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I still found Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Though, I’m kind of happy with Simon’s development towards the end of the book, instead of just waiting for the stupid girl, Clary. :)

In this book, the plot of the series becomes a little bit better. So, it is not as boring as the first one. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^

Anyways, the ending is kind of unexpected, but I read the other books in this series already. So, don’t freak at the ending parts — the author kind of switches it in the other books. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Cassandra Clare
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet After Twilight
$New_Bullet Finding the Magic in Books
$New_Bullet Book Love
$New_Bullet A Trillian Books

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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