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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
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CITY OF ASHES is the much anticipated sequel to last year’s City of Bones. Never have I been more excited to get a book in the mail. I have to admit, I was looking forward to CITY OF ASHES even more than when I was waiting for Harry Potter 7.

Re-entering the world of the Shadowhunters was thrilling. Clary and Jace are dealing with their father’s theft of the Angel’s Cup and are continuing to struggle with the fact that they are brother and sister.

In CITY OF ASHES we meet Alec and Izzy’s parents with Mrs. Lightwood being the most prominent. She is doesn’t trust Jace since Valentine has revealed himself. She is afraid that Jace is a spy for Valentine and tells him to move out of the Institute. She also calls The Inquisitor to determine Jace’s punishment for his “alleged” role in theft of the Angel’s Cup. Neither The Inquisitor nor Mrs. Lightwood believe Jace about the new plan Valentine has come up with to steal another of the Mortal Instruments - the Soul-Sword. Valentine will do whatever it takes to get it. His plan, once he has the sword, is to transform it from a sword that will kill demons to a sword that will kill members of the Clave. The transformation requires the blood of Downworlder children which leads to danger for Simon, Clary’s best friend, and Maia, a member of Luke’s pack. It falls to Jace and Clary, with the help of Luke and Magnus to engage Valentine in battle to prevent him from accomplishing his goal.

After reading CITY OF ASHES we know a little more about Alec, get to know Magnus better, discover some special abilities Clary and Jace possess, and get a hint that there might be more to Jace’s lineage than we already thought. Cassandra Clare has the ability to create the kind of emotional tention that I haven’t found since Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight. You’ll be sorry when you get to the last page and be tempted to turn back to page one and start the adventure all over again.

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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* awesome books! ;D


lianna gosh I want to go to Borders right now. I just finished City of Bones and it was amazing. :)


Kafka this book was a random gift and i was shocked to have loved it. its sooo crazy and twisted.


Astoria The book is awesome, but comparing Clare to Meyer is like an insult. Clare is not amazing, but her characters are far better developed than Meyer's. And the whole series shines, while Meyer's burns.


message 5: by Ariana (last edited Nov 18, 2010 10:38AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ariana "Clary and Jace are dealing with their father’s theft of the Angel’s Cup and are continuing to struggle with the fact that they are brother and sister."
If they're related then why did I read a qoute with them kissing??


Wildcat-Mimi that is the intrigue in the series, the fact that they are brother and sister and in love with each other.. since they had no idea they were related..


Wildcat-Mimi and i do agree with the quote about it being somewhat comparable to twilight.. its hot though incestuous


message 8: by Allie (new) - added it

Allie hi im asking you just because you seem to be the only person who read the book and liked it well i read the first one and loved the book but i need to know if jace and clary are really related before i o off and buy this book because if they are im not sure if its worth buying! would you mind helping me out? should i buy this one or not?


Karin Yes. Buy it.


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