Publisher by McElderry Books
Date Published: March 25, 2008
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?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
CoA was amazing! I was absolutely taken back by the intensity of this book! It was definitely a step up from Bones (which is something because I LOVED Bones). City of Ashes reveals a heroic journey of love, loss, and laughs. After Clary finds out the truth of her past, she must come to peace with who she really is and fight for what she loves most (even though she's not so sure of what that is). Alec must battle himself daily in hiding a secret from those closest to him while all battle for their lives. CoA is the second novel in the Mortal Instruments series. It continues seamlessly from the first and takes place merely hours after the first book ended. I was captivated from the very beginning due to Cassie's "no-holds-barred" action/suspense approach. I love Cassie's style of writing in this book through vivid battles and vicarious romances. She has also become the "Queen of Cliffhangers" in my book and I despise her for that (not a bad thing). It was because of her need for suspense that kept me up reading 300 pages straight through half the night! And I thank you, Cassie!