City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

Recently,  I received an advance copy of City of Ashes, Book 2 in the Mortal Instruments trilogy by Cassandra Clare to review.  I was so excited because I just loved the first book, City of Bones.  I wanted to read more about Clary, Jace, Simon, Luke’s and the rest of the Shadowhunter’s adventures.  This book, as with the first book, thoroughly entertained me.  Cassandra Clare with these books will easily make herself a household name.

The book opens up with Valentine summoning a demon to be at his beck and call and a murder. This demon plays against a person’s worst fears.  You would need a protection spell if you want to ward off the advances of that kind of demon. How is that for an opener! Once again Valentine is up to no good – no surprise there.  At the end of the first book, Valentine gained control of the Mortal Cup, which can only mean trouble for….everyone.  What is he up to?

The last few weeks of this new demon seeing and slaying life has both exhausted and exhilarated Clary. Everything was so simple before that fateful night at the club.  Clary was an ordinary teenager with an affinity toward drawing and manga.  Now she can see werewolves, vampires and fairies and sketch her own runes. Plus her mother is in a coma and Jace, one of the Shadowhunters who annoys and attracts her at the same time, turns out to be her brother! Bad news for Clary but good news for Simon who uses it to his advantage to get even closer to Clary.  She has a tough choice to make about her future.  Clary can leave the shadow hunter world behind like her mother did or she can become one of them and work toward finding out what Valentine’s plan is now that he has the Mortal Cup.

Clary is not the only one to go through personal upheaval.  Jace is devastated that he is not who he thought he was.  Nothing good can come out of being Valentine’s son which he learns when his “mother” returns home full of accusations. Soon he is cast out from the one place he can call home. The Inquisitor, a real peach of lady, holds Jace’s fate in her hands.  Believe me there is no love lost between his adoptive parents, his real father and her. Needless to say the meeting between them doesn’t go well and he is sentenced to prison in the Silent City.  Prison turns out to not be the safest place for Jace as dear daddy pays him a visit there trying to get him to switch teams.

Will Jace join Valentine or remain true to the Shadowhunter’s virtues?  And if he stays true to his Shadowhunter’s roots will him and his cohorts be able to stop Valentine before the rest of the mortal instruments are collected?

Did I mention that Simon is now a vampire?  To find out how that happened and more, pick up your copy of City of Ashes today.