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?
I read City of Ashes as soon as I finished City of bones and what can I say it only got better. I love the character development and the characterisation of old characters and new. I learnt from reading the first book that i can not predict anything that is going to happen and I loved it. It made me more interested in reading it and not know what could happen. I loved that the book was fastish moving and not slow and dragging expect a little little bit at the start. I loved that we got to know a bit more about the minor characters like Alec, Isabelle, Magus, Simon etc. Also who could not forget about Clary and Jace. I love because she is not the weak lead female character, she is strong, determined and does what she thinks is right for those she loves. which I think is an strong quality to have which makes me love her even more that I do. Jace is Jace, I love that we see his sarcastic, arrogant side but then I love that we start to see his other side that one that is a little vulnerable. I also like that the 'love-triangle' is so little, I don't like love-triangles so I loved that it was so little. The emotions that I got for wanting Jace and Clary together the whole book, made me so confused I wanted them to be together so much but then I thought how twisted it was and how wired it made me feel. I also like that we go more introduced into the shadowhunters world and we got to see more creatures. I loved the ending it was so good and suspenseful. Cassandra's writing never is just amazing. Valentine is just the perfect villain oh my gosh.
Rate: 4.5 stars