Cassandra Clare · Mortal Instruments · Young Adult

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare



So after reading the first book, I wasn’t too excited to read this one, but when everyone said it just keeps getting better I had to see if they were right. Right they were! The first book wasn’t really that great, but this one is sooo much better. It was very easy for me to get lost in this book, and I was engaged from the very beginning! This was much less predictable than the previous book! It had a good mix of drama and action, with lots of OMG moments! It was also very interesting and exciting with much more fleshed out characters. I can’t wait to read the next one!


The plot was much more interesting, complex, and entertaining than the previous novel. I can’t believe how good this was, especially after having read City of Bones. So much happens in this book and there were a few instances in which I was like OMG!!! DID THIS JUST HAPPEN???!! I can’t believe what happens to one of the characters! :O I think I also enjoyed this so much more because I was actually enjoying the relationships that were building between the characters, the introduction of the much despised Inquisitor, and Magnus. There is definitely a much better mix of drama and action in this one.

I was surprised to find that the pacing was much better as well. There actually weren’t any moments in the book that I thought dragged, but instead everything flowed well, made sense, was interesting, and added to the story. Not only was the pacing great, but it wasn’t predictable like the last book was. I had know idea where the author was going in this one nor was I able to anticipate the big twist that happens to one of the characters! I was kept guessing and was always on the edge of my chair.

I’m glad I enjoyed this sooo much more, and I am really looking forward to seeing where this story goes. The ending was fantastic and I can’t wait to begin the next book!


The author only slightly expands the world in this book. We get to learn more about the Clave and actually meet the Inquisitor. There are also fairies involved in this one, which was awesome, and we get to learn about some more Demons, which are pretty frightening.

The magic system (runes) are even explored a bit more as well. There are so many things these runes are capable of doing and I found it to be fascinating. It was interesting to know that the runes do have their limits.


I find myself starting to like Clary more. She is becoming much more interesting and maybe that is because she has some weird power that no one else does. I’m excited to see how that all turns out. Clary is definitely starting to become a bit more bad-ass and not so stupid. She also doesn’t ignore Simon as much in this book, which I thought was awesome. However, she still can’t seem to get over Jace even though he is her brother. Ewwww. Her feelings are just all over the place, and she just doesn’t seem to know what to do about it.

Jace is more developed in this book. His feelings are explored a lot more, which is good because he seemed to be pretty emotionless in the first novel. We see more of a teenager in him and learn that he can show fear and love, and he really does want a family and cares very much about them. He also has mixed feelings about his father and I have to say there were a few times in which I wasn’t sure what decision he was going to make. He really kept me guessing. His new-found ability is also interesting, and though at first I wasn’t sure how that would even be possible, there was some information given that his father must have done something to both him and his sister, though we don’t know what exactly.

Simon, oh Simon is just an awesomely interesting character. He is one of my favorites even more so now that he has changed so much in this book 🙂 It must have been so hard for him to realize that Clary still has feelings for Jace, and now who knows if they can ever be together. It’s kind of sad, really…. 😦 He is still funny and charming and we do get to know a lot more about him. I am actually quite surprised how well he handled his new situation.

Magnus is an awesome character as well. I love how interesting and funny he is and the way he dresses is so comical. His relationship with Alec is also intriguing and I love that the author decided to have this relationship in her book.

Now, from the moment the Inquisitor came into the book, I hated her. She is horrible, but an interesting character nonetheless. There are reasons behind her motives that are found out later in the book, and I was surprised that she finally realized what she was doing just wasn’t right. I was so frustrated with her the entire time thinking can’t you just realize that you are wrong!. Ugh.

As for Valentine, I still dislike him, which I am supposed to so that is good. However, he is interesting because what he is doing he actually believes to be right. Though I thought he might love his family it becomes apparent that he doesn’t as much as I thought.

One other character I will mention is Alec because he is starting to develop a bit more. He is really trying to understand who he is and what he wants. Unlike Magnus, he isn’t quite ready to come out yet (though maybe Magnus isn’t quite as comfortable as I think he is).


Oh, I am so glad the writing is better in this one! At least I think it is or that could just be because I was so interested in the story that I didn’t notice. 🙂 Nothing distracted from the story this time and I even thought the dialogue was much better and more natural.


So…I don’t like the cover yet again. I just don’t like the characters in the background. Why not have a picture of the sword in this one and the cup in the previous book. Those are very important and I think they would make cooler covers than the characters’ bodies. Otherwise, I guess it is eye-catching and the title is okay. Sigh….it could just be SO much better.

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