Becky’s One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Book Review: “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES AND PLAN TO READ IT AND DON’T WANT ANYTHING RUINED FOR YOU.

“…there was also a wariness about him, as if he were waiting or watching for something. It was something she had noticed about Jace as well. Perhaps it was only the awareness of mortality.” (City of Ashes, pg 25). 

“City of Ashes” is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series and it was just as good, if not better, than the first book. I am very pleased with Cassandra Clare so far. The series may have been written for young adults, but the material definitely seems geared towards adults. There is a great story and underlying comedic tones that just make the book very enjoyable. For example, “‘There’s nothing wild about me. I’m stolid. Middle-aged.’ ‘Except that once a month you turn into a wolf and go tearing around slaughtering things,’ Clary said. ‘It could be worse,’ Luke said. ‘Men my age have been known to purchase expensive sports cars and sleep with supermodels.'” (City of Ashes, pg 69). This exchange was one of many that made me laugh aloud. This does have the side effect of making me look a little crazy when sitting on the train, but what are you going to do? 

In “City of Ashes”, our story picks up once again with Clary who is still waiting for her mother to awaken from the magical coma that she is in. Clary is dealing with many things including a new level to her relationship with Simon, living with Luke whom she now knows is a werewolf, trying to get past her feelings for Jace now that she has discovered he is her brother, not to mention coping with the fact that everything that she grew up with knowing to be a truth is a lie – that the world she lives in is much more complicated than anything she could have imagined. Although this quote is from later in the book, I really thought it spoke for how Clary really felt throughout the whole book, “…she was suddenly and strangely reminded of being four years old at the beach, crying when the wind came up and blew away the castle she had made. Her mother had told her she could make another one if she liked, but it hadn’t stopped her crying because what she had thought was permanent was not permanent after all, but only made out of sand that vanished at the touch of wind or water.” (City of Ashes, pg 450).

“City of Ashes” is a very entertaining, fast-paced book with very interesting twists and turns. I think the book is quite a good read and something that would appeal to a wide audience. Would I recommend this book? Yes, it was a great read and I look forward to checking out the next book in the series. 

 

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