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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Before me things created were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
~Dante, Inferno
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.
Now this {pause then grin} more I like it. More action and deeper danger, fast-paced, funnier, romantic, hints of more family secret and heritage, revelations of hidden gifts that Jace and Clary have and a killer cliff-hanger ending. Never mind that there are still plot holes, who cares about that. At least this time the book doesn't look like a first draft novel anymore, now everybody improved. I have no idea why lots of people hates Simon, I love him (sometimes I cheer more for him than for Jace), he's a great friend, loyal, trustworthy and he got turned into a vampire. Considering the disturbing circumstances around his girlfriend Clary and her brother Jace. My favorite part was when they went to meet the Queen of the Faeries in Seelie Court, (which reminds me so much of a scene in Holly Black's book - Tithe, maybe she borrowed it there) I kind of freak out a little bit, well because it was wrong but I don't think Clary and Jace are related at all. Does anyone? We'll have to see about that. I'm glad for Alec too, it looks like he found a suitable companion in Magnus Bane, now he only needs to get out of the closet and come clean. I really hated the Inquisitor with passion, she is such a bitch and totally biased. A perfect example of how the law makers, abuse power. I am really happy for Clare, she did better in writing this book, there's more depth and thought in it, now only 25% of dialogues were left out. Thank God book 3 is out, I didn't have to wait like the others.

1 comment:

Violet said...

I absolutely LOVED City of Ashes! And I agree that the scene in the Seelie Court was awesome! I also agree regarding Simon. I adore him!

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