The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments

Book Two, City of Ashes

Book - 2008
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Sixteen-year-old Clary continues trying to make sense of the swiftly changing events and relationships in her life as she becomes further involved with the Shadowhunters and their pursuit of demons and discovers some terrifying truths about her parents, her brother Jace, and her boyfriend Simon.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416914297
1416914293
Branch Call Number: YA F CLA
Alternative Title: City of ashes

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For anyone who is enjoying the Mortal Instruments series, this is another good installment.


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Vittoria_0
Oct 08, 2018

jace and clary arent brother and sisters as Valentine says they are in the end of the series they get married this information is for people who would like to know what happens in the end

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

Overall, great! My only problem is that the climax was somewhat anticlimactic and only really made sense after the fact. The first book was better, but I'm still hooked!

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Sharonsm28
Dec 20, 2017

This was an amazing read. I reread this book so I can reminisce about the characters that made me fall in love with Shadowhunter World. In rereading the book, I caught many details that I missed the first time I read it. I love the characters. However, Malec is my favourite ship of this series. I especially love these sweet moments as they first become a couple. Overall, an action-packed read.

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3je82rs9
Oct 12, 2017

I LOVED IT! It was hard to put it down.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 13, 2017

Nothing too deep here. In the second mortal instruments book it becomes clear that Clary and Jace have powers other shadowhunters don't. Is this further proof of their kinship or did Valentine take the Wayland boy as his own experiment? The teenagers must deal with a vindictive representative of the Clave police, tricky fairies and a demon that takes the shape of your greatest fear (boggarts, anyone?). Action-packed scenes keep it interesting and stop it from devolving into a maudlin teenage love story. From other reviews comparing it to the Twilight series, which I have avoided for said maudlin "which boy do I choose" angst, I was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the focus.

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KindaSassy
Nov 08, 2016

This series is about as much fantasy as I go. For some reason I found the second the second half of the book harder to lose myself in than the first half.

It is fairly predictable that it races from one crisis to the next at a speedy pace. There is very little done in the way of character development. This is an action book and definitely a pulp fiction.
And lets not get too deep into discussing the whole "Incestuous" relationship between Clary and Jace. That was just plain creepy. Like, "Dude, that like your sister that you're making eyes at." Ewwww. There is nothing romantic about it. Would be at all surprised in later books to read that they aren't actually siblings so as to justify all of the 'meaningful moments' and kisses that they share. And I'm sure that in the next book the lose ends will be wrapped up in regards to certain characters -such as Maia - at least I hope so.

This book was OK at captivating my imagination enough to go to Book Three (City of Glass) It is high school level fiction that is gobbled up by the masses only to be forgotten in years to come. It will not stand the test of time. It is the Twilight of its generation, loved by parents because it gets their children reading, and in the end, anything that gets kids reading is a good thing. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of brainless hours taking it in

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NikkiHessami
Aug 19, 2016

With Clary finding out that Jace is her brother she decides to date Simon instead and it his dream because he always had a big crush on her. I really liked this book it has romantic parts and fighting parts and magic.

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kamyar2004
Aug 03, 2016

City of ashes was another amazing book. This sequel was about Clary, Simon, Jace, exe...
About ten people are trying to stop/kill valentine. he is trying to fight the clave with demons so he can get the power. These ten or so people are trying to stop him and at last they stopped him for a while.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 27, 2016

Picking up where ‘City of Bones’ left off, ‘City of Ashes’ doesn’t waste anytime before throwing us back into the world of the Nephilim. The book was packed with heart stopping action and adventure. With ever changing information and a bucket load of teenage angst, the cast of characters are trying to stay one step ahead of Valentine which makes a good and exciting read. The one downfall with this novel was the weird love triangle between Clary and Jace (who are supposedly siblings) and Clary and Simon. The whole Clary and Jace thing didn’t bode well with me as I found myself uncomfortable with the more than sibling love thing that was happening. Other than that, the novel was amazing and tons better than City of Bones. I can’t wait to start reading the third installment of the series. Rating 4/5. @Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

For those who have and haven't read the first book, you should definitely do that first. How could any reader simply skip ahead to this, also amazing, book before reading what happened before? But obviously, this book is a great sequel to the series, but with slightly less appeal to me personally. The cover of this book is splendid and well done! The plot line seems to move a bit more fluidly, as Clary is starting to accustom to her new surroundings and the Shadowhunter world. Her romantic life is a bit more choppy and her struggles, including her mother, only seem to add up. But, as any heroic protagonist should, she doesn't back down for anyone, even her own father. Read on to see what Clary can truly do! 4.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

To be quite honest I found this book less exciting than the first book. But I think overall the book focused more on the character development. I feel like the situation Jace was going through with Valentine, sort of was an eye opener for him. He still has a cocky personality, but all the traumatic things he had gone through made him rethink his actions before hurting anyone. Alec has become kinder to everyone and mostly to Clary, who he hasn't been quite fond of in the beginning. He has a more soothing demeanour now and is more approachable. Izzy is still the same but, has become more supportive of Clary. And after Simon has turned into a vampire, he has become more aware of his surroundings and, starts to think rationally. While it is nice to see the characters break out of their shells and be more thoughtful towards one another, I feel like if the book included more depth in action and supernatural activity instead of the relationships, it would have been better. But overall the book was a 4/5 and I'm looking forward to City of Glass.
- @moonlightbae of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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maddie_grace3
Jul 27, 2016

This was an interesting, plot twisting book that was filled with humorous characters and magical people. This book is hard to put down and once you've read it, you're left waiting for the next one. I did find that the ending felt rushed, and unfinished but all together it was a five-star book.

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"I'll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from 'almost extinct' to 'not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.' Will that make you happy?"

-Jace Wayland

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Isabelle drifted over, Jace a pace behind her. She was wearing a long black dress with boots and an even longer cutaway coat of soft green velvet, the color of moss.

Isabelle: "I can't believe you did it! How did you get Magnus to let Jace leave?"
Clary: "Traded him for Alec."
Isabelle: "Not permanently?"
Jace: "No. Just for a few hours. Unless I don't come back. In which case, maybe he does get to keep Alec. Think of it as a lease with an option to buy."
Isabelle: "Mom and Dad won't be pleased if they find out."
Simon: "That you freed a possible criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like Sonic the Hedgehog and dress like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? No, probably not."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Simon: "Is standing by the window muttering about blood something he does all the time?"
Jace: "No. Sometimes he sits on the couch and does it."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Simon: "Is standing by the window muttering about blood something he does all the time?"
Jace: "No. Sometimes he sits on the couch and does it."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"No, I'm just a very naughty boy. I do all sorts of bad things. I kick kittens. I make rude gestures at nuns."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"You see, cuckoos are parasites. They lay their eggs in other birds' nests. When the egg hatches, the baby cuckoo pushes the other baby birds out of the nest. The poor parent birds work themselves to death trying to find enough food to feed the enormous cuckoo child who has murdered their babies and taken their places."

"Enormous?" said Jace. "Did you just call me fat?"

"It was an analogy."

"I am not fat."

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

"Mom. I have something to tell you. I'm undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I'm here to tell you that undead are just like you and me... well, okay. Possibly more like me than you."

-Simon Lewis

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mauve_bird_127
May 17, 2019

Jace: "That does it. I'm going to get you a dictionary for Christmas this year."
Isabelle: "Why?"
Jace: "So you can look up 'fun'. I'm not sure you know what it means."

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mauve_bird_127
May 16, 2019

Isabelle and Company: "We came to see Jace. Is he alright?"
Magnus: "I don't know. Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?"

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Faith1119
Jul 02, 2015

“Look on the bright side," said Simon, "If they need a human sacrifice, you can always offer me. I'm not sure the rest of you qualify anyway.”

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Asliusta Sep 28, 2013

Coarse Language: some parts of the book has bad language but not that bad

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

Coarse Language: you mean like swearing? kids if your concerned about that, you shouldnt even be in the teen section...

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

Violence: there was like a ton of kick ass fighting and shaz! so ya...READ IT OR DIE FOOLS!

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: you mean like my mom's face? besides that i cant think of anything...

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

Other: if we were disscussing gender i suspect that Clary's probably in this category...

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

Sexual Content: hell yes!

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Coarse Language: Some of it..... not that much, really.

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sjsharks23
Nov 18, 2012

Violence: There is one battle near the middle/end but nothing really bad in it. Also a lot of blood involved throughout the story.

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Faith1119
Jul 20, 2015

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.

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AngelFire101
Aug 03, 2013

Another installment of Clary and Jace and their struggle to defeat the demons of the underground

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whdn
Apr 08, 2013

a girl whose got major issues with supernatural creatures and the worlds worst father attempts to keep him from destroying earth with the help of her friends and brother whom shes in love with...yep MAJOR issues there...

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Mahala
Nov 13, 2009

I couldn't put this book down. It's a great sequel to City Of Bones, you could even say it's better. It has its problems, but those are things you can get pass because the story just absorbs you completely. There was a lot of action and suspense with this one, but it was equally amazing. I can't wait to read City Of Glass!

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