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CITY OF ASHES by Cassandra Clare

CITY OF ASHES

The Mortal Instruments, Book 2

By Cassandra Clare

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: March 25th, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4169-1429-7
Publisher: McElderry

In City of Bones (2007), normal teenager Clary discovered she was a Shadowhunter, long-lost daughter of murdering megalomaniac Valentine—and therefore the sister of her new boyfriend Jace. Now she’s caught up in the dangerous politics of the Downworld, where Jace is suspected of treason, non-human kids are being ritually murdered and best friend Simon is transforming into a werewolf. Clary must protect Simon, save Jace from a vindictive Downworlder Inquisitor, prevent Valentine from building an unstoppable demon army and fight her undiminished passion for Jace. The prose is exceedingly purple: Eyes are always paint chips, black pits or jewels in a spider’s web; ichor-leaking demons have voices like shattering glass; fairies have hair like autumn leaves or poison green skin. But this action-packed tale uses melodrama and florid descriptions to good effect, crafting emotional tension and heart-wrenching romantic dramas. Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure. Despite hints that Jace’s parentage is in question, the incestuous overtones might be too disturbing for some. (Fantasy. YA)