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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book…

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Cassandra Clare (Author)

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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.
Title:City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2)
Authors:Cassandra Clare (Author)
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2009), 512 pages
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (2008)


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This was even better than the first. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. There are a lot of battles in this one. Jace is as sarcastic as ever, all the other characters are even funnier than before. In this one you also meet Maia a young werewolf. She was a little annoying sometimes but helped make a great plot. There is a ton of action and adventure. The last 80ish pages were by far the most thrilling part of this book. There are so many 'What the heck?' moments in this. I highly recommend this!!! ( )
  CaitlinDaugherty | Aug 28, 2023 |
Clary’s life has been turned upside down -- demons are real and her mother’s in a coma. She’s getting closer to Simon and her newfound brother Jace. But she’s ready for it all to go back to normal. But someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children -- is her father, Valentine, behind it? I’m actually writing this review from the vantage point of mid-way through book 5, but this series is frustrating. I’m enjoying it -- a lot -- and the tension is high -- but it feels like the actual plot is subsumed by the romance sub-plot more often than not. And I mean, I’ve barely done *anything* but read this series since starting it last week. I don’t think I’m going to write separate reviews. But seriously -- Clary and Jace need to be cut a break at SOME point. Gah. ( )
  lyrrael | Aug 3, 2023 |
Se possibile, ho trovato questo secondo volume più prevedibile del primo. E, date le varie allusione non troppe velate, credo che renderà prevedibile anche il terzo.

Continua naturalmente l'amore di Cassandra Clare per lo spiegare al lettore per filo e per segno perché i suoi personaggi agiscono in un certo modo. Maledizione, sembra un medico legale alla ricerca del DNA dell'assassino! Pensa forse che i suoi lettori non siano abbastanza intelligenti da capire le motivazioni dietro i comportamenti dei vari personaggi? Bah...

Il culmine credo che l'abbia raggiunto con la faccenda di Simon al ritorno dalla Corte Seelie... in quel frangente la Clare non ha mostrato, ha solo spiegato... e la conseguenza è stata la sensazione che manchi un pezzo di libro...

E poi c'è il Grande Dramma. Jace e Clary sono fratello e sorella. Sì, come no... Se avevate dei dubbi in proposito, la Regina della Corte Seelie vi fa la gentilezza di toglierveli tutti. Quindi non si capisce perché questa faccenda sia tirata così tanto per le lunghe...

Si ha infatti la sensazione che questo secondo libro serva ad allungare il brodo per portare certi "nodi" in Città di Vetro cosicché la Clare possa sparare i fuochi d'artificio per lo spettacolo finale. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
A book and a half about a boy trying desperately to force a girl to love him, to change into the girl he wants her to be, and throwing fits when she doesn't do it. And he's the 'nice' guy. Can we... can we just stop telling young women that this is romantic? That stubbornly ignoring 'no' isn't loyalty? That insisting you be who they want you to be isn't love? That the pain of your rejection isn't a horrid wrong you have to right? That growing and becoming as a person and loving whoever you love isn't a betrayal? I'm so tired. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
I have a severe problem with this book , while the writing and dialogue have improved , why is the focus all on jace and while Clary is the main character , she didn't do anything useful in this book except maybe two times ?! , it is Jace that and Jace this and every freaking time anyone is about to tell something important , they get cut off , it was to be forgiven if it happened one or two or even three times but it was ALL the damned time ... and the INCEST , please stop with it for god's sake , why did she have to make them siblings , I have no idea , maybe except to make me extremely uncomfortable every single time clary and Jace are mentioned ( )
  Jessicaby234 | Apr 30, 2023 |
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I know your streets, sweet city,
I know the demons and angels that flock
and roost in your boughs like birds.
I know you, river, as if you flowed through my heart.
I am your warrior daughter.
There are letters made of your body
as a fountain is made of water.
There are languages
of which you are the blueprint
and as we speak them
the city rises.
-Elka Cloke
I believe I am in Hell, therefore I am.
-Arthur Rimbaud
Before me things created were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
-Dante, Inferno
For my father, who is not evil. Well, maybe a little bit.
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The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.
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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.

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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.
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