Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 7th July 2008
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? (From Goodreads, 22nd February 2013)
Wow! I love this series! I must admit it is gripping me as Harry Potter once did! Different type of novel but just as exciting! I have been completely sucked in and cannot wait to move onto City of Glass (#3 in the Mortal Instruments Series). I don’t want to give too much away as it would give away what happens in City of Bones (#1 in the Mortal Instruments Series) but I loved it!
We begin to learn more about all the characters, more histories and more shocks of powers and actions and the messed up politics of the clave, past demons, past relations. But we get even more entangled in new mysteries and doubts and a thirst for more answers. This is what is good about this series, it keeps building up and leaving you wanting more – so in some ways I am glad that I waited to start this series now when I can just go onto the next book as I finish each one!
Action packed and twisting and turning. Grab this series and get reading if you haven’t already!!!
4.5 or possibly 5 out of 5!!