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City of Ashes (Shadowhunters Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

Updated: Apr 28, 2019

Happy Friday’s Eve! It is time for another book review. Put some sugar in your tea and coffee, or lift the lid on your water bottle, it is time to chat!

In the second novel of the Shadowhunter series, we find that the aftermath of the return of Valentine is causing a whirlwind among the Conclave, Shadowhunters, Downworlders, and more importantly former Circle members.

Clary and Jace are dealing with the new reality that they are no longer friends but siblings, who have feelings that siblings shouldn’t have. Clary is having an even tougher time now that her mother is in a hospital bed unable to wake up.

In the midst of moving forward after these changes have taken place, the institute has gone unguarded briefly after the death of the former guardian, Hodge. Taking his place is an ex-circle member, Maryse Lightwood. Mrs. Lightwood now has full range over the institute and she is not letting up after the ordeal with Valentine. Alec, Isabelle, and Jace are now heavily watched not only by Maryse but their little brother Max too. To make matters worse, Mrs. Lightwood no longer trusts Jace, now that she knows he is the son of Valentine.

Because Jace is a celebrated Shadowhunter, he is now being investigated by the clave for potential betrayal by association with his father, Valentine. In turn, the clave sends the Inquisitor to seek the truth. The only problem is that Jace doesn’t know how to stop talking, digging himself deeper and deeper into this never-ending hole. Pushing the Inquisitor's limits he gets locked away in the Bone City with the silent brothers overnight. Unbeknownst to him, his father was in the Bone City at the same time stealing the Soul Sword. Jace is now considered an accesory and is branded a liar. Can Jace clear his name and stop Valentine?

This is the second book In the series and I was not disappointed. I praised the first novel due to its unique story, the detail, and the interesting characters. I can confidently give the City of Ashes the same praise. This is a Young Adult novel, though I don’t think this novel has an age limit. This was a quick read for me personally though I spaced out my reading time. I recommend to anyone who enjoys a supernatural story, magic, werewolves, and vampires. I do intend to go and pick up the third novel in the series, CIty of Glass.

Until next time, keep your nose in a book and a mug on hand!

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