Clary Fray is having some major issues. Her best friend, Simon, is falling in love with her; her bad-boy crush, Jace, just might be her brother; her mum is in the hospital in a coma — oh, and did I mention that her dad is summoning an army of demons in a plot to take over the world?
It’s enough to make anyone want to scream, but Clary isn’t just anyone — she’s a Shadowhunting demon slayer, and in Cassandra Clare’s book, City of Ashes, her life gets a lot more complicated.
This time on The Review, I, Jackson Longstaff will be looking at the second book in the Series “City of Ashes”. Enjoy.
“City of Bones”,
(previous review) the prequel to “City of Ashes”, introduced you to Clary as she’s thrown into a new world when she discovers she can see beyond the “glamour’s” that shield normal humans, or “mundanes,” from the faeries, werewolves, vampires, and warlocks among us. In “City of Ashes”, Clary’s crash course in demon slaying gets even crazier, as Valentine, her long-lost father (and all-around bad guy), plans a political takeover of the Shadowhunter government with the help of demonic forces.
Despite the magic themes, “City of Ashes” definitely isn’t your average fairy tale or fantasy book. Clare’s vision of modern-day Manhattan is gritty and edgy: Punked-out warlocks wear glitter eyeliner and leather pants, and faeries throw wicked dance parties under bridges. The plot’s twists and turns will keep you guessing, and Clare’s descriptions are so detailed, you’ll be able to imagine the characters and places clearly. Still, the real reason you won’t be able to put down “City of Ashes” is its remarkable characters. You’ll get so drawn into the drama between Clary and her friends that the fact that they carry seraph blades, ride flying motorcycles, and get turned into vampires will barely register as anything out of the ordinary.
Trust me, you’ll be so into this smart, funny, romantic read that you won’t even be frustrated at the cliff-hanger ending.
What are you still doing here! You should be reading this amazing book but anyway next time on the review is the third book, “City of Glass”.