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City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.
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Publisher's Summary

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Not to mention that someone in New York is killing Downworlders and draining their blood, creating a climate of suspicion that sends Downworld Manhattan to the brink of civil war.

When the Silent Brothers are murdered and the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Sword of Souls, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor is dispatched from Idris to investigate. She clearly harbors a personal grudge against Jace, and she drives a wedge between him and his adoptive family. When Clary's romance with her best friend, Simon, starts to heat up, Jace feels abandoned. But has he, as the Inquisitor accuses, joined up with his father?

Then Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments his own forever. Jace knows he needs to save Simon's life, for Clary's sake. But what if he's too late? What if Valentine has already made the Mortal Instruments his own?

©2008 Cassandra Claire, LLC; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Denise ELK GROVE, CA, United States 07-11-12
    Denise ELK GROVE, CA, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Storyline"

    I would definitely recommend this to others. It is easy to get into the story of Clary & Jace. You feel for them..you wonder what is around the next bend for them. I was disappointed when it ended, but couldn't wait for the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlie Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-26-12
    Ashlie Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-26-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great Series"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Ashes the most enjoyable?

    This is a great series & I read the books first so listening was like revisiting a favorite place


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Ashes?

    Finding out who Jace & Clary are to each other!


    What about Natalie Moore’s performance did you like?

    She was very easy to understand, however I prefer when they continue using the same narrator for the duration of a series. Cassie Clare's books have all been narrated by different people.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Casterville, TX, USA 03-26-09
    Brenda Casterville, TX, USA 03-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Love it Love it Love it"

    Loved the first and second book...can't wait to hear the 3rd...even liked this better than Twilight series believe it or not :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 08-20-13
    Tracy Bensalem, PA, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Second Time's a Charm"

    Wow, how did I not know about this series sooner? It is right up my alley. Supernatural characters galore, budding romance, action packed, and so much more. The characters really come into their own here and the story propels forward at a better clip. The narrator of the first book is young, too young. This is resolved in the second book, although she sounds a little bit like a robot at times (sorry to put that in your head before you read it), by the third she has it down and it is just plain awesome all around. If you are a supernatural fan, then you will love these books. Highly recommend!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 07-16-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's an important part of the series.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Cassandra Clare? Why or why not?

    Yes. I enjoy reading her writing.


    What three words best describe Natalie Moore’s performance?

    She did a good job of narrating.


    Did City of Ashes inspire you to do anything?

    To finish the series.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Better than the First!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Ashes to be better than the print version?

    Definitely! I don't think I could read another book in this series. I read the first one, and I ended up skimming through the majority of it. At least when I listened to it on Audible I was able to read/listen to all of it!


    What does Natalie Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is the best voice for Clary! I really like everything she brings to the story! Moore makes the story even better!


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    cmclien Illinois 05-05-09
    cmclien Illinois 05-05-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great!"

    I liked the second installment in The Mortal Instruments trilogy I think better then the first. Lots of action, twists and turns as Jace and Clarey try to stop Valentine. Can't wait to listen to the third.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer A. Peurifoy San Diego, CA 11-23-08
    Jennifer A. Peurifoy San Diego, CA 11-23-08 Member Since 2012

    I'm a single Mom who LOVES to read and write novels

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    "Second installment of a GREAT series"

    Well, Cassandra Clare is on a roll with this series. She now has me on pins and needles waiting for the final installment. There are MANY more shockers in this book and lots of action. There are moments that make you laugh out loud and then gasp in suspense. It is a really fun book and I can't wait until March 2009 for the final book in this trilogy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 07-21-14
    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 07-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Loving this series"

    I really enjoyed this book. As the second in a series I expected it to loose a little of the story as most series do, but it exceeded my expectations and brought more action and adventure with it.

    Clary is still underestimated by everyone and Jace is as arrogant as always, but we learn more about some of the other characters in this book. We get a closer look at Magnus, finally meet the Lightwoods, and get a better understanding of the inner workings of the clave. We are also pulled into the crazy that is Valentine.

    Cassandra Clare has gifted us with tons of twists and turns; just when you think you have it figured out she hits you with something new and you have a renewed since of urgency to get to the end and find out what happens! The ending is an emotional roller coaster that leaves you begging for the third book, City of Glass.

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    Cylly Mommy Utah 07-02-14
    Cylly Mommy Utah 07-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Mother. Artistic. Dreamer. Loves fiercely.

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    "Somewhat Lacking"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I couldn't help but feel this one was a little slow. Though there was action I didn't quite feel engaged enough in what was going on and had a difficult time remaining hooked. Besides one key event regarding Simon, it wasn't until a little passed the second half of the book that I started becoming more interested in what was going on.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration is good. Not monotonous at all and decent with accents and voice changes.


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