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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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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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    A. Rose Florida 03-29-08
    A. Rose Florida 03-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Exciting"

    After I finished listening to City of Bones I couldn't wait until book two, City of Ashes was released. To fully appreciate it, I re-listened to book one and then continued straight into book two.

    The first thing I noticed is the different narrator, which at first I thought would be an issue, but it wasn't. Natalie Moore did a wonderful job and after only 15 minutes or so I forgot she was a different narrator.

    As the adventure continued in this book you find yourself in a world full of thrills, excitement, puzzlement, joy, sadness, love, war, and the want for more. Could there be in the future?

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Chawntilly United States 09-26-12
    Chawntilly United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "2 Book is Great!!"
    What does Natalie Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Natalie is an awesome story narrator. She is enjoyable to listen too and brings the characters to life with their own personalities.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    OH, yes if I had the time I would have listened to this book in one sitting.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 09-19-12
    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good but left us with even more questions"

    This felt very much like a middle book. I enjoyed the conflict and interactions. I wanted to yell at several characters though. On the romance front, I not only wanted to yell at them; I wanted to slap some sense into half of them. SO FRUSTRATING.

    I'm looking forward to some resolution in the next book. I NEED some resolution in the next book.

    Magnus is still one of my favorite characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 08-16-12
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "Wonderful narrator - drew me in"

    The narrator for City of Ashes was much better than the one for it's prequel, City of Bones. This narrator, Natalie Moore, did a fantastic job. She switched between characters flawlessly and had a perfect voice for each character, too. It was almost exactly how I imagined them when I read through the stories in paperback, especially Valentine. I am looking forward to book 3 with this Natalie Moore as well.

    These stories are great, I am really enjoying them. They are definitely young-adult genre... which means they are easy to follow along, not too in depth, and typically light reading/listening despite the intended dark nature of the stories. Still, though, they are great books! The author does a great job building up the characters, every single one of them. I hardly feel anyone is left out or goes unnoticed in the stories. It's well done.

    I also know they are making movies out of this series, the first one coming out next August (2013). I will definitely be going to see it. :)

    3 of 3 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

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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 3 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 2 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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    "The Mortal Instruments are Gathered"
    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 2 people found this review helpful
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bookie Shreveport, LOUISIANA, United States 06-30-12
    Bookie Shreveport, LOUISIANA, United States 06-30-12
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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.

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