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Publisher's Summary

With her mother in a coma and her father hell-bent on destroying the world, Clary Fray is dragged deeper into New York City's terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons, and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning. Now the fate of the world rests on Clary's shoulders, but can she master her new-found powers and control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?

©2008 Cassandra Clare (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Fans of...Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this series." (Publishers Weekly)
"A gorgeous fantasty that's so good, it's dangerous." (Holly Black)

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  • Kathryn
  • Bendigo, Australia
  • 12-18-12

Fantastic book!

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

Its a fantastic story line. It can have you sitting on the edge of your seat dying to know what is going to happen next.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jace would have to be my favourite character, because his life as a lot of interesting twists and turns and throughout it all he still manages to help/stand by the others.

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

The different voices/accents for the characters and the parts that are in other languages.<br/>It is very easy to just close you eyes and be swept away by the story. Completely forgetting that it is not reality.

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

Yes. I have this book and the other mortal instrument books has both hardcover and audio books.<br/>So no matter where i am i can pick up where i left off.

Any additional comments?

i suggest this book to anyone who is interested in fantasty, romance and mystery. <br/>This series will always keep you guessing.

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The story gets more interesting.

If you could sum up City of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

Love, truth, lies.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Valentine is my favourite character as he balances out the make you vomit love story, and he is just so evil.

Have you listened to any of Natalie Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first Natalie Moore narrated book I have listened to.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I wouldn't. As much as I would love to see these books in film, City of Bones was mangled to badly. Some books should remain books.

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My oh my, where to next!

Would you listen to City of Ashes again? Why?

Absolutely, I would and I have and I will :) it's an awesome continuation of the series with new characters and killer plots twists!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Alec is hilarious in this one as is Magnus. I always love Izzy's spunk too!

What about Natalie Moore’s performance did you like?

I find Natalie shifts her voice enough that I can immediately tell who is speaking and highlights plot points that might otherwise have been missed in the text

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Alec and Jace realise how deep their friendship really is, that's a great point in the story and a lovely moment between them too!

Any additional comments?

Buy it, read it, listen to it...over and over!

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  • Tara
  • Australia
  • 10-01-12

Fantastic - taking you away into another world

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Ashes to be better than the print version?

Yes I would, when you are listening you actually pick up more things because when you are reading it, it is easy to skip things.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between Clary and Jace

Which character – as performed by Natalie Moore – was your favorite?

Jace

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get ready to see the world as it really is

Any additional comments?

LOVE IT!!

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Enjoyable series but for younger audiance

I love all things vampire, werewolf etc so enjoy reading peoples reviews. Several people stated that this could be enjoyed by teenagers and adults alike. I disagree, whilst I really enjoyed the series and there are some heavier issues detailed it is aimed at teenagers or young adults.

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  • Nadia
  • 09-30-10

City Of Ashes

This book continues the story begun in City of Bones and is, in my opinion, every bit as spellbinding as the first. Jace and Clary are beset with enemies on every side as Valantine continues his quest to claim the mortal instruments as his own. In these dark times, Jace and Clary are uncertain whom they can trust, and they must deal with personal demons of their own. Beautifully written, at times achingly powerful, this book is every bit as gripping as the first.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-27-15

Great

looking forward to the next one. narrator is a vast improvement on the last one too.

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  • Amy Cross
  • 04-07-13

Absolutely Awesome

This was brilliant and left me wanting more. The narrator does a fab job, I loved it and can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Ali
  • 08-01-17

A vast improvement

The 2nd audiobook in this collection was a vast improvement on the first one. I found the narrator did a much better job than the previous narrator on book one. She managed to get across the emotion of each character and I knew who she was supposed to be each time. The story flows well from the previous book and lines if up for next one. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series which I was pleased to see is narrated by the same person as this one. A great story that now has me hooked.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-30-13

I love the shadow hunter world

Another great book in the series, I have already read all the Immortal Instruments & Infernal Devices books and loved them so much that I've bought them on Audio book too so I can listen to them again :0)

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  • Laura
  • 03-04-13

immortal instruments

just when i thought these books could not get any better, and they did. so fantastic i had to get onto the third book -could not wait. i hope the films live up to the books as there is a lot to get through if you love fantasy sci fir you will defiantly enjoy the series,

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  • Tracy
  • 01-06-11

City of Ashes

Well that's it. I'm hooked! I really have enjoyed this series so far and have even broken my own rule of only listening while working. I blame my burned toast at breakfast and nearly strangling myself in bed with my headphone wires on the struggles that Clary, Jace and the other equally likable characters find themselves entwined in. Damn you Cassandra Clare and your captivating easy listen *shakes fist* 2 credits per month just aren't enough!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-17

My favorit


so many different emotions and descriptions make you feel like your with them. Not many dull parts and the book keeps you gripped.

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  • Mrs. A. J. Sharman
  • 11-05-17

lovedit

Cassandra Clare is a very talented lady. need to down load the next one soon

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  • myrtle
  • 09-16-17

A brilliant series

I just loved it, I look forward everyday to listening to it. Great story, great characters and an intense experience.

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  • shane
  • 05-30-16

the story got very boring and repetetive.

main characters constantly whining and repeating plots . this is absolutely a children to teen book

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  • Nicole
  • 10-27-16

continued journey.

I'm caught not sure why or how. this series has me hooked. Same story same flow a little slow in sections.