City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

City of Ashes Review

Continuing Clare’s City if Bones, City of Ashes is the sequel where Clary tries to find solutions for her problems: her discovery of being a Shadowhunter, Valentine’s escape, her trying to fit in between the normal and the contrary, and of course the revelation of her new-found love, Jace, as her brother, who is also being accused in helping out his father.

City of Ashes was a big improvement from City of Bones. First off, Clare’s writing style seemed better; there weren’t unnecessary plot twists, there was good character development, and its plot was well-constructed. It was a bit gripping, too, even for a 400-something-paged book, since Clare was able to integrate her fantasy to Clary’s life well. As expected, her fantasy was excellent; it clearly showed a lot of time, hard work, and effort to develop the world she created, and that’s what I appreciated the most. For example, in City of Ashes, there is more “character” to the Downworlders (e.g. warlocks, Moon Children, Night Children, and Fair Folk) and more associations with them.

Also, I really liked the themes presented here, especially with those associated with the romance Clare constructed. There was a hopeless love triangle, “forbidden” love (between siblings), and a bit of LGBT too (G, that is). In other words, I was amused with how Clare could present us a fantasy so compelling and at the same time insert a lot of issues in our characters too, thus providing a much better character development.

All in all, City of Ashes wasn’t bad, as opposed to other mixed reviews. It was a good sequel to the first as it showed development. Looking forward to the next books of the series!


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