My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If there was a way to put 6 stars, I would! I am devouring the entire series (this is book 2 of 6)! This is my 5th book by Cassandra Clare (Infernal Devices 1,2,3 & Mortal Instrument 1,2) and, I must say, she is consistent and true to her writing style, which I LOVE. I don't want to sound repetitive from one "Shadowhunter" review to the next but Clare knows how to write a perfect balance of action, suspense, romance, angst, humour, mystery and fantasy. I always feel very strong emotions while reading Clare's books. In "City of Ashes", I laughed, cringed, bit my nails, lost sleep & shed a tear. Clare does romantic tension very well as well as witty banter and cocky comebacks. She is a powerful author who delivers consistently. A gripping series about demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves set in current day New York City with characters mostly between the ages of 16 and 18.
Audience / themes / content / info for parents:
Written for a teen/young adult audience, the entire Shadowhunter collection of books are addictive & gripping for adults as well. Parents: Although there is no descriptive sexual content, there is slight mention of sex and the reader feels the characters' emotional pull & desires during the more romantic parts and the subject of sexual identity and orientation is addressed beautifully. Being an action/adventure book set in a paranormal world of demons, vampires and werewolves, expect violence, blood & guts. I may wait for my pre-teen boy to be around the age of 13 or 14 before I introduce him to the wonderful world of Cassandra Clare's books.
Other "Shadowhunter" series are "The Infernal Devices" (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess), "The Bane Chronicles" (10 short stories about Magnus Bane) and "The Dark Artifices" (in 2015).
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?