Friday, April 17, 2009

Enchanting Review: City of Ashes

YA urban fantasy
McElderry Books
ISBN# 978-1-4169-1429-7
496 pages
Paperback - Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray’s world has turned underside down with the knowledge that she’s a demon-slaying Shadowhunter. She can’t make sense of her relationship with her best friend Simon, who seems to want to be more than friends. The handsome Shadowhunter who infuriates her is her long lost brother Jace. And the only way to help her comatose mother is to find Valentine, who is insane and probably her father.

Now someone is killing New York City Downworlder children. The second of the Mortal instruments is stolen. And even worse is the scary Inquisitor zooms in on her brother Jace, thinking he might be hiding something. Clary finds herself more involved in world of the Shadowhunters while even more frightening things appear; revelations about her parents, Jace, and her boyfriend Simon.

I enjoyed this second tale in The Mortal Instruments trilogy. Once again the author takes the reader on one fast-paced action tale where demon-slayers live with us mundanes. The world of the Shadowhunters is filled with vivid creatures right out of a fantasy - faeries, werewolves, and even vampires. The conflict Clary struggled with over her attraction to Jace felt real and I couldn’t help but hope that he wasn’t her long lost brother. Clary is a strong character who just happens to be a demon butt kicking heroine. Don't miss reading this series.

Ms. Clare is the author of CITY OF BONES, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and their cats. Find out more at

April 2009

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