“City of Ashes” Cassandra Clare

Rated 4 stars **** ebook. 2008. The Mortal Instruments #2. Margaret K. McElderry Books.

CityOfAshesWhen last we saw Valentine, he had disappeared with the Mortal Cup leaving behind a changed world for Clary and her friends. Her mother is still in a coma, her best friend Simon has become a vampire, while her feelings for her brother Jace have become more and more complicated.

With the Clave in an uproar Downworlders start turning up dead, which intensifies the suspicion and hatred between them and Shadowhunters.  The head judge for the Clave, the Inquisitor, is sure Jace has been cooperating with his father to plot their demise and arranges for him to stand trial. When the sword of Raziel the Angel is stolen blame shifts to Jace, and the full wrath of the Inquisitor falls upon him.

The only way to prove his innocence is to find Valentine and recover the Mortal Instruments. However, Valentine has gained immense power through possession of these Instruments and seems to be unstoppable. Alec, Jace, Isabelle, Simon and Clary soon find themselves tangled in a web of deceit that will threaten to swallow them whole.

Once again, Clare has woven a tale of action, adventure and romance, which will keep her readers mesmerized.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.

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