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City of Ashes, 2

City of Ashes, 2

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Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" (Entertainment Weekly).

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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: 04/01/2008
Pages: 464
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.41lbs
Size: 9.22h x 6.40w x 1.51d
ISBN: 9781416914297
Age Range: 14-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5
Point Value: 18
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 121970 / City of Ashes

Award: Spectrum Awards - Finalist
Award: Colorado Blue Spruce Award - Nominee

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Review - Children 02/15/2008 pg. 194
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2008 pg. 327 - Recommended
Voice of Youth Advocates 06/01/2008 pg. 158 - Recommended - Better Than Most
School Library Journal 08/01/2008 pg. 116
Hornbook Guide to Children 10/01/2008 pg. 363 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2008 pg. 363 - Below Average, With Minor Flaw

About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

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