City of Ashes

city of ashes

Clare, Cassandra. City of Ashes. New York: Margaret K. McElderry, 2010. Print.

IBSN: 9781406307634

City of Ashes

Author of Book: Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by: Sapphire Pham

Recommended Audience: Ages 14-18

Clary Fray is not just another ordinary 16 year old, she’s a Shadowhunter who hunts down demons. Clary’s father, Valentine Morgenstern, is an evil shadowhunter who leads a group called The Circle. In The Circle, Valentine and his followers collect the Mortal Instruments, in which they plan to destroy all Downworlders (vampire, werewolves, faeries, warlocks, and others). Jocelyn Fray, Valentine’s wife and Clary’s mom, was in The Circle, but leaves because she didn’t like Valentine’s idea. Valentine attacks Jocelyn, and when Clary gets her back, her mother is in a coma and is shown in the beginning of City of Ashes. She is also temporarily living at Luke’s house. Luke is a close friend to her mother and is a Shadowhunter as well. Clary faces many difficulties in her love life. Her best friend Simon kisses her and declares Clary as his girlfriend. However, she is unsure of her feelings for him and is only certain that she sees him as family. Clary is also faced with another main conflict, her attraction for her brother Jace Wayland. Jace and Clary fell in love, and even kissed a few times, however, they discovered that they were actually siblings and are horrified because they couldn’t be together.

Jace Wayland is another protagonist in the story. He is Clary’s older brother, and the son of Valentine Morgenstern and Jocelyn Fray. Jace is living with the Lightwoods, Izzy and Alec, because his previous guardian died. Jace is strongly attatched to his sister Clary, and throughout the story he tries to convince her to be with him. Jace also has a small rivalry with Simon, Clary’s best friend, who was in love with her for 10 years. However, both Simon and Jace try to get along for the sake of Clary. Jace was accused for being a spy for Valentine, and was imprisoned in the Silent City. While he was in the Silent City, he finds out that Valentine murdered the Silent Brothers to take the Mortal Sword. Clary, Isabelle and Alec soon return to see that their enemy is going to be harder to defeat. If you want to find out more, check out City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare!

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