The first thing that crosses my mind when I head ‘City of Ashes’ is Incest.I couldn’t help cringe at the incestuous relationship that Clary and Jace hold albeit it being very obvious that they aren’t siblings. Other than this, relationships between Alec-Magnus, Luke-Clary and Simon-Clary are endearing.
The villain , (so wrongly named), Valentine fails to elicit any kind of fear in the reader. I didn’t need an intricately drawn ‘novel’ fearless rune at all throughout the book. The far-fetched super-hidden powers of the protogonist seemed unreal; I mean, Clary takes one look at the Gray book and is suddenly inspired to be the Shadow-hunters’ personal Leonardo da Vinci ??
The least Cassandra could have done is dedicate the interphase between the books 1 & 2 for the training of Clare, which seemingly nobody is bothered with.
As far as the narrative is concered , the abrubt breaking in dialogues gets irriating after a while. But if that is Clare’s style of writing…*shrug*.
Despite all the reasons mentioned above, I liked the twist of events and the slow(sometimes dragging) unraveling of the truth about the Mortal Instruments.
I did want to pick up the book and finish it. The imagery and the sarcasm in the book are worth the read.