City of Ashes pdf
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City of Ashes book
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish date: March 24, 2009
Pages: 496 eBook pages can be different
Genres: Young adult, horror, fiction
City of Ashes is the 2nd installment in Cassandra Clare’s young adult Mortal Instruments series. The first book, City of Bones, introduced readers to the unseen world of the Shadow hunters as seen through the eyes of Clary when her secret Shadow hunter legacy finally meet her. City of Ashes started immediately from where the City of Bones ended, and if you haven’t already read City of Bones I would recommend reading it first, rather than starting with City of Ashes as it’s not actually a story that a reader can dive straight into.
One of my censures of City of Bones was that the pacing of the novel appeared slow in places. Maybe an effect of the immense amount of fantasy world building that that story contained. City of Ashes undergoes from no such problems, in fact the story moves forward with promptness – dragging readers along for a rousing ride through the urban fantasy sites of a magical New York City.
The story is told in third person and mostly from the Clary’s point of view, which for the most part works very well since it means that the reader can share Clary’s intellect of confusion and marvel at the secret world that is revealed to her. Her muddle over her relationship with her new found brother (the boy she wants but can’t have) and her feelings for Simon (her ultimate best friend who she wishes was her brother and not her partner) make for captivating, if soap opera-ish reading (and I mean that in a good way – I like soap operas!)
City of Ashes shows its common culture roots, especially there are elements of Star Wars (the discovery of a wicked father and the reunion of a brother and sister who never knew that the other existed) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a mixed group of almost-adults battling evil and saving the world.)
Though City of Ashes may show its strong popular culture roots that is not certainly a bad thing. Taken together there is the word “popular” in popular culture. These are notions that have the ability to capture the imagination on more than one instance, and in more than one way, and have charmed numerous people before now and will continue to do so for some time to come. Eventually, City of Ashes adds up to more than the sum of its parts, so there is certainly no reason for complaint.
A fast paced and pleasing read, City of Ashes is well written and a much thought-provoking novel than City of Bones. Summing up, if you enjoyed City of Bones, you will surely love City of Ashes. Check it out!
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