Author: Cassandra Clare.
Published: March 25th 2008.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books.
Sort: Part 2 from ‘The mortal instruments.’
Review part 1: City of Bones.
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? To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. 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?
I’m happy to say that this book is as good as the first one. The quality of the story and the plot is high and I really enjoyed this book.
Clary’s life has drastically changed. From a normal teenager girl to a Shadowhunter with a mother in coma, a new-found brother (Jace) and a transformed friend (Simon) - who might become more than ‘just’ a friend.
Jace is also in trouble. His adoptive mother sends him away, because she is afraid he might turn to his father’s side. When the Inquisitor from the Clave comes for him, he is locked away in the dungeons in the City of Bones. Valentine slays the brothers and takes another Mortal Instrument with him: the Sword. He tries to persuade Jace to join him and his quest.
There are also strange killings going on. Someone is slaying the Downworlders. When Simon and one of Luke’s werewolves are taken away, it’s obvious who took them. Valentine has a master plan; he wants to raise an army of demons to attack the Clave. Can they stop him before it is too late?
I’m still not satisfied with the whole Clary-Jace-brother/sister-thing. It actually made me feel a bit disgusted. So, I better be right about them!
There is a lot going on in this book. (Clary and Simon are in some sort of relationship, Downworlders are dying, her mother doesn’t wake up, Valentine is trying to manipulate Jace and Jace has to deal with the Inquisitor.) Despite that, the story was easy to follow and I liked the constant pace. The plot was good and the ending left me excited for the next book.
There were some things that bothered me. Clary.. I like her, but I expected her to finally kick some butt. She is a Shadowhunter in name, but not in action. She recently found out that she has a gift for Runes, but that is hardly explained. I hope that we will get more background about it. The same for Jace newfound talent.
One major complain I have is a spoiler, so you need to go over the text:
When Valentine sliced Simon’s throat and drained him from his blood, I expected him to die. It would be much more believable. When Jace brought him back to life with his blood, I could buy it. But when Simon is exposed to the sunlight and he didn’t burn to death, I rolled my eyes.
“I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?"
"A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”