It just keeps getting better and better. I have just finished reading the second of Cassandra Clare‘s The Mortal Instruments series called The City Of Ashes. The story picks up where The City Of Bones left off. Valentine, having the Mortal Cup (one of the mortal instruments) in his possession wasted no time in using it for his own ends.
It is here where Valentine shows no mercy and unleashes into the world, well at least in the world of shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves and faeries, his ‘God-assigned’ plan of ridding the world of all forms of demons and evil beings. This plan is supposed to succeed and be irreversible especially when he also succeeded in stealing (with much bloodshed) the second mortal instrument – the Soul-Sword or Mortal Sword. With two mortal instruments in his arsenal, he is virtually undefeatable, almost like a god.
I can imagine the artistry and effects of the battle sequence where the shadowhunters (lead by Jace, Alec, Simon, Luke, Magnus Bane, and Clary), with the help of some downworlder folks, battle the legion of demons from hell itself. The roles of the battle choreographer and director, should this book be considered for movie production, are enviable.
This second book springs a lot of minor and major surprises. Clary has finally seen Simon not just as a childhood friend but as someone she can finally get intimate with, though she still helplessly entertains the thought of Jace in her mind. Evidence of this is when the Queen of the Seelie Court threatened to hold Clary captive unless she (Clary) gets ‘the kiss she most desires’. Thus, the (seemingly taboo) kiss happens. I say seemingly because I have a feeling that the third book is yet to spew out some more surprises. I have a feeling that some past event is yet to be revealed that will drastically change things between Jace and Clary. Otherwise, why would Cassandra Clare keep on broaching the idea of a Jace-Clary love affair, unless Cassandra has some hidden taboo desires herself. Ew
Simon, previously considered by Jace as nothing but a nuisance, now ‘rises’ to the ranks, having become a vampire (due to a previous mis-adventure). He even became one of Valetine’s tools because of his blood which Valentine needed for a ritual for turning the Mortal Sword from plain lie detector to something more demonically useful. Thus, Simon, previously refered to as ‘this mundane’ by Jace, is now ‘this bloodsucker’, though Simon thinks he prefers the former. Another big surprise is the transformation of Simon from plain vampire to daywalker, thanks to Jace’s generosity. But, what do you think will happen to Jace? One would think shadowhunters are impervious to the vulnerabilities of common folks. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Luke was once a shadowhunter. What is he now? Would something similar befall Jace?
Clary and Jace, by the way, began to bloom ability-wise, after a little revelation from the Queen of the Seelie Court. Jace started to become more and more like Twilight’s Edward. Clary started showing her special ability over the ‘unspoken words’. And speaking of Edward, this is what Stephenie Meyer, Twilight’s author and creator of the Edward character, has to say about Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments:
“The Mortal Instruments series is a story world that I love to live in. Beautiful!”
- Is there something more to the ‘experiment’ beyond Clary’s and Jace’s abilities ?
- What did the Inquisitor whisper to Jace before she expired?
Have I missed something or will I find the answers in the third book?
Tip For Guys
Is Cassandra giving us guys a tip with this dialogue between Maia and Clary? “Oh, you know. Jace reminds me of an old boyfriend. Some guys look at you like they want sex. Jace looks at you like you’ve already had sex, it was great, and now you’re just friends – even though you want more. Drives girls crazy. You know what I mean?” Yes, Clary thought. “No,” she said.
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“Oh, you know. Jace reminds me of an old boyfriend. Some guys look at you like they want sex. Jace looks at you like you’ve already had sex, it was great, and now you’re just friends – even though you want more. Drives girls crazy. You know what I mean?”
Yes, Clary thought. “No,” she said.
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