Definitely better than City of Bones, but still not fantastic.
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? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? 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?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.
SOOOOOOO. This book. I’m liking Simon as vampire. It’s kind of sad that he thought that he was already becoming one, but really he wasn’t. Ugh, then he just HAD to go to DuMort and got attacked. Really smart.
Then there’s that whole uncomfortable tension between Clary and Jace because they think that they are related. Really? I missed out on a whole book of Jerry because they characters didn’t even know who their family was. COME ON.
The Inquisitor. I know that she’s, like Jace’s grandmother, but she is SO STIFF AND ANNOYING. But, she makes up for it when she saves his life. THAT SHIP BATTLE IS SO EPIC AND INSANE AND WOAH. SIMON THE DAYLIGHTER IS AWESOME. I’m liking Maia and Simon better than Izzy and Simon. I know! I know! A vampire and a werewolf. But Izzy is too crazy, ahem, spirited for Simon.
I’m not liking Valentine at all. He is twisted and evil and his morals and world perception are corrupted beyond repair.
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