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?“
This is not the kind of sequel where everything stays like it was in the first book, and we just re-visit it. A couple of the characters take more of a backseat to the story and other characters in this book, and we’re introduced to a few new characters. The over-arcing problems are still there, and are developed and delved into a bit more.
To be honest, I found the villain more creepy and real in City of Ashes than in the first book. It takes a lot for me to believe a villain is a real threat to the characters that I love, and Cassandra Clare pulls no punches in this respect. She also developed the characters more (which contributed to the constant tension in the story) and has once again left them with places to go and things to do.
I recommend this book for fans of City of Bones, those who enjoy a strong female character, romantic tension, love triangles, well-developed characters, the struggle between right actions and law/establishment, and those who enjoy fantasy. But read the first book before you read this one.