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.
Clary is struggling after finding out that she is a Shadowhunter and everything just seems to be falling apart for her. She and Jace are struggling with the news that they are siblings and the feelings they hold for each other. Jace is suspected of being in league with Valentine. Simon is turned into a vampire. To top it all off Valentine has been murdering downworlders and collecting Mortal objects. Will Clary be able to survive her new life? Will Jace be able to clear his name? How many people have to die before this all ends?
I loved this book the first time I read it but now I love it even more. The characters and plot flow seamlessly between this book and the last book. I noticed things in this reread that I hadn't noticed in the book before. The flow and pace worked well together. I love Cassandra's writing style. You never know what is going to happen next.
While yes there is a lot that happens in this book it all works seamlessly and is tied up in the end. I am working on a reread of the third book now and then I am going on to first reads of the last three books. I can't get enough of Cassandra's books because you honestly can't guess what is going to happen next. If you haven't read The Mortal Instruments books then you are really missing out on a GREAT series and you should get to reading!