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 lef 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 handsom, 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.
MY OVERVIEW: Not as good as the first book, but still a great book. I really enjoy the plot throughout this series and I can’t wait to see how it continues.
PROS: Yeah! There was more Magnus in this book. He is one of the best characters. I was also happy that there was more of Luke in the book too. I feel that Jace and Clary’s characters grew a lot in this book and it was done really well
CONS: [SPOILER - I wish I had felt more emotion during Simon’s death/transformation. Even though Clary cried out, it just didn’t seem to have any emotion to it. His second death was better done in my opinion. END SPOILER] Then again, it could be more because I never really connected with Simon. I’ve always felt his character was a little “phoned in”. The author didn’t seem to have created his character as well as she did the rest of them. Although – Isabelle feels a little “phoned in” for me too.
MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Ok, where did I put the next book? ;) In this book we were introduced to a few more new characters. Some were written well (Imogen & Max) others like Maryse weren’t really written in that well. I am looking forward to seeing how these new characters fit into the rest of the series.