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.”


I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book.

This was a great book, don’t get me wrong, but I also had some problems with it as well.

I listened to this book on audio like I did with the first book in this series, City of Bones, and I must saw that I enjoyed the narrator of this book much more than in the first book. When I read City of Bones, the narrator of that book made all the character sound almost exactly the same but this narrator made them all sound different. I could tell who was speaking instead of getting somewhat confused. I really liked the narration.

I’m still not a huge fan of Clary as a main character. I still can’t connect with her as a main character. I think that she made decisions throughout the course of this book that weren’t the best idea and were kind of unnecessary. I did, however, really enjoy the other characters in this book. I think my favorite character have to be Alec, Magnus, and Isabelle, as well as Jace on occasion. I think that they were all written so well and I could read an entire book just on those characters alone.

As far as the romance parts of this book, there were some they I really did enjoy and some that I didn’t. I LOVE the romance that is forming between Alec and Magnus. Since we don’t see a whole ton of LGBTQ+ romances in YA paranormal books I was plesantly surprised to see one incorporated into this series. They have become one of my favorite couples by far.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the romance between Clary and Simon. I love Simon as a character but not as a love interest. This romance just felt kind of forced and I don’t think it was necessary. I’m kind of glad that Simon ended up ending the relationship at the end of the book.

I really did like the plot of this book but it felt just really slow and hard to get into. I loved all the battle scenes and everything kept me on the edge of my seat. If only the pace of this book was as good as the action, maybe I would have enjoyed it more.

Overall, this book was just ok in my opinion. It was good enough to make me want to continue on with the series but I wish I had liked it more. Hopefully I will enjoy the rest of this series as I get further and further into it.

RATING: 3.5/5