City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries, Mages, and Angels all in one book. Who could ask for anything more?

I have to be honest, I’ve read so many books in the past year that I have a hard time remembering what happens in all the series that I read. This certainly goes for City of Bones, the first in the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The one redeeming quality though, is when I read the next book in the series, I remember the past books. When I remember the other books, the more I remember, the better I thought the book was that first time I read it. Saying that, I was ashamed of myself for not remembering more of City of Bones, because it was an excellent book. Once I started reading City of Ashes, I instantly remembered all the characters and plot. I think this is one of the most original novels out there today. It’s hard to say that, because it seems like everything has been already done, but Cassandra Clare has definitely found one more piece of that originality pie.

At the end of the first novel, we learn that Jace and Clary are brother and sister and that their father is Valentine, the “bad guy” in the novels. City of Ashes starts with all that tension that City of Bones left us with. Clary and Jace have to figure out how to be just brother and sister, they have to find out what their father intends to do with two mortal instruments (the mortal cup and the soul sword), and then eventually stop him from his plot to overthrow the Clave.

Even though the idea, to most, of a brother and sister loving each other more than sibling love is pretty disgusting, I find that I am actually rooting them both on. I keep finding myself hoping that somehow they aren’t blood related so that they both can be together. It seems unfair that they can’t be together. I have some predictions or ideas of what could happen in the next book that will allow them to actually be together. I guess here is as good as any place to put those ideas.

One way that I see Jace and Clary being able to be together is that they aren’t really brother and sister. In the book it keeps mentioning that Valentine did things to them to make them better or have special powers. We see that through Jace’s extra strength and Clary’s ability to make new runes and more powerful ones. I almost believe that he might have created Jace and Clary and that their mother was almost like a surrogate. Of course, I’m just speculating, but it’s an idea that kept popping into my head as I was reading.

Another possibility that I had seen throughout the book, is the possibility that Jace or Clary isn’t Valentine’s son/daughter. Jace thought that he was the son of Wayland, but supposedly that son died. Well, what if the wrong son died and they find out he in fact really is that son? All the experiments or whatever that Valentine did on Jace and Clary seem to be done after they were born.

I don’t know that either of these are real possibilities, but I like to think there is hope for Jace and Clary to be together. I know that real life doesn’t hold so many opportunities for a love like that and it seems to be a waste to not be able to have that in this fictional world. At least, that’s what I believe. But that’s just what I want to happen. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t happen. It’s just one of those things that make you feel all happy a fuzzy inside when someone, be it real or fictional, actually gets some happiness.