The second book of The Moral Instruments, “City of Ashes” continues Cassandra Clare’s overall story right where the first book left off as well carrying over all the “meh” worthy characteristics presented in “City of Bones”.
Clare begins her book with action from the beginning and sets the plot in motion, however everything then starts going downhill. The main characters Clary and Jace remain the same as when we first seem them in “City of Bone” only now with the added taboo sibling romantic love angle between them, which is beyond weird since both know about their familial relationship now. The weird sibling romantic angle isn’t the only love connection that is just off the rails, Magnus and Alec is completely eye rolling for the simple fact that a 300+ year old warlock is hosting a 16 year old kid in his house a lot. Then there is the introductions of more Clave members, especially two adult women who unfortunately are some of the worst written characters of the book—Maryse Lightwood and Inquisitor Imogen Herondale. And that is just the beginning of all the frustrating things in this book that ended with another thud epilogue like “City of Bones”.
The only thing that kept me continuing reading was the quick pace of the overall narrative, which allowed me to have an overall “meh” with the entire book.