"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?"
I loved this sequel almost more than the first book, City of Bones (reviewed here). The characters are engaging and the dialog often witty. It is an adventure throughout with a few twists and surprises. It is a very satisfying urban fantasy, similar in feel to the Wicked Lovely books (see here and here), though I liked this one a lot better. I can't wait to get my hands on the final book, City of Glass, which was just released.
A few very mild references.
It is pretty violent, lots of action sequences.
Overall rating: ****
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