I can’t help but compare The Mortal Instruments series to The Infernal Devices series. So far, The Infernal Devices was SO MUCH BETTER.
But if I stop comparing them for just a second, City of Ashes was still pretty good.
The characters: Jace could be a very likeable character if he wasn’t head over heels in love with his sister. He’s not trying to fight it or hide it, and it’s just wrong. There was a whole conversation around being together but just hiding it from everyone else and it weirded me out. Clary was at least trying to fight her feelings… for a while. But really, they barely knew each other when they found out they were brother and sister. It’s not like they had been in love for years. They should have been grossed out and moved on.
Alec and Isabelle are pretty underdeveloped characters so far, especially Alec. I feel like all we ever hear about him is related to his sexual orientation. Since they’re Shadowhunters, I was expecting them to play more important roles in the story, like all the Shadowhunters of the Institute in The Infernal Devices. Shoot, I’m comparing the series again.
The plot: Simon has the worst luck in this book. Everything that happened to him was way more interesting than what was happening with the inappropriate brother-sister love situation.
The narration: I listened to City of Ashes on audiobook and the narrator was wonderful. However, like I said in my status updates on Goodreads, no one can beat Ed Westwick for the voice of Magnus Bane. Or Will Herondale, but there’s no Will Herondale in this series. :(
I’m not ready to jump on the TMI bandwagon yet, but I’m going to keep with the series and see how it goes.