Genre : Young Adults , Fantasy
Series : The Mortal Instruments : City of bones; City of ashes; City of glass
French title : La cité des ténèbres : L'épée mortelle
American publisher : Simon Pulse : 9.99$US, 11.50$CAN
English publisher : Walker Books : 7.99£
French publisher : Pocket jeunesse : 19,50€ ( release on 20th of august 2009)
With her mother in a coma and her father hellbent on destroying the world, Clary Fray is dragged deeper into New York City's terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning. Now the fate of the world rests on Clary's shoulders, but can she master her new-found powers and control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?
What I think
In City of Bones, we had left Valentine escape toward Idris, with the Mortal Cup. He's now able to create a new race of Shadowhunters, but for that he's ready to sacrifice a lot of human lives. Valentine always had only one goal : to destroy all the Downworlders, that's to say demons but former humans too, like werewolves, vampires, or semi-demons like warlocks.
After Valentine's return, Jace is seen as a spy, and locked in a cell under the Silent City by the Inquisitor, who looks like she really hates Jace.
During this time, Valentine steals the Soul Sword, or the Angel Sword. He wants to create an army of demons that he will manipulate and make obey him thanks to the sword, and he'll be able to open the doors of the other world when he will have given to the sword the blood of four kids : a warlock, a werewolf, a vampire, and a fae.
A battle will take place to prevent him from fulfilling his dark intention...
Between all these adventures, some things happen, Clary is now with Simon, her best friend, who has always been in love with her, but she's still got feelings for Jace, even though he's her brother.
While visiting the Seelie Queen, Clary tastes a fae drink without her knowledge, and she has to stay with the fae. But the Seelie Queen says that a kiss can free Clary, but not any kiss, Jace's kiss. After that, Simon leaves. He thinks he's becoming a vampire, so he goes to the Dumort Hotel, but is attacked. Raphael, the vampire leader, brings his corpse to the Institure where Clary will have to choose for Simon. Simon has now become a vampire.
But things won't last for Simon, because he's kidnapped by Valentine and will be emptied of his blood for the sacrifice, along with Maia, a 15-year-old werewolf. Maia manages to escape, but it's too late for Simon. Fortunately, Jace finds Simon, still alive, but barely (way of speaking because technically he's already dead), and gives him his own blood to drink and saves him, all that for Clary's sake.
*** END OF SPOILERS***
I loooove it, love it, love it... In this book, there's a lot more action than in City of Bones, which was a kind of setting of the characters, the Shadowhunter world, etc. Here, we're really in the heat of action until the end, it's terrific. Lots of emotions, of injustice, I was more than once angry, especially with the Inquisitor and her way to treat Jace.
There's a lot of suspense too, especially about the relationship between Jace and Valentine, we don't know what is really going on between the two, if Jace agreed to help Valentine or not.
BEWARE : SPOILERS
There are new development, with Simon now turned into a vampire, emptied of his blood then saved, and then he's going to simply die because of the sun...
About Clary and Jace, who fell in love, but then discovered they were siblings, well I think, no I know that they're not. They can't be. Nothing's said about it in City of ashes, but there are a few insinuations that started me thinking about that. First, the Seelie Queen told Jace to ask Valentine what was flowing in his veins. Then, a new characters makes his entry, Stephen, the Inquisitor's son, who followed Valentine 15 years ago and who's now dead. Stephen had a son... And the Inquisitor seems to recognize a scar on Jace's shoulder. But we don't have time to know, because she's killed by a demon before telling it to Jace. Then, there's Valentine who said a weird thing to Clary, something like 'you and your brother, blablabla.' And Clary ask what about Jace? And Valentine : I wasn't talking of... And of course, they're interrupted...
Well, Clary and Jace are not very bright to understand all that, but fortunately, I pay attention;o)