Thursday, 16 July 2009

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

I'm almost finished City of Bones and so far it has been great. I've just been too busy to finish it. I thought I'd have to wait until September for the second book City of Ashes, but I discovered a copy at Bookers in Gadong! Don't you love when that happens? Anyway, I'll donate City of Bones to the SRR as soon as I'm done.

BTW, as happy as I am, I should mention it cost me $1.50 more buying it here than it would have from Amazon (yes, I'm still complaining about the Brunei book markup).

Amazon Review
In City of Bones (2007), normal teenager Clary discovered she was a Shadowhunter, long-lost daughter of murdering megalomaniac Valentine - and therefore the sister of her new boyfriend Jace. Now she's caught up in the dangerous politics of the Downworld, where Jace is suspected of treason, non-human kids are being ritually murdered and best friend Simon is transforming into a werewolf. Clary must protect Simon, save Jace from a vindictive Downworlder Inquisitor, prevent Valentine from building an unstoppable demon army and fight her undiminished passion for Jace. The prose is exceedingly purple: Eyes are always paint chips, black pits or jewels in a spider's web; ichor-leaking demons have voices like shattering glass; fairies have hair like autumn leaves or poison green skin. But this action-packed tale uses melodrama and florid descriptions to good effect, crafting emotional tension and heart-wrenching romantic dramas. Readers of urban fantasy will devour this deliciously overwrought adventure.

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