City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (McElderry Books, 2008)

Still reeling from the events which left her mother in a coma and her true father revealed as a cunning, ruthless villain, Clary Fray struggles to accept her new status as a Shadowhunter, even as she attempts to juggle the feelings she has for two very different men: one of whom is her best friend, the other her newly-discovered brother. Events cascade out of control when Clary’s father launches an ambitious plan to use an army of demons to slay the vampires and werewolves of the Underworld, just as internal strife within the Shadowhunters threatens those closest to Clary. In order to avert a disaster, the secret supernatural world of New York will be drawn into war. One of Clary’s closest friends will undergo a dramatic change, and another may just betray them all before all is said and done. In this book, the second in the series, Clare continues the epic tale of love and demon-fighting. Part soap opera, part urban fantasy, it’s a thrilling story, full of twists. I’ll be looking forward to the next one to see how things turn out.

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