Even better than the first! This book was fast paced and kept me interested from beginning to end. Of course we still have the main triangle of Clary, Jace, and Simon and although I am on team Jace, I do really like Simon too. It is still believed that Clary and Jace are siblings but I'm betting this must eventually change. A girl can hope... Plus, the way they continue to act in this story seems to show that they aren't getting over one another any time soon.
The main premise of this installment is that Valentine has now stolen the second Mortal Instrument, the Soul Sword. He plans to use it, along with the blood of Downworlder children, to call his army. Clary and her crew must find a way to stop him without getting killed in the process. There are several really engaging action scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat. In all of these scenes, Jace and Simon try to be Clary's ultimate protectors but we learn as we get deeper into the story that she is much more powerful than anyone had realized. I came up with a lot of new theories about what path her character might take.
We also meet some intriguing new characters in this book but it wasn't so many that you couldn't keep track. Every character had a purpose in the story. As much as I want to dive into the next book, City of Glass, I do have a couple of other books ahead of it on my Nook. This was definitely a strong sequel and I can't wait to continue the series!