Study Guide

City of Ashes Supernatural

By Cassandra Clare


Elements of the supernatural are a requirement in the fantasy genre. Harry Potter has the familiar—wizards and witches—as well as some new twists, like thestrals and Horcruxes.

City of Ashes takes a similar approach to the genre, blending supernatural beasts we know and love (to hate), like vampires and werewolves, and stirring them in a big melting pot with angels, demons, and magical runes and artifacts like the titular Mortal Instruments. Even in a world where pretty much every character is supernatural in some way, there's always something new to discover.

Questions About Supernatural

  1. What new powers do Jace and Clary develop in this book? How does this change what we already know about this world?
  2. What do you think the limits are on Clary and Jace's new powers? Could they be unstoppable?
  3. What supernatural abilities and creatures return from the first book? What new things do we learn about them?

Chew on This

The first book, City of Bones, was about learning the rules of this new world. Now that Clary is a part of it, she has to develop her own skills to fit in and to set herself apart.

Some lore is familiar—like vampires and werewolves—but the core of the novel, the warlocks, demons and magic, are a unique, new combination of supernatural traits.