Study Guide

City of Ashes Violence

By Cassandra Clare


City of Ashes doesn't sound like a place you'd go to for brunch, a show, and selfies in front of its charming fountain… probably because a fountain in a city of ashes would be spewing fire or blood or something equally awful.

So if you're looking for a relaxing vacation, don't search AirBnB for this zip code. However, if a rough-and-tumble butt-kicking is what you're after, book your ticket right away.

Questions About Violence

  1. Are most problems in this book solved through violence? Are there ever any non-violent solutions to the characters' problems?
  2. Why does Clary insist on always joining the battles even though she's a terrible fighter?
  3. Did Simon have violent tendencies before becoming a vampire, or did becoming a vampire bring out something he never had?

Chew on This

Jace was trained to be a warrior, so he tends to approach everything with a strike-first, ask-questions-later mentality. He gets that from his father.

Valentine is done with diplomacy (although he never really tried it). His plan is an all-out violent war to cleanse the world.