Prologue – Chapter 2
• City of Ashes is the second novel in Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy young-adult series, The Mortal Instruments.
• The story opens with the Prologue, titled "Smoke and Diamonds."
• A rogue Shadowhunter named Valentine is in the penthouse of the Metropole in Manhattan.
• The apartment is uninhabited and Valentine has hired a young warlock named Elias to summon a demon named Argamon; Argamon escapes, killing Elias in the process.
• Argamon then turns to Valentine but Valentine says he has possession of the Mortal Cup and that Argamon must obey him or "face the consequences.”
• Argamon pledges obedience to Valentine.
• The first chapter of Part One, “Valentine's Arrow,” opens with a conversation between Alec and Jace.
• Alec and Jace argue over dragon demons until Alec's sister Isabelle intervenes.
• Maryse Lightwood, mother of Alec and Isabelle, arrives and says her youngest son, Max, is in his room and her...
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