City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare | Book Review

Pages: 534

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Hardcover

Source: Public Library

Age Group: Young Adult

*spoiler alert for those who haven’t read The Mortal Instruments series beforehand*



The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Rating: Great Read!

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Readers of The Mortal Instruments series know that we were left off with the disappearance of Jace and Sebastian. This leaves everyone in a frenzy to find both boys, especially Sebastian who is the new threat to the Clave. So, I dove head-first into this book just waiting to see what happened next and every page I devoured. I was so not disappointed.

There’s so much going on in the City of Lost Souls. First, find Jace and Sebastian. Then, find out how to unbind Jace and Sebastian. Oh, and don’t forget to save the world from Sebastian’s evil clutches while you’re at it. This led to an action-packed, suspense-filled read! AMAZING!

Also, we get to see another side of a lot of characters. Jace has changed and not for the better which is the result of being bound to Sebastian. But, this just makes us realize how truly incredible and sweet Jace really is. And, Sebastian is just as sinister as we remember him, but we get to see a softer side that he shows to Clary. Also, Isabelle surprised me several times throughout the book. I was rooting for her & Simon the whole time! Plus, Clary went through so much in City of Lost Souls. I think this was the toughest time she’s ever experienced throughout the series. But, Clary was as brave & stubborn as always, and didn’t allow anything to stand in her path to save Jace.

City of Lost Souls was another great addition to the Mortal Instruments series which will keep fans wanting more. And, the next installment, City of Heavenly Fire, is way too far away! Ugh!! I can’t wait until 2014!

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