May 16, 2012

Review of City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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.

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This book was everything I hoped it would be although I felt like there just weren’t enough of those swoon worthy Jcae one liners, but with good reason.  I did, however, find Clary extra annoying…as well as Alec.  But these alone did not sway my love and appreciation for this newest  installment to Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, City of Lost Souls.

Cassandra Clare brings us right back into the world of Shadowhunters and downworlders.  I didn’t realize how much I had truely missed this world Cassandra Clare had created until I started the first chapter.  It pretty much picks up a few months after where the last book, City of Fallen Angels ended. The search for Jace and Sebastian have been ongoing, with no results, and is now  being considered as non-priority.   But this announcement from the Clave doesn’t deter our scooby gang into taking matters into their own hands.

Because both Jace and Sebastian are bound to each other, we see a different side of Jace that is completely gasp worthy and gag worthy –  since Sebastian is basically aware of what Jace and Clary do with each other (romance wise) (hello brother/sister!)  We also are treated to some of the sweetest words ever to come from Jace’s mouth, that totally made me sigh out loud.

In City of Lost Souls, we see ALOT of deception.  You are left wondering, throughout the book, who is to be trusted and who is on the side of good and evil, and what the heck is Sebastian up too??  We witness the different sacrifices that the characters in the book make, all for the greater good.   We also bear witness to just how blinding love can be and how the decisions made have dire consequences.

We see alot of lose and hope, and the twists and turns that Cassandra Clare has weaved into City of Lost Souls are absolutely mind blowing and heart breaking.  I can’t wait until the next one! It is seriously going to feel like years and years.  I already need a Jace fix – STAT!

A wonderful follow up to The Mortal Instruments series that will leave fans breathless and yearning for more.

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  1. Nicola

    Awesome review! I’m so excited about this book.

    It’s not only going to FEEL like years until the next book, it IS going to be years! According to Goodreads it’s not until 2014. :(
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    You are right!! Gah :(


  2. Freak-YA-tastic

    Great review!
    I’m a fan too and this book is just too much for my little heart. I don’t know what do you think, but it’s better than CoFA.

    I don’t want to write any spoiler here for those who haven’t read City of Lost Souls yet, but I can’t wait to read the last one of this series. And I’m also afraid to read the last one. I’m pretty sure Cassandra Clare won’t spare anything to her characters. ;)
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    I agree with you on ALL! I thought CoLS was so much better than CoFA! I feel like there may be some tears for the last one…the gloves will probably be coming off. The wait will be torture!


  3. Awesome review!! I also can’t wait to go back to the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders!! I have heard that Cleary and Alex are a bit extra annoying :( However rather than that have heard nothing but awesome things and I can’t wait to read it and find out for myself!
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  4. Laura

    I really want this book! I’m still waiting for my copy in the post though.
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  5. Pride

    I absolutly love this sereis. twilight is what got me reading and i read this seires next and i compared them to me these are so much better then twilight because, they have adventure and side things that you would not think about at all but, twilight you pretty much know whats goin to happen. I was so sad when i heard the books were done but i still read them. I’ve read them 42 time in a year (not even kidding). I was so sad and I was on my book site and had those favorited and some one told me their would be a fourth. I am so excited I hope it is as good as the others. PLEASE MAKE MORE CLASANDRIA !!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS YOU’VE INSPIRED ME TO WRITE PLAESE GIVE ME MORE OF A REASON TO !!!


  6. I have only just started and can not put it down as it is very exciting and I need to know who it ends


  7. Carrie

    I’ve been a HUGE fan of this series from the very beginning. I think the series should have ended with book 3. I was initially excited about having another 3 books added but after reading City of Lost Souls I’m sorely disappointed in it. I haven’t even finished it yet. I’ve been reading it for over a year now. I read 150 books a year but this one is driving me crazy. I just picked it back up again because the final book is here and I cannot wait to read it. I’m hoping that it’s more like the first 4 books which I thought were 5-star fantastic, but this one here fell very very short for me.

    I loved your review above… I’ve been trying to figure out why this one is falling short for me since I’m such a huge fan so I’ve been tracking down all the reviews for CoLS to get a feel for why I’m having such a hard time with it.

    While here I see that you have a lot of the same YA interests that I do so I’m adding you to my bloglovin likes.


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