Saturday, June 2, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) 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.

My Review:

As a huge fan of both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, I could not wait to read this book.  As usual, I ended up loving this Cassandra Clare book.  Now, I have to wait until 2014 for the next book in the series.  


I'm going to start by mentioning the romance in this book.  First, there is the Clary and Jace romance.  Throughout most of this book, he was not the real Jace, but there were a few good moments between the two of them.  Second, Magnus and Alec.  Alec really needs to learn to get over his insecurities about Magnus' past.  Magnus did date before, but that was before he met Alec.  Third, I was glad that Maia and Jordan became a couple in this book.  Four, Isabelle and Simon.  Their romance is my favorite by far.  They are obviously in love with each other, but neither of them are telling the other that.  I can't wait to see their relationship in the final book of the series.

Now, I have to mention the plot.  There was a great plot line in this book.  Sebastian was evil, but occasionally, he would seem more human.  Though I really disliked him at one point near the end.  Anyway, Sebastian's plan is to make a new Mortal Cup and use demon's blood to create a new group of dark Shadowhunters.  His plan works, and the Shadowhunters who drink the blood become messed up and different.  At the same time, all the characters back in New York are trying to find a weapon to separate Jace and Sebastian.  Simon raises the angel Raziel who gives him Michael the angel's sword.

This was an amazing book.  Don't read it unless you have read the first four books in the series.  If you like YA paranormal, read the series.



  1. Isabelle and Simon were my favorite too ~ excited to see where it ends up!

    1. I'm looking forward to seeing them become an actual couple.

  2. I have seen many bad reviews for City of Lost Souls, but in my opinion, I loved it :) There was so much more plot development, more Sebastian, and more steamy scenes. You see different sides to every character and more from characters we didn't see much of to begin with. I was disappointed with how much Jace and Clary's relationship was mostly physical, I understand why it was without giving away spoilers, but I still didn't much care for it. I felt there could have been more going on with the story. I loved how Cassie showed us different sides of Sebastian -- whether they were real or not, it was thrilling to see his reactions. Overall, I loved City of Lost Souls and am anxiously waiting for the next installment of The Mortal Instruments Series.

    1. I loved it too. I really liked the character development as well. Sebastian is a good character, despite the fact that I don't actually like him. I think he is well-written.

  3. I love your's super cute.....I too have seen some mixed reviews of this book...I'm trying to finish the series so I can read it. I think I will despite the reviews.

    1. Thanks. I have seen both bad and good reviews, but I suggest reading it.