Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #5
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Number of Pages: 536
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
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.

This review will be extremely short. The thing is, I love this series. This book didn’t really disappoint me.  After all, this is the story that we have loved for already four books. It has the same character we love, the same character we love to hate.

The thing is, I find it hard to review when I love a book this much. Why? Well, I simply love the series, and to me, it can do no wrong. Well, unless she made her characters do something that is so not them (like Jace falling in love with Simon…)

The story caught me form page one, and I couldn’t stop reading until I was done. There was only one thing that I didn’t like about the book, and it was the abundance of Maya and Jordan. There were many scenes with only those two. The thing is, I don’t really care for them. I want to read about Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus and Isabelle. I don’t really care for the other characters so much. I don’t care if it’s a scene that we absolutely need, but when it is only a glance at their relationship, I don’t really want to read about it so much.

If you love this series, you will enjoy this book. It is a nice continuation of City of Fallen Angels.


  1. I am the same way with books I love because I feel like all I do is go on and on with it or I don't even know how to describe how great it was too be lol. I can't wait to read this one!

    your newest follower,

    1. Thanks! I'm just too in love with this series to just suddenly start hating it. It's just too addicting.

  2. Agree, I could care less about Jordan and Maia. Jace, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus and Isabelle are the real reasons we keep reading book after book.

    1. Really, I don't get why she gave them more importance in this book. I'm curious to see if there's a reason we'll understand in the final book, or if it was just for the fun of it.

  3. {if i'm commenting i'm a follower}

    I need to go get this book. I have to complete series. Thank you for sharing. :)


  4. I read City of Fallen Angels and decided then that I was done reading this series further. For me it ended at City of Glass. Perhaps I'll pick it up again someday. I'm glad you're enjoying the second faze of the series though.

    Sara @ Just Another Story

    1. I have to say that I started the first trilogy when the fourth book was already announce, so maybe that helped me get into the second part, as I knew it was coming..? I felt like the first three books were complete on their own, but I was so excited for more. When I love characters, I always want more (as long as it is true to the characters.)