Monday, August 13, 2012

City of Lost Souls By: Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments Book 5)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 534
Level: Young Adult
Published: May 8, 2012

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.

The wait for this book was so long after City of Fallen Angels came out that when I started reading this one, I was so confused and had no clue what was going on. That didn’t change very much throughout the book. I learned to go along with the plot line of this book, but I was still missing key details from the previous books.
Besides the fact that I was confused most of the book, it was actually good. The plot line wasn’t slow and I was kept interested. 

I have to admit that I actually fell for Sebastian. I felt so bad for him and actually thought it was cute when he wanted to be with Clary. 

I am a little disappointed that Cassandra Clare is still writing books for The Mortal Instruments series though, three books was enough and now she’s just trying to extend the plot even more.
Towards the end of the book I was actually disappointed that all of the loose ends weren’t tied up. I love the series, I do, but I think that five books is way too far. Otherwise, it was a good installment, I personally think it was better than City of Fallen Angels. If you enjoyed the others in the series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as well. 
Cover: 4/5
Character Rating: 4/5
Style: 3/5
Plot Development: 5/5
Overall: ***

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