Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments Book #5


The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.


When I got to this book, my hopes for it were high because I had really enjoyed series. Cassandra Clare is a great author, so I had faith in her that she would deliver another stunning piece of literary magic. I had grown really attached to Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, and my favorite character of the franchise, Chairman Meow. While she did deliver a good book, it was not my favorite, and I felt that some parts fell a little flatter than she wanted them to.

This particular book was filled with so many major and minor plot lines that sometimes I got a little confused on what was going on, who was talking/meeting with who, and who the narration was focused on at the moment. The story seemed to jump around from character to character, giving us a lot of small glimpses of some characters and large moments with others. There definitely could have been more clarity on the narration part. It was very all over the place - in a good way and a bad play.

Clary seemed little more reckless in this novel than she had previously. When Clary finds out that Jace and Sebastian are connected, she immediately decides that she has to be the one to figure out how to separate them. Instead of working with her Shadowhunter friends on this, she takes matters into her own hands and makes her own plan to go with Jace in hopes of figuring out Sebastian's plans and saving Jace. Despite how Jace tries to play things, it's not all sunshine and rainbows. Clary is faced with some dangerous, frightening, and impossible situations. Something in her wants to believe that there is good in Sebastian, and her love for Jace seems to cloud her eyes for most of the story. She is so worried about him that she doesn't take time to worry about her own safety - which had me screaming at her more than once in this book.

Despite this, the book is actually action light. It's more planning, plotting, and trying to figure things out before rushing into the situation unprepared.

While it is my least favorite of the series, it is not an all-together bad book. I still advise readers to read it because the series is worth it, and anyone invested in these characters should want to see what happens to them in this book - no matter what. Opinions of this book seem to vary widely.


4 star rating

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