City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Also by this author: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
I can’t remember when I read the fourth book in this series but I would venture a guess and say at least five years ago. I put off reading this for a long time because it sounded like I would have to read The Infernal Devices series before I could continue on with this. So I dragged my feet for years because Clare just has never really impressed me. I don’t think I have ever given one of her books a five star rating. I feel her writing is pretty generic and basic YA. I think the years apart from this story have helped me to appreciate it more.
Diving back into this story actually felt pretty easy since I haven’t been with this group in over five years. I was very worried that this was going to be very Clary and Jace centric once again and I was right in my thinking. Jace has never been a favorite of mine and I got annoyed with their “romance/love story” by the end of the third book. I do have to say that Clare finally, FINALLY, helped me to like the two of them as a couple with this book. I have this weakness for when the male character is not himself and the female lead needs to go save him. I don’t know why this is a weakness of mine but it is so I highly enjoyed seeing this in this book. Plus I felt that Jace was a better version of himself in this one. I know he was under control of a different person but his true colors finally broke through here. I really loved Jace for the first time in this long series.
Apart from finding a connection with Clary and Jace I have to say I enjoyed seeing more of the other characters. I once said that I only read this series for the secondary characters and I still love them all. I especially loved seeing more of Simon and how he interacts with the world and more importantly Isabelle (I enjoyed that she actually had some feelings in this one). I feel that we have more yet to learn about Magnus and his relationship with Alec was rocky in this one but who doesn’t love a little drama to their relationship since it has always seemed a little perfect from the outside.
Overall I am now excited to read Clockwork Princess and then jump right into City of Heavenly Fire so I can finally say I finished this long series. I still do not count Clare as a favorite but I think the characters and the world of the shadowhunters is growing on me. Let us see if I get sick of them by the time I read more of her books, since the woman only writes about shadowhunters in each of her series.