City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
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.
What did I think?
Ok, so I am a fan of this series. Really I am. Although I like The Infernal Devices better. But this book was not a favorite.
I really loved the first three in this series. City of Fallen Angels kept up the pace somewhat but this book could not keep my attention. It took me over a week to read this. A WEEK! I never do that. Plus I read and finished other books during this time. I found myself putting this down and picking it back up multiple times.
The first 200-250 pages were, for me, like wading through mud. It was difficult to read. The switching between so many characters was sporatic and almost hard to keep up with the stories of each one.
Part of the reason it might have been a bit dull was the lack of Jace. Jace was absent for almost the entirety of this book so the interest wasn’t totally there. It’s understandable that he wasn’t there…..cuz…ya know being posessed and all 😉
What did I like?
I loved Simon in this. He started to become who he is meant to be. He’s growing up and he is doing a fantastic job of it. I was so dang proud of him in this. He totally rocked it. He was a shining star in this. For real.
Magnus. Magnus. MAGNUS! I cannot say how completely awesome he is. Every book he’s in he totally rocks my face off. I totally wish he was my best friend. BFF Seriously.
Isabelle was really great too. She’s realizing her feelings towards Simon and figuring out how to deal with them. I thought seeing this other side, the softer side, was really fantastic. I liked seeing her vulnerability. Made her more human.
What didn’t I care for?
For a strange reason, I didn’t like Clary. I found myself annoyed with her for a lot of the book. She didn’t seem like the strong, independant, heroine I found her to be in the first three books. She seemed a little wishy washy and whiny for a lot of the book.
Alec. For shame! Bad boy…..’nough said. 😉 Can’t give any spoilers.
Like I mentioned before the different POV from every character. It was hard to keep up with all the different scenarios going on all at once.
Overall this was an okay read. Not one of Cassandra’s best because, personally, we could have left it at the first three without dragging this on.
The last 100 or so pages were completely awesome and I found myself trying to read it faster to try and absorb everything that happened. I still am a little dizzy.
I know that this is more of a negative review so please don’t misunderstand. I really and truly like this series. This just wasn’t my favorite of the series.
For a different perspective, check out another review HERE.
This book, of course, left off with another cliffhanger and some unanswered questions. So I am anxiously awaiting the next in this series.
“You know, what you said earlier-that when you ran away you would have liked to think someone was looking for you.” He took a deep breath. “I was looking for you. I never stopped.”