Review: ‘City of Lost Souls’ by Cassandra Clare

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Review: ‘City of Lost Souls’ by Cassandra ClareCity of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Published by Margaret K. McElderry on May 8th, 2012
Genres: Angels, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Vampires, Wolves, Young Adult
Pages: 535
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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I was lucky enough to actually pick up this series when the first three books were already published and fell in love with the fast paced adventures with Clary and Jace. Now I find as I’m reading the most recent books, it has lost its sparkle. That feeling of wanting to know what happens next because of the twists and turns wasn’t apparent in City of Lost Souls and I wonder why. It was incredibly boring in the beginning. A lot of useless scenes were filled with talk dialogue and intense making out and then some. Sure I don’t mind the play by play but the plot development was lacking in the beginning . It took a long time for something to happen and I felt so bored.

Don’t get me wrong though. I’m not trashing the entire novel. Just the lack of pacing in the beginning. I always want to know if the story is moving along and this book babbled along for soooo many pages. I did enjoy the impending fate of Jace and his foray into the “dark side.” it made it a lot more interesting having someone you love be so damn evil. Clary, bless her, she didn’t let anyone or anything get in her way to save him and I love that about her. Putting yourself in danger at the hands of your sadistic evil brother sure wasn’t easy. She pulled it off of course. I like that she’s a lot stronger and faster than before.

As for the other characters, I always welcome Simon because he was always such a friendly and likeable character who I turned to or humor relief. As well as Magnus Bane who is not short of humor either. Alex and Isabelle, and Maia and Jordan tie in the cast rather beautifully and I can’t help but love how they all support one another. Now for Sebastian also known as Jonathan, he was just as conniving and ruthless as I thought he could be. Maybe more so in this book. He takes the award for being the douchebag in this entire series. (Sorry for my offensive word, but I can’t help but point out the obvious).

As always I can’t wait for the next novel. Especially when Cassandra Clare is having a new series about the Shadow Hunters too!



Is it really love to tell someone that if it came down to picking between then and every other life on the planet, you’d pick them?
I won’t be just your friend. I loved you, Maia. I’m in love with you. I always have been. I always will be. Just being your friend would kill me.
I should be with you because I love you.
A book that one has not read yet is always more exciting than a book one has memorized.
I love you. And you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.
Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.
I fell in love with you because you were one of the bravest people I’d ever known. So how could I ask you to stop being brave because I loved you?





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  2. Jun

    August 31, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    This book is good enough for me 🙂

  3. fatma shahin

    August 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    this book made me SO excited to read city of heavenly fire! its so far away in terms of release date though which sucks 🙁 oh well, the city of bones movie came out so there’s that to be excited about. CANNOT WAIT to see what happens in the end of CoHF – especially since there’s been some hinting in clockwork princess.

  4. leighmarbella

    January 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    This is probably one of my best reads of 2012. I loved this book.

  5. Ash

    October 31, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    This book looks sooo cool! Awesome story and great review.

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