6/7/12

City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 534
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads)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. 

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My Summary: Since Jace's disappearance on the rooftop after their battle with Lilith nothing has been quite the same. The Clave is no longer searching as profoundly, and it seems as if everyone has given up - everyone except Clary, Simon, Alec, and Isabelle. Together with Magnus, the four of them set out to do everything they can to bring Jace back - including betraying the Clave and invoking the power of Heaven itself.

My Thoughts: Do I even need to review this one? I mean really, guys - if you've ever read and liked a book by miss Clare, you know that this one's going to be awesome and that you should probably get your hands on it as fast as possible. Stop wasting time reading a review by someone listening to 'afro circus' on repeat - you deserve better.

Still here? Well I guess I'll talk about it a little, since you're being so insistent. We see a lot of growth with Simon's character in this installment, as well as Izzy. They were probably my favourite couple in this book, no lie. I loved that we got to learn a little more about the Praetor and the Iron Sisters - I've been wanting to find out more about them for ages. And I'm probably not the only one who did this, but there were some definite "OMG! WHAT?!?!" moments (especially when the characters from The Infernal Devices were mentioned; William, you sexy beast you!). I gotta say, Alec's insecurities made me a little upset... And that ending! It reminded me of one of my favourite quotes of all time:

I just wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school. I wish that I could bake a cake made out of rainbows and smiles, and we'd all eat it and be happy!

(She doesn't even go here!)

I'm sorry. I just have a lot of feelings.

Final Thoughts: You know I'm going to recommend you read this. Go get yourself a copy already - stop delaying the inevitable!

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