TITLE: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry
RELEASE DATE: May 8, 2012
HARDCOVER: 535 pages
GENRE: Urban Fantasy
PRECEDED BY: City of Fallen Angels
FOLLOWED BY: City of Heavenly Fire (coming May 27, 2014)
SYNOPSIS: 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.
Love and family are the major themes throughout this book. Readers are able to see the courage and loyalty the characters have for one another. And are also able to see how the characters have a more understanding and respect for each other.
City of Lost Souls (COLS) starts off two weeks after Jace goes missing at the end of City of Fallen Angels (SOFA). The Clave has place finding Jace on hold due to other important priorities, and as you all know, Clary and her friends are not going to take that in an understanding and reasonable manner. So they go into finding Jace on their own; taking risks, chances, and gambling with their own lives. When Jace contacts Clary, he gives her a choice to either come with him and Sebastian or never see him again. So Clary has to decide to either leave her friends or go with Jace, knowing she may never come back.
The beginning was suspenseful and drew me in, but a big chuck of the middle of the book was pretty slow. It was a tedious read for me knowing Clary and her friends were trying to find a way to find Jace and get information. Most of it was pretty predictable.
There are 21 chapters and it didn’t get interesting until chapter 18.
With the lack of character development in the previous book, COFA, Cassandra Clare made up for it in COLS.
Clary→ Clary is the same ol’ Clary. Rebellious and does her own thing. But the one thing I am so tired of reading is her lack of confidence in her own beauty. Why does she always have to compare herself to Isabelle?
I love Alec’s and Isabelle’s sibling relationship. They both support one another and have this connection many of their friends won’t be able to understand, but even though they have each other, they both have a desire to be wanted by others.
Isabelle and Simon relationship is adorable. They are my favorite “couple”.
Cassandra Clare did a great job describing all the different places the characters went to, and the imagery of each environment the characters were in, all had a different feel to them. But, I think Clare gives too much description. It makes her books feel like they are dragging along and aren’t getting anywhere. She doesn’t keep the descriptions short and simple. There are about two to three paragraphs full of an explanation or description of something.
This was worth a read of course. I just wish it wasn’t so slow and predictable with most of the middle of the book.
The humor was there, and for the readers who have read the previous book (COFA), you definitely can see a difference between the Controlled Jace and the Regular Jace.
Have you read the The Mortal Intrustments? What are your thoughts on the fifth installment??
Book Cover: .5
Character Development/Plot: 3 out of 3
Interest: .7 out of 1
Imagery: .7 out of 1
Total: 4.9 stars