Monday, August 6, 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 496pgs

The Story

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 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 Shadowhunter's 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 Shadowhutners in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Review

Having been extremely disappointed in Cassandra Clare's previous novel, City of Fallen Angels, you would know from my review that the events not to mention the characters were crazy and ridiculous. In other words I was less than thrilled to read her fifth installment of The Mortal Instruments series, however as I read more raving book reviews, saw the gorgeous cover in person and flew right through the pages of this continuation of one of my favourite YA fantasy series, even to my surprise I found this novel not only proved how much of a better writer Clare has become but it also placed a little bit more faith into myself when it comes to this series alone because CITY OF LOST SOULS was such a vast improvement which made me very, very thankful for! Phew!

I won't get into any major details regarding the plot because it's . . . well . . . rather too hard to explain to you, especially to the new readers and since I don't want to spoil things. But everything that had happened in the actual novel was awesome and equally as thrilling in every possible way, so I had no problems in that department. So instead of boring you with small little details, I'll just get straight down to the point of the characters themselves.

Firstly there's Jace and like always he isn't quite himself in this new installment, but that comes as no huge surprise to me since he's a very complexed character which I'm sure many of you are already aware of by now. While there are plenty of Jace fans out there and while I do have some respect for his character and sympathize with everything he's been through, but quite frankly I don't care about Jace at all now. At least not like I used to. I mean, of course I love him to bits because he's damn right hilarious and a little bit of a romantic at heart - not to mention a fiery little fighter - but I'm quite tired of his character and his personal "issues". Really tired in fact. Now along with Jace, there comes our central and sometimes misjudged character, Clary Fray, whom personally for me is an up and down character for most people, and let's just say she isn't a favourite character of mine either in all honesty. After all, time and time again, Clary has made many stupid decisions throughout this series and I never had any real respect for her, only, to my surprise, something changed in this book for her character. For once, I gradually came to like her (I know what the hell?!) because her decisions were right instead of always wrong, but just when I liked her, towards the end she only proved me right again when she made another stupid decision after another . . . but then she made another right decision . . . so again, she's an up and down character that you'll either love or hate her for. But the point is . . . while she still remains a non-favourite character of mine, but I have a lot more respect for her, at least more than I ever used to have which is good since she's come so far in this series!

With the two main characters out of the way, what I love most about Cassandra Clare's book's and her writing is her supporting cast aand the variety they always seem to come in. Simon . . . Isabelle . . . Alec . . . Magnus . . . Maia . . . Luke . . . Jocelyn . . . heck even Sebastian were fantastic as always and they were the main reason why I loved this book so, so much more than the previous installments. I mean, despite the complications in this series (trust me there's plenty of them in this particular book with all emotions running high) but what never fails to change is the larger role the supporting characters seem to play and the fun factor they forever bring to each and every single book in this series. For once, as far as I can see, the supporting cast isn't faded into the background . . . they actually DO something to keep the action flowing rather than SIT back and wait for Hell to freeze over. Take for example in CITY OF LOST SOULS, the supporting cast seemed to have taken the lead in the storyline and were productive in finding ways to save our Jace and Clary from Sebastian's evil plans, and clearly the spotlight was totally stolen by Simon and Sebastian - and my Team Malec of course - which was a great turn especially at this point of the series because their characters developed into something much more than I originally hoped for, so thanks again Cassandra Clare for writing these delightful supporting cast of characters and allowing them to grow into fine, fine characters at that!

Now before I end this book review, I won't even mention a single word about my Malec since I'll probably burst into tears over them but moving on . . . as for those people whom hated with absolute passion over Sebastian's character, the one we first met in the third book City of Glass and made the whole Jace/Clary relationship go out of whack, I think everyone will soon change their opinions about him. At least a little while. I mean, for sure, Sebastian (or rather Jonathan) is still the same old ruthless-demon-spawn-of-a-young-boy who will always have tricks up his sleeves when it comes to Jace and his sister Clary, but I'm one of those few whom absolutely love him and appreciate him as a character. I know . . . I know . . . you probably think I'm crazy for saying this right now but I've always loved Sebastian. Always! He's the total package in a villain. He's mysterious, he makes you sympathic towards him at certain times, he makes you question his loyalities and his motives, he makes you laugh, he makes you forever on edge when he appears . . . honestly what's not to love about him? And trust me here folks . . . he rocks in this book because you know he's bad but you are always captivated by him and wanting to know what he will do next. I just love him, okay? He's a total evil-doer!

Overall, there's so much to say about CITY OF LOST SOULS and yet so little space to express all of my feelings and emotions that are currently running through my mind right now. But with every character, every scene and every action leaving you on the edge of your seat to a point of no return, not to mention beautiful little references to Clare's Infernal Devices series (I mean you are so killing me here with mentionings of Will and the Clockwork Angel necklace), this fifth installment of The Mortal Instruments series was a true delight to read and it was a fine book to prepare me for the last book in this series, Heavenly Fire, which is coming out in a few years time. Man oh man how will I cope until then, huh? I mean, c'mon what's going to happen to my MALEC!!!!!!!!!! *infinite cries* That's for another time folks . . . !!!

The Rating 4 1/2 / 5 stars


  1. I think my favorite park of CoLS was all the references to Infernal Devices. I can't wait for the last book and see how everything comes together in both series! Great review! I am glad that you enjoyed it.

    1. I know! I was so excited when I saw the ID references . . . so awesome! Just wanted more of them! Thanks Kristina!

  2. I enjoyed this one more than CoFA too - and Malec! I was devastated, but Alec DID act like a complete idiot in this book. Still, really hope they can work things out. My favourite part though was the part with the copy of A Tale of Two Cities which was written in by Will. Made me really excited for Clockwork Angels. Great review thank you! :)

    1. Glad to hear it! OMG MALEC! *pouts* Alec had his reasons and while he should've known what he was getting himself into with Magnus (you know with him being immortal and all that) . . . but I couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy. I love MALEC so much!!!! OMG YES! I was so excited when the copy of TOTC came up . . . it was a pretty awesome moment. Thanks Liz!

  3. I'm really glad you loved this, especially as you weren't expecting to! I thought I'd given up on this series as well but now you have me thinking I should give it one more go!

    1. I'm glad I loved it too. A better improvement compared to the fourth installment. I would still give this series a go . . . it does have its finer moments!

  4. I really hate reading reviews for Cassie Clare novels, because you all make me want to go back and give them another effing try!! I wasn't a big fan of the first three TMI, nor did I finish CA (WHAT. THE. EFF. IS. WRONG. WITH. ME), but when I see enthusiasm like this and hear all these fabulous things about the plot and the characters (and you REALLY love Team Malec, don't you? :P), I just want to feel that love too. Agh, perhaps I shall... we shall see. Curse you and your fabulous reviews, ERIN!

    1. I can understand your problems with TMI series, it does have its ups and downs, but you MUST read The Infernal Devices series . . . my favourite series ever! But yeah, definitely give CC's books another go!

      Team Malec . . . everyone is on that team! haha. Thanks Brodie!

  5. I haven't written my review yet for this as it will take me some time to get my thoughts straight. I didn't realise you didn't like City of Fallen Angels, glad you were back in the saddle with this one:D It's kinda different TMI because the first 3 books are a series and then these next three books are written different but a series within this series. Jace was different, expectedly so in this book, but I did miss the errr... regular, lol!! Jace, but I get the why. It just felt different. Book was darker and Sebastian is a creepy boy,ha!

    Anyhoo, I must get my head around my review soon, before I have to read the book again:D

    WOnderful honest thoughts!


    1. City of Fallen Angels was such a disappointment, but I'm really glad that I'm back being a fan again. I get what you mean . . . this next trilogy for TMI series has such a different feel compared to the first 3 books, which is good I suppose since it's darker and has that edge about it. Thanks!


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