Review–City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
 
by Cassandra Clare

Summary: 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.

Source: I purchased a copy.

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City of Lost Souls was crazy. I have had the book on my shelf for what seems like close to a year. Since I stopped reading after City of Glass, I didn't know what the rest of the series would entail. I'd look at the covers and seeing Jace and Clary on the cover always made me feel like I’d finally get to see them together and being Shadowhunters and facing some new threat together. I never once imagined that the plot would go where it went. I mean, I figured that Sebastian would play some role and that Clary’s refusal of the Seelie Queen’s favor would play into the next plot as well. Because I did not predict most aspects of the plot, I definitely think the author did a good job creating something unique.

While it was disappointing to me that I never really got the full effect of Jace and Clary working together without some sort of conflict pulling them apart, I was happy to see some of the other characters working together and forming new bonds. I have grown to like Isabelle a lot more as time goes by and I enjoy Alec and his relationship with Magnus. I feel like these characters, though caught up in an unreal scenario, brought a level of truth and had issues real people could relate to. Who hasn’t felt like the future with their significant other is scary? Who hasn’t been afraid to admit they have feelings for someone?

The whole book was full of risks, love, adventure, danger, and fear. The fates of everyone hung in the balance and I loved watching it all unfold. I can’t wait to see how it all ends. I definitely recommend the books and I do not regret continuing on after City of Glass.

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