Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Pages: 534
Reviewed by: Ambers I. & R.

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.

Amber R's Thoughts

I have absolutely no idea how Cassandra Clare can continue to hook me into this story five books in. However, she did. I was completely in this book from page one. My hands are already itching for book six. Which tells you, no this isn't the end of our favorite Shadowhunters.

There were so many things that happened in this book. So many things that I can't even address. I don't want to give anything away, of course. I'm sure there are people out there who haven't read it yet. I did like the way we went back in forth between the different narrators. It was a good mix hearing from Clary's point of view, Simon's, Maia's, Izzy's, etc. We get a good view of the story from several different angles and things come together nicely at the end as well.

I couldn't believe Jace in this book. Or Alec. I was so ticked at both of them. Alec is so insecure in his relationship with Magnus, which I can totally understand but I just wanted to shake him. I can't believe that Jace is going along with Sebastian. Again, I wanted to shake him. But then Clary ends up with Jace and Sebastian, I'm not going to lie.. I was half way convinced. They had me almost believing them. Luckily, we all came to our senses. I loved, loved, loved, Simons part in this book. I loved him being B.A., I love him and Izzy getting to know each other. Oh yeah, Sebastian is totally creepy, like gross creepy. Ugh. You'll see.

I really just loved this book. There were moments where I was heartbroken and excited and happy and scared. It was a roller coaster of emotions. It's been a while since I've read a Y.A. book and I'm glad that this was the one that reminded me why I love them. The book ended on things still being unsure, we're not really privy to where things are headed. It left me still sitting on the edge of my seat but happy with the way the book ended. BUT I'm still wanting more. And that's how you know it's a good book.

Amber I's Thoughts

Oh my gosh!! I freaking loved this book. As soon as I read one page I knew I had to read it until I was finished. And when the end came, I was so sad. I just devoured it, the ending came to fast. I was like a starved man getting his first meal. Anyways so I shouldn't really need to say anything else except if you haven't picked this book up yet well your a dumbie!

We do switch narrators a lot. Which to me was good and bad. While I loved getting to see what was happening with the others my main focus was on Clary and Jace so when we left them to go into someone else's head I was a little disappointed. But like I said I really liked seeing their lives too.

I feel like Amber R. pretty much said exactly what I would have said. So I will not bore you by saying it again. Just go read this book!


  1. I love how Magnus resolved that situation with Alec. I want Simon and Isabel so start dating. I want Clary and Jace out LOL

  2. I love this series. Even the darker Jace was still totally hot. Sometimes I was like he seems fine to me. But then when he came back and was all super sweet I was like oh yes this is the Jace I really love!

    I love Simon and Isabel too. And of coarse Alec and Magnus it was kinda sad how Alec handled everything.

  3. I mean, I was totally pissed at Magnus. I love him and I totally see where he's coming from. Alec is being a total insecure jerk but they were so cute together. Magnus is right though, I just loved them together. Simon and Izzy need to get together. It must happen.


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