Title: City of Lost Souls(Book 5 in The Mortal Instruments)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: May 8, 2012
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?
My reaction, overall to this book: SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!
Haha yes, this book was tense. It was suspenseful. I was nerve-wracked just wondering what on earth could happen, what in the universe could the characters be planning, or thinking, or even hoping could possibly result from their actions. And their behavior was WEIRD. I mean, they-weren’t-even-remotely-acting-like-they-should-be-so-that-this-book-turns-out-well wierd. I literally had to restrain myself from screaming at the book, I was so frustrated.
It wasn’t just frustrating though. No, it was also heart-wrenching. I mean, I was on the verge of tears, and wondering how some of the characters weren’t! My love for the characters and wanting everyone to be happy is a terrible thing – weeping while reading is not fun, let me tell you; although, it definitely portrays the depth of my interest in the book and the well-being of the people inside of it. And then the ending? Not only am I VERY frustrated because I NEED to know how this ends!!!, but I’m also EXTREMELY upset. There had better be some MAJOR changes in the next book to make me happy! And, SPOILER ALERT FOR THE NEXT BOOK:
A major character dies – I MUST know! It MUST not be Jace! I love everyone – I WILL be bawling my eyes out!
SPOILER OVER. So yeah, I really do recommend this book, despite the frustrations. But, as I said in my review of City of Fallen Angels, I also recommend reading them one after the other, after the next book comes out, because of all the suspense and tension and FREAKING OUT over the endings! Alright then. Happy reading!
**Note: As much as I love this series, I’d suggest it to teenagers, no one younger.