Monday, June 11, 2012

April's review of 'City of Lost Souls' by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
Number of Pages: 534
Format: Hardback
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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.

Since I read this book about a month ago, the book is a little fuzzy in my head. So this review will probably be a short one. 

CoLS picks up two weeks after CoFA left off. Sebastian has been raised from the dead, and Jace is missing. Search parties have been searching for him nonstop, only Clary isn't allowed to join them. Now that the secret that Clary had asked Raziel to bring Jace back to life, she is awaiting the Clave's decision if she had broken any laws and if punishment awaits her. Thankfully the Council had decided she was clear of any charges, but at the same time they decided that the search for Jace wasn't a priority anymore. Clary turns to the Seelie Queen for help, and in exchange the queen wanted her to steal something back from the Institute. During the act, Clary is stunned to see that Jace and Sebastian. Even more stunned to see that they were acting like the best of friends. After that it wasn't long for Jace to come back for Clary. And to get to the bottom of everything, Clary eventually goes with him. Leaving her friends to search for a weapon that would sever the tie between Jace and Sebastian. 

Even though I didn't think this book or even CoFA was up to par to the first three in the series, I still loved CoLS and thought it was a lot better than CoFA. Even though some parts really did bore me, especially the Jordon and Maia ones. I really have no interest in them at all. I've been back and forth with Simon and who I want to see him with. This book sealed it for Simon and Isabelle for me. Even though there were a lot of Jace and Clary scenes, I couldn't really enjoy them that much since it wasn't really Jace. Even though I love them, this book made me realize that my OTP of the series is Alec and Magnus. Magnus doesn't disappoint in this book. He has to be one of the greatest characters of all time. Even though Magnus does break my heart at the end. Just thinking about it makes me want to cry. 

I've known all a long that Sebastian is just plain evil. But for a while I really hoped that some part of him had change and wanted to be a brother to Clary. I think it's I'm a big sucker for sibling relationships in books. I do love the items that show up from TID series. And I'm pretty sure I know who Brother Jeremiah is. 

Rating: 5/5

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