Aug 18, 2012

City of Lost Souls

Title:  City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date:  8 May 2012
Pages: 544
ISBN:  978-1442416864
Source:  bought
Genre:  YA, demons, angels
Series:  The Mortal Instruments
Other books in series:  City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Heavenly Fire (2014)
Rating: Really liked

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

The Clave's magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can't stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith's magic has wrought - Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.

Only a few people believe that Jace can still be saved. Together, Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle bargain with the sinister Seelie Queen, contemplate deals with demons, and turn at last to the merciless, weapon-making Iron Sisters, who might be able to forge a weapon that can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. If the Iron Sisters can't help, their only hope is to challenge Heaven and Hell - a risk that could claim their lives.

And they must do it without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing 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? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

**WARNING:  Spoiler alert if you haven’t read City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass or City of Fallen Angels!**

Are things finally looking up for Clary and Jace?  She thinks so, but then he disappears.  Sebastian, her brother, is also gone and nobody knows where they are.  This bothers Clary to know end.  She loves Jace and wants them to be together.  Jace cannot stay away from Clary.  He drags Sebastian into it and wants her.  He thinks his new life with his “blood brother” is amazing.  He wants Clary to be a part of it.

Jace and Sebastian are bound by blood.  This happened when Clary asked the angel Raziel to save his life.  Lilith explained how this works to Clary when she tried to bring Sebastian back.  Everyone is saying to just kill Sebastian and we will be rid of the problem.  The catch is that you will also kill Jace.   It is up to Clary, her family and friends to determine if you can break the blood bond between the two brothers.   Will Jace survive being with Sebastian?  What will happen with him and Clary?  Will they finally get to be together? 

I LOVE this series.  It has so many twists and turn.  Just when you think that Clary and Jace will be together, something else happens that prevents that from happening.  I also like the way that Clare weaves the other characters into the book.  She not only does this in The Mortal Instruments, I also noticed in her other series as well.  I loved watching the book trailer for this and hearing Sebastian aka Jonathon say “I’m going to burn down the world!”  I’m very excited for City of Heavenly Fire to be released in 2014 and see what happens in this final chapter.

The cover of this book has a picture of Jace and Clary on it.

Here is that trailer featuring Sebastian from Simon and Schuster youtube channel.


  1. I didn't realise this series hadn't finished yet. I thought this was the last book in the series!

    1. The rumor is that City of Heavenly Fire is the last book.


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