“City of Lost Souls” Cassandra Clare

Rated 3 stars *** ebook. 2012. The Mortal Instruments #5. Simon & Schuster. (Margaret K. McElderry Books.)

I read and reviewed this book in 2012 and, after reading that review I can see I’ve gotten a bit jaded with this second reading. It was a decent read, but I can’t wait to finally finish the series with book #6. Below is my 2014 opinion.

CityOfLostSoulsAt the end of “City of Fallen Angels,” Sebastian compelled Jace to mix their blood by using the ancient twinning rune created by his demonic mother. With Jace completely under his power Sebastian rose from the dead, took Jace, and vanished.

Since Jace and Sebastian are now inextricably linked, neither can be hurt without feeling each other’s pain. Knowing the Clave will kill Jace to get to Sebastian, Clary frantically tries to locate him. No one can find them, but Clary is desperate. Despite being possessed and a robot to Sebastian’s wishes, Jace’s feelings for Clary remain. He returns for her, and Clary goes with him. As usual, she is spontaneous and enveloped in an all-consuming love for Jace. She is sure she can convince him to turn back into the boy she loves, and will stop at nothing to do so. However she has no idea that the evil plans Sebastian has for the world are now part of Jace’s soul, and will soon find out what it means to love someone who is tied to evil leaving the three of them tangled in a triangle of lust, love and power.

Meanwhile Simon, Maia, Jordan, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus are trying to come to terms with each other. Jealousy, anger, love, fear and regret are all on display, as each battle with their feelings for the one they love and are trying to ignore. Sebastian’s plan to destroy the world, and Clary’s disappearance, draw them together to try and come up with a plan to save Clary and Jace. Little do they know that the best laid plans always carry a price.

This latest installment of The Mortal Instruments series is another open ended read, but the end is near as book #6 was just released in May. With this final book of the series, readers will finally get all their questions answered and good will win over evil. We hope.

Recommended for ages 14 and older.



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