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.
In the fifth installment of The Mortal Instruments series, Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and the rest of the gang are back. Following the ending of City of Fallen Angels, Clary and friends are on the hunt to find both Jace and Sebastian, who have mysteriously disappeared after the epic fight with Lilth. In this 536 page book, follow all the characters on their own segments and race with Clary to find and save Jace once and for all.
I have been reading The Mortal Instruments series since it came out, long before it was even being considered as a movie. I remember absolutely devouring the pages of the first three novels. I was devasted when I thought the third installment was the last of the series, and cheered with glee when I learned there was going to be three more novels in the series. I fell in love with Alec/Magnus and Clary/Jace, and I was really able to place myself in the story. I became distant from my own body, watching the scenes play out in front of me.
When the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, came out, I was slightly disappointed. It took me a long time to get into the novel, but when I did it was fabulous. The second half of the book was filled with action and adventure, and I was reassured that Cassandra Clare wasn’t taking this series too far. So, when I started the newest novel, City of Lost Souls, I was really disappointed to find out that it wasn’t the same case as the previous book. There was no action scene for well over 300 pages. When an action scene finally did happen, I had to wait approximately 150 pages longer for a second action scene, which was the final one.
One major problem I had with this book was the multiple narrators. Two pages would be dedicated to Clary, then to Simon, then to Alec, then to Isabelle, then to Jordan and Maia, and so on and so forth. Due to this approach, I was never able to really connect with the characters like I had in the previous novels. Instead of giving me time to adjust to the new narration and plot, I was instantly thrown into another perspective. I felt like this really took away from the novel, and I just wanted to sit down for a chapter and read about one or two specific things instead of five, six or seven.
While I did not enjoy reading multiple perspectives, I did enjoy all of the extra Magnus and Alec time in the book. In the previous books, Magnus and Alec’s relationship was only shown now and then. In this book, though, their relationship was more announced to the readers. As they are two of my favorite characters, I could not complain.
Fans of Jace are going to be really disappointed in this book, as his character is almost completely different. Because of the bond between Jace and Sebastian, Jace is no longer himself throughout most of the book. While he does have his sarcastic Jace moments, they were rare, and when they did happen they lacked the strength the real Jace could produce. He did have moments when he was perfect, but they didn’t happen all that often. I found that I’m really getting sick of Cassandra Clare turning Jace into the victim. I’m going to be really upset if this happens to his character in the next installment.
The ending of the book was a lot better than the majority of it. However, it lacked the strength that the previous books in the series have displayed. I often found myself getting bored during this novel, and I even picked up another book and finished it before I was even halfway done. I would have never done that for the first four in the series, which lets you know how disappointed I really was.
In the end, I have to recommend this book simply because the rest of the series is so brilliant. However, I worry that the final installment is not going to catch my interest at all. There were times that I had to force myself to be interested. If it weren’t for my loyalty to the characters, I feel like I might have set this book down. If it had been any other book, I would have had to have rated it about a 2 or 2 1/2. However, because I am so invested in this series, I have to give it at least a 3. I hope others found more pleasure in this book that I did. Let me know in the comments section below.
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Rating: [rating: 3]
Teaser Quote #1 “Basia Coquum,” Simon said, “Or whatever their motto is.” “It’s Decensus Averno facilis est.’ “The descent into hell is easy,'” said Alec. You just said “Kiss the cook.” “Dammit,” said Simon. “I knew Jace was screwing with me.”
Teaser Quote #2 “Dammit, woman, you read my mind,” he said. “Is there no filthy wordplay you can’t forsee?”
“It’s my special magical power. I can read your mind when you’re thinking dirty thoughts.”
“So, ninty-five percent of the time.”
She craned her hear back to look up at him. “Ninety-five percent? What’s the other five percent?”
“Oh you know, the usual-demons I might kill, runes I need to learn, perople who’ve annoyed me recently, people who’ve annoyed me not so recently, ducks.”
A smile tugged at the edge of his mouth. “I hate ducks. Don’t know why. I just always have.”