City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)Author: Cassandra ClarePublished Date: May 8th 2012Publisher: Margaret K. McElderryGenre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
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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?
"He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know." - Alec
The Mortal Instruments is one of Cassandra Clare's amazing series that never fail to catch the readers' hearts no matter how torturous the plot and the stories are. I know because I was one of those avid fans of the books who first grabbed a copy as soon as it was released, despite of the anticipated heartbreaks and possible huge cliffhanger ending that I will get. I've expected torture and of course, one of Cassie's trademark--huge cliffhanger ending that might result in an open-mouthed, face-shocked, head-banging, wall-thumping kind of moment. Something that will make you throw the book on the wall because of frustration, knowing that you will have to wait another long year to get the next book and see what will happen next to the characters you loved, hated, and rooted for. In short, I expected an extreme roller coaster ride. But I was surprised and relieved to find out that there was no super biggie cliffhanger ending. Cassie spare us from too much torture this time and I wasn't a bit disappointed at all. I absolutely loved this book.
Excellent as always. Cassie's writing is beautiful and captivating. She wasn't afraid of turning her characters into something the readers wouldn't have expected. She always nailed it when it comes to her character's development, and I think she's one of the best author in the planet. You won't get all the things that you expected but so much more and you will never be disappointed. The world building is fascinating, the pacing of the story is just perfect, and the characters, well, awesome as ever!
Of all the things I loved about City of Lost Souls, it's Jonathan. Jace. No matter what you call him, a Morgenstern, a Wayland, a Lightwood, he'll always be a Herondale. And yes, Herondales' are survivors. I can't think of any other character who is as tortured as him, ever. From one infliction to another, his soul is the most tortured one after his ancestor Will Herondale. His soul must really be pure to survive all the heartbreaks and chaos he's going through. I said it before in my review of Clockwork Prince, that Herondale boys are always the broken ones, when will they find happiness with their true love? Really, when? This is becoming too painful and heart-wrenching. Cassie, please make Jace happy so we could be happy too? Is it too much to ask?
"I will have you know I practiced that speech. In front of a mirror before you got here.""So what do you think it meant?""I'm not sure," Jace admitted, "but I know I look damn good delivering it.""I forgot how annoying the un-possesed you is," Clary muttered.
Jace is probably different and I miss the old Jace, the real Jace is annoyingly funny, sarcastic but drool-worthy. But as long as there is Jace, there will always be enough swoon. You get to see more of Sebastian, err Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern. The real, bloody one. All along I feel like there must be something to save not only with Jace but with Sebastian too. I was hoping that somewhere, there is still goodness left on him and that in the end, he is still redeemable. Annoying and sarcastic, but as beautiful and as attractive as Jace, Sebastian is one remarkable character you can't help to love and hate at the same time. He's just an amazing character and I felt sorry for him for what he had become. Once again, Cassie embarked me to a mind-thrilling journey, that made me wondered and hoped for the best for all the characters in the story. A girl can always dream of a happy ending for all, right? But you have to read to find out.
In one of the times Clary and Sebastian had been together, he asked her:
In one of the times Clary and Sebastian had been together, he asked her:
"Do you think you can forgive me? I mean, do you think forgiveness is possible for someone like me?"
"What do you think it would have been like if Valentine had brought you up along with me? Would you have loved me?"
City of Lost Souls is one the books you must not miss. An absolutely electrifying read. Engaging in so many ways. With just the right amount of humor, you'll laugh. And you'll feel the characters and ache for them during some heart-breaking moments. You'll see and understand not just Sebastian but also a whole lot of characters you love in the previous books such as Maia, Jackson, Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, Simon, and Brother Zachariah (Yep, that's what I said). You'll have a better glimpse of their minds than in any other books before City of Lost Souls. And as a bonus, readers will get to see some of the most important characters in Cassie's next series, The Dark Artifices. Keep your eyes open :) In all these, I specifically appreciate the other side of Isabelle as she slowly open up to Simon. The side of Isabelle's personality that is only known by Jace and Alec. And who wouldn't love Simon? The ever loving, ever loyal friend of Clary who will do everything to help and save her, even Jace who had saved his life. I loved him even more in this book and he proved just how much a true friend he really is. I picked some of his beautiful lines from the book, and I can't help not to share them with you:
"I know we're not much compared to you, but we don't kill our friends. We try to save them. If Heaven didn't want it that way, we ought to never have been given the ability to love."The story is darker, the characters are fiercer, the plot even more complicated--this book will give you one roller coaster ride kind of feeling. The ties that binds family, friendship, and love will be tested and they will have to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to save the one they love. And I agree, this is less torturous than any of Cassie's other books. And most probably, there will be no I-want-to-throw-this-book-on-the-wall when you're done. So, go grab a copy, there's no reason to hesitate. You won't be disappointed.
No man chooses evil because it is
He only mistakes it for happiness,
the good he seeks.