Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare


City of Lost Souls (#5 of 6) by Cassandra Clare

Published Year: 2012
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Subtitle: Great

The Mortal Instruments Series
Book 1: City of Bones
Book 2: City of Ashes
Book 3: City of Glass
Book 4: City of Fallen Angels

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is 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?

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

Here we are at book five. I felt like CC was back at her game with the compulsive, I can't put this down. Book four didn't do it for me, but I was back in it with this one. Somehow it was still compulsive while being slow on action scenes? Don't ask me how. So this review will primarily be on the couples because you know how I do. Enjoy.

I think I hashed out my feelings regarding Jace/Clary/Clace etc. etc. in my previous post so I won't do a repeat job. (Man, series reviews are hard. It's all, do I mention this again? Did this part happen in book 4 or 5? They all blur together...).

Simon and Izzy (Sizzy), on the other hand, I feel like CC finally dedicated so much time to them and I really appreciated it. But at the same time, I just want more Izzy. I don't get enough in her head. I want more of her perspective and thoughts (instead of it all being Clary, sometimes Clary annoys me and Izzy is the sane one, when she talks I'm all preach it). Simon is also just a great balance for her and I loved them together.

Magnus and Alec had some ups and downs (Downs with a capital D if you know what I'm saying). There were references to a certain Thing in this book with a specific page number that I didn't understand before reading books 4, 5 and 6 and I was so confused. But guys I get it and it was big. But Alec was being a little dweeb and Magnus was being a little dramatic. In my personal opinion (lol which they didn't ask for), but I totally cried so who am I kidding?

The finale/last quarter of this book made up for the rest of the lack of action scenes, so I wasn't bored whatsoever. It also redeemed the book four slump that I was feeling for the series and reinforced my decision that finishing out The Mortal Instruments Series was in fact a good one.

3.5 out 5 stars.