Series: The Mortal Instruments #5
Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-03-04
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).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.
After the ending of City of Fallen Angels, I was dying to see what would happen next, so I went right into City of Lost Souls. I wasn’t completely disappointed, but I didn’t like it as much as the previous book.
City of Fallen Angels starts with Clary and everyone else reeling from Jace’s disappearance. No one knows exactly what happened, but they know that Jace and Sebastian are missing, and that there was a lot of Jace’s blood at the scene. I actually loved this part because it was kind of mysterious. However, once they realize that Jace is only missing and not dead, the book went downhill a bit for me.
I found Clary to be a little bit pathetic in this book. Yes, the love of her life is missing and possibly in danger, but she just made some really stupid, pitiful decisions. She seriously just had me shaking my head. Jace is clearly not himself, which is frustrating because he’s one of my favorite characters. And Alec was just extraordinarily frustrating. But even with all of the bad character traits, I still loved them all.
I was still turning pages pretty quickly, and I still enjoyed the story, but there was just something missing for me that I can’t explain. I definitely didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous book. I’m guessing it had something to do with the new weird dynamic between Jace, Sebastian, and Clary, since everything else was pretty interesting.
I don’t really remember the end, other than one scene with Alec and Magnus, but I do know that I immediately preordered the final book, and I’m definitely interested in seeing how the series ends (if it’s really ending this time!)