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title: City of Lost Souls
author: Cassandra Clare
series: The Mortal Instruments #5
published: 8 March 2012
publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
genre(s): fantasy, romance
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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?
I absolutely love this series and I think that City of Lost Souls is my favorite so far. Nothing is easy in these books and I like that nod to real life. This book ran the gamut of emotions… from funny and snarky to dark and suspenseful.
The snarky humor is fantastic, the one-line zingers delivered by Jace, Simon, and Magnus. It is sarcastic and witty and I love the banter. I was worried that Jace’s story line would take that away from his character, but I was happy to discover that he was just as snarky as ever.
The story was pretty dark in this book, with all kinds of shifting dynamics between the characters. Jace and Sebastian, Sebastian and Clary, Jace and Clary, Magnus and Alec, Simon and Isabelle, Jordan and Maia. All of the relationships in this book are affected in different ways by the events of the book and that kept the story interesting.
There was a lot of suspense in this book and a lot of twists. I love that the author isn’t afraid to mess with her characters and turn their stories on end!
I am ready to start Heavenly Fire, although I am sad to see the series end!
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