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Review: City of Lost Souls

lost soulsTitle: City of Lost Souls
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#5)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 535

First line: “Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house.”

“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?” – from

My thoughts: I didn’t really connect with the fourth book in this series, but I will say that I felt this one was an improvement. I still hate that Clary and Jace can’t just EVER have a normal relationship, but at least there seemed to be more going on in this book than in the last one aside from that. Sebastian made an interesting character, and I was interested in Simon again. I didn’t really like the conflict between Magnus and Alec, but I guess there has to be more drama than I find necessary. Anyway, as I said, I think this book was a lot better than the previous one, and I will be willing to read the next one when it comes out.

My ratings:
Writing: 2.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 3/5
Originality: 3/5
Kept me interested: 3/5
Overall rating: 3/5