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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

24 May

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
by Cassandra Clare 
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
Rating: 5/5
 
Description:
The demonLilith 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?Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

 
Review:
The official blurb:“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?

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.”

Oh, by the angel!

I wasn’t, may I simply just say, even for one freaking second, expecting this book to be a let-down. Going from that, I am not saying something like this in any part of this review: “Oh, I’m so blown away” or “Oh, this book was better than I’d thought it would be”, because I was expecting Cassandra to stupefy and astonish me, anyway.

Alright, now that that’s out of the way, I can get on to explaining how amazing this book actually is. In the beginning, you have no idea how excited I was to get my hands on this piece of heaven, actually, maybe some people, but anyway… I was beyond ecstatic; in fact, I’m surprised I didn’t burst into flames by simply touching it. It was that unbelievable. I waited a year for this book, a full, painful, agonizing, depressing, 12-monthed year, and the question is, in the end, was it worth it?

ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, MUCH-AGREEINGLY, NODDING-HEADLY, A DEFINITE YESH (ok, now I’ve gone on to making up my own words. See? There are no words in this world to describe my love for this book; it’s too great for even a shadowhunter to comprehend, well, maybe Jace and Clary, god knows the drastic of actions they took to save their love).

———–SPOILER ALERT (for those of you who haven’t read the series at all)———–

So in CoFA, we left of with Jace mysteriously disappearing with Sebastian, the bastard. I’m pretty sure many of us assumed Sebastian kidnapped Jace, or fought him to the death, but we were all wrong. Things are much, much, worse. Sebastian binds Jace to him, as in, literally and mentally binds. What Sebastian feels and thinks, Jace is the same. But, whereas Sebastian can control Jace’s actions and emotions, this reason is not vice versa, unfortunately. But, whatever physical damage happens to Jace, also affects Sebastian, the only good thing to come out of this horrible connection. Problem is, who wants to hurt Jace?

Don’t fret yet guys! Here comes “The Good Team” to the rescue!!! (Inside joke for all of us that have read it, LOL). Team members include: the lovely yet dangerous shadowhunter Isabelle, the silent yet internally-very-emotional shadowhunter Alec, the seemingly disturbed yet adorkable vampire Simon, the charming and always party-hard-fun high warlock Magnus, the hell-of-a-bad-ass mother shadowhunter Jocelyn, always kind and caring werewolf Luke, the depressed and hot ex-boyfriend werewolf Jordan, the secondary-love-interest tough-knuckles chick werewolf Maia, and finally, I guess the “silent and strong yet creepy” (another inside joke ;D) silent brothers!! LET’S HEAR IT UP FOR TEAM GOOD!!

You might be wondering why Clary wasn’t included in team good. Well, that’s a good question, if you read the summary then you’ll understand the reason Clary chooses to “go into the heart of the darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone”, meaning…..that you’ll understand when you read the book, haha. I seriously love her for sticking up and stupidly, stubbornly, and idiotically dealing with this problem head-first just to save Jace, when no one would let her help. YOU GO GIRL!

Now for a very, very, very quick inside-look at Team Good:

Simon is still very nerdy and very sarcastic. He deals with his problems in his own way, and man oh man, does he have a handful of them for a young boy. I get it, he’s a cursed vampire, a very unfortunate and rejected status, but seriously, give him a break God. There’s a reason to why he can’t say your name, it’s not because he hates you, so stop pouting ‘great one’. Looking on the good side, his love life sure takes a turn though. Isabelle gets tougher, and her love life takes a turn for the good as well. She also deals with many problems, losing two of her brothers, parental issues, gosh; this girl has lots of drama in her life, and us mundie girl think we have it tough. Alec is way more irritating in this one; I never liked him, but, yah, now it’s confirmed, and once again, you’ll understand when you read the book. Magnus was very helpful and charming as always. Take of yourself though, hun, don’t want you stressing out and becoming a drone like Alec, let’s leave that to him. Jordan and Maia and Luke, contributed a lot to the action part of this whole shenanigan with their super wolfy powers. Jocelyn still doesn’t understand her daughter and her needs and wants. Clary’s freakin like 17 now Jocelyn, you gotta let her go. I’m surprised, with her age, how she managed to still kick-butt in this book. I wonder if it’s the shadowhunter gene? Hmmm…Well moving on, the silent brothers are here to help feel up people’s minds again, such pervs. Oh, we’re also introduced to their sister group, called the Iron Sisters, who also play a major role in this book. That pretty much covers everyone.

The Important Characters that are always the “act-before-you-think” type, and are always causing trouble in either a good way or a bad way:

Clary. Oh Clary. Let’s just say, I take back whatever mean things I ever thought or said about her out loud. She definitely proved herself to be a brave shadowhunter in this book. Clary went from being a short midget-like wimp with a ‘rack’, to literally saving the world. It’s true; she had her down moments, but cut her some slack, this girl is going through more than just puberty, and that’s hard enough to handle. The point is, Clary was amazing in this book. She went through a lot of pain, more than usual, to get Jace back, and that kind of determination deserves a standing ovation. Hell, the fact that she willingly put up with Sebastian just doesn’t deserve a standing O, she should be running alongside Obama in the presidential campaign. I know I would totally vote for her ;D.

I cried my eyes out for Jace. I missed his usual sarcastic, witty, and annoying self like crazy. In this book though, whether he’s aware of it or not, he is much happier. But this happy Jace isn’t our normal Jace, and I hate Sebastian for doing this to him. I can count the number of funny things he said in this book on two hands and maybe one toe, it sucks, it really does. NOT THE BOOK, hell no! But the fact that, the remnants of his soul and mind were missing from the book. Though there is one part where he decides to grace us with his presence (the part where I jumped up and down like crazy) that’s all I’m saying. I’m not even gonna say how much pain he goes through in this book, because I’m pretty sure we all know that there isn’t a Cassie Clare book in which the main hero doesn’t suffer.

All I have to say about Sebastian is that he’s a bastard who deserves to die a long, painful, excruciating, awful death. And that he needs to get his claws and eyes of Clary before Jace slaps him into the next universe outside our universe.

Overall, this book was crazy good in that it contained the romance that was lacking in the other books of the series, and that it contained a great deal more character development. Clare managed to, once again, amaze the knickers off of me. I have this feeling that all these books contained certain points that will lead to major decision in City of Heavenly Fire. This book is the like the BING before the BANG! That being so, I CAN NOT WAIT FOR CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE, THESE NEXT 2 YEARS WILL ONCE AGAIN BE PAINFUL AND AGONIZING. (sigh) The cycle was bound to repeat again once this book was over.

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