Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls

Title:  City of Lost Souls 
Series:  The Mortal Instruments #5
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
Pages:  534
Format:  Hardcover

Summary:  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?

My Review:  I love this series.  Have since the moment I picked up the first installment, City of Bones.  And though the last book, City of Fallen Angels, wasn't my absolute favorite, this new one has quickly taken that spot.

The plot in this story was incredible, as it is in every book by Cassandra Clare.  It was thickly woven and flowed so smoothly.  It had its heart wrenching moments that made me want to cry and those moments where I just couldn't help but grin hugely at the pages.  

Clare has a special talent for really making you feel everything.  I felt happy, sad, angry, murderous all when the characters did, too.  Since these books take place in third person, I would think that it would be harder to connect and sympathize with all the characters.  Normally I find it much easier to get a feel for characters when I read in first person but I had absolutely no trouble with these books.

And the characters.  Man, I really, really love these characters.  Each one of them has so much depth and detail, it's wonderful.  Add a dash of witty dialogue and they're pretty much perfect.  Of course, they all have their flaws but that's also what makes them so fantastically endearing.

One character, though, had me confused throughout this entire book: Jonathon (a.k.a. Sebastian).  I found it hard to completely hate him.  In fact, more times than once I actually felt . . . bad for him.  You know, until he did what he did at the end of the book.  But still, even after that I have to wonder if everything was a lie or if there was some truth in what he said and did.

Either way, this book was absolutely spectacular.  Witty dialogue, interesting characters, and a magnificent plot.

Five Feathers

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