City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare Review

Cassandra Clare

Publication Date:
May 8, 2012

Margaret K. McElderry Books

544 pages

CAD $24.99

A finished copy was provided by Simon and Schuster Canada for review! Thank you!


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.


I was lucky enough to actually pick up this series when the first three books were already published and fell in love with the fast paced adventures with Clary and Jace. Now I find as I’m reading the most recent books, it has lost its sparkle. That feeling of wanting to know what happens next because of the twists and turns wasn’t apparent in City of Lost Souls and I wonder why. It was incredibly boring in the beginning. A lot of useless scenes were filled with talk dialogue and intense making out and then some. Sure I don’t mind the play by play but the plot development was lacking in the beginning . It took a long time for something to happen and I felt so bored.

Don’t get me wrong though. I’m not trashing the entire novel. Just the lack of pacing in the beginning. I always want to know if the story is moving along and this book babbled along for soooo many pages. I did enjoy the impending fate of Jace and his foray into the “dark side.” it made it a lot more interesting having someone you love be so damn evil. Clary, bless her, she didn’t let anyone or anything get in her way to save him and I love that about her. Putting yourself in danger at the hands of your sadistic evil brother sure wasn’t easy. She pulled it off of course. I like that she’s a lot stronger and faster than before.

As for the other characters, I always welcome Simon because he was always such a friendly and likeable character who I turned to or humor relief. As well as Magnus Bane who is not short of humor either. Alex and Isabelle, and Maia and Jordan tie in the cast rather beautifully and I can’t help but love how they all support one another. Now for Sebastian also known as Jonathan, he was just as conniving and ruthless as I thought he could be. Maybe more so in this book. He takes the award for being the douchebag in this entire series. (Sorry for my offensive word, but I can’t help but point out the obvious).

As always I can’t wait for the next novel. Especially when Cassandra Clare is having a new series about the Shadow Hunters too!

Rating 5/5


“Is it really love to tell someone that if it came down to picking between then and every other life on the planet, you’d pick them?”—Simon

“I won’t be just your friend. I lovd you, Maia. I’m in love with you. I always have been. I always will be. Just being your friend would kill me.”—Jordan

“I should be with you because I love you.”—Maia

“A book that one has not read yet is always more exciting than a book one has memorized.”—Camille

“I love you,” he said. “And you make me happier than I ever thought I could be.”—Jace

“Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.”—Brother Zachariah

“I fell in love with you,” he said, “because you were one of the bravest people I’d ever known. So how could I ask you to stop being brave because I loved you?”—Jace

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