What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
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?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
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1 . Good, not great
Posted May 21, 2012 by Peter , Lake WorthCity of Lost Souls was a decent read. If you've made it through the four books that preceded this, you pretty much have to continue. I am concerned that Cassandra Clare may have come to the same conclusion.
I read this novel shortly after finishing Fifty Shades of Grey (which I absolutely abhorred), in the hopes that it would cleanse my soul of the trashiness that I had subjected myself to. Much to my dismay, there was a tragically large fraction of the book dedicated to the description of carnal relations. Granted, it is technically a young adults' book and teenagers are horny and this probably appeals to them, but there's a lot more you can do with a plot than make Clary and Jace make out in every chapter.
There is something about the dialogue between characters and their mannerisms that strike me as very real. I love when Simon breaks into Hebrew prayer when he thinks death is imminent. I love the filial exchange between Isabelle and Alec. I love the genuine maternal dynamic of Jocelyn towards Clary. It's real, and that's what keeps me reading.
The plot was okay at best. It was mildly interesting, but ultimately predictable from start to finish. That doesn't necessarily make it bad, but it does make it a touch boring. What it definitely does, though, is make all the other facets of the story that much more highlighted: such as the genuine growth of the characters, the imagery Clare uses to paint the settings, and the dramatic manner in which she switches from one character's POV to another's.
All in all, I suppose I am glad that I read it. I've read better books, but I've certainly read a lot worse (see: Fifty Shades). If nothing else, this book has ensured that I eagerly look forward to the next installment--with hope for redemption.
Margaret K. McElderry Books
May 01, 2012
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