Sunday, May 13, 2012
City of Lost Souls ( The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
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.
My rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars
Sure, I’d like to take my foot to Alec’s head, but other than the needless drama he brought, I can happily report that City of Lost Souls is so much better than City of Fallen Angels. The latter really only had one thing going for it: Simon, finally being all awesome. This one had all of them stepping it up. It’s brought back some of my feelings for the first three book.
When I first got into the series, I was a bit surprised (and skeeved out) by the Han Solo/Princess Leah twist to it, the resolution to that relieved me, I tell you. It’s just too bad that Ms. Clare can’t seem to move beyond twists of that nature. Skin crawling moments notwithstanding, I will confess that other elements distracted me enough, entertained me enough. Everyone just brought something more to the table.
So what’s to like?
First. Good bye, mopey angsty Jace, whom I just didn’t not get. Then, hello! Oh, cocky one with always a witty comeback to fling back. Yes, ladies, all the wit, all the confidence… is back. It’s been a while since he entertained me, but this one has made me a fan of his again.
Second. Simon! I’ve always been a fan of his. Here, he plays an even bigger role and I loved every moment of him in it. I enjoyed him stepping up and doing what he could despite all his personal drama. I just like that he was always there, plus the developments with him and Izzy.
On that last bit. Well, three cheers for Nerd Love! That’s all. And here’s me patiently waiting for the next one , which I will definitely be reading.
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