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City of Lost Souls

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City of Lost Souls

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4.5/5 (322 Bewertungen)
Länge:
624 Seiten
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
May 8, 2012
ISBN:
9781442416888
Format:
Buch

Beschreibung

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.
Freigegeben:
May 8, 2012
ISBN:
9781442416888
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shadowhunter Chronicles. She is also the coauthor of the bestselling fantasy series Magisterium with Holly Black. The Shadowhunter Chronicles have been adapted as both a major motion picture and a television series. Her books have more than fifty million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three fearsome cats. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.


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  • (5/5)
    Another amazing novel in the Immortal Instruments series. Another book that I couldn't put down! The swings and surprises in the story of Clary and Jace is gripping. If you haven't started this series, get the first book and read it now! You will be hooked and you need to read before the movie comes out. It will be good but the books are always better!! Can't wait for the next one!!
  • (4/5)
    The book starts right after Jace has been bound to Jonathan by Lilith. If one is injured, the other one suffers the same injury. If one is killed, the other will die. Jonathan/Sebastian has devious plans that makes Jace follow along and agree with because he is "Sebastian's Servant" by being bound to him. Clary, Simon, Magnus, Isabelle and Alec don't want to go to the Clave for help because the Clave have put finding Jace as a lower priority and if they do find them, will kill both of Jace and Sebastian. So, Clary does what she always will do and go off and put herself in danger to save Jace without really telling anyone what she is doing.

    Everyone else is doing everything they can to save both Clary and Jace. Simon has really grown in this book. He steps up to save Clary and risks his life and the Mark of Cain on his forehead. Alec is so insecure and weak in this book, which kind of surprised me from the earlier books and also really irritated me. I like the Simon/Isabella pairing too. I would recommend this book and I would recommend you read these books back-to-back as they flow one right after the other and it's like reading a VERY big book. Can't wait to start the next book, which will be this weekend!
  • (4/5)
    Again, I am listening to the series on audiobook and I have been loving all of the books. I highly recommend giving them a chance on audiobook if you have been waiting to start this or looking to re-read this series.I have been wondering how CC was going to keep this going, and was thinking eventually the books would slow down. Just as I thought this, Sebastian happened!! This was again a roller coaster with a ton going on. This story focused on the relationship with Mia and Jordan. I just am not as invested into these characters, and could have done with less of their story. I found myself drifting in the middle of the story, and was happy when it picked back up.I cannot believe I only have one more book to go! I went and ordered both Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows since I have been loving these so much!
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this one. It had a lot of Isabelle in it which for some reason I appreciated. It felt like I got to know each character on a deeper level in book 5.
    Sebastian's character really came to full light which was nice ( in a very terrifying way). There were many twists which kept my attention glued to the story. And last 100 pages I just couldn't put it down.
    Im crossing my fingers for a good finale to the series. Because I like MI a lot and would not want it to be spoiled.
  • (3/5)
    I wish I could do halves….this is more of a 3.5 book.
  • (5/5)
    I don't know if it's just been awhile since I read a Cassandra Clare book, or this one was genuinely better than the others, or I was just in the right mood for it. But I enjoyed this a lot.
  • (4/5)
    Ugh! The way this one ends! March is going to take forever to get here! I can't wait to read the next one! In my opinion, each novel in this series was even better than the last. There is always a new twist to the series. The most imaginative series I have read yet. This may just be my favorite YA series to date.
  • (5/5)
    Ahhh so freaking good! I love this series so much. Every single thing about it, is perfect. I honestly don’t know how I can write a review for a book that I enjoyed this much. What can I say about it other than I loved everything? There was nothing about it I didn’t like.If you haven’t read this series, you need to. Seriously, right now. Stop reading this and go pick up book one, City of Bones.
  • (5/5)
    My. God. Cassandra Clare. I cannot comprehend her brilliance. She is flawless. She's beyond flawless. This book was everything I wanted and more. A lot more. Too much so. My heart is in pieces. My God. This book though. I can't even. God. I'm obsessed. I'm hooked. I'm screwed because the next book doesn't come out for forever. BUT THEN IT'S THE LAST ONE. I don't want it to end. I think I've grown more attached to the characters in this series than I ever have in any other book/book series in the history of my life. AND THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING.
  • (4/5)
    This was a nice wrap up for my 2012 reading :). Light, fluffy, entertaining, romance, adventure, bravery, courage all in one. Jace and Sebastian are bonded together - hurt one, hurt the other, kill one, kill the other. That's what Clairy and her friends are facing. Sebastian plans to destroy the world by setting Demons against the Nephillim - can Clairy and her friends stop Sebastians plans and rescue Jace? Well, I am not going to spoil the story. The City of Lost Souls is the fith installment in the Mortal Instrument series and although, I enjoyed all of them so far, this one is definately my fave. Cassandra Clare managed to create many characters in the series which are very likeable and fun to follow around to see what's happening to them. It's one of those typical YA stories where everyone has to have a smoochy partner and there are several couples hooked up now *grin*. My fave couple are Alec the Shadowhunter and Magnus the Warlock, actually Magnus is one of my faves characters anyway as I enjoy his dry wit. Claire is still so focused on Jace that sometimes you just feel you want to hit her with a sledge hammer on the head, because she is sulking so much. However, this was another great adventure to read with a pretty good ending - no cliffhanger - and you know another one will come. Anyone, who needs something light, fluffy and hilarious - go for this one :)
  • (4/5)
    So.... this book was amazing. It was almost a five star book. Or, should I say it had a five star book within it? But why drag our attention from the story with superfluous characters and persistent side-plots? Who cares? It's like adding A1 sauce to a filet mignon, unnecessary and distracting. There were too many side plots, Maia and Jordan, Luke and Jocelyn, Isabelle and Simon, Simon and his fam, Magnus and Alec... And so on.... But, it was great all the same. I started it twice before I read it through, but when the novel finnally gets into the meat of the plot (it takes a while), the book was hard to put down.
  • (5/5)
    'Okay I finished City Of Lost Souls
    I LOVED IT
    I could understand how Clary Felt....I mean to know Jace is not there yet you she can't stop loving him.
    As for Sebastion I liked him you know I mean I really thought he was cute and was actually becoming good, a big mistake on my part
    And at the end when he kissed Clary I was....creeped out cause I have a brother
    Simon and Isabelle!! They rocked they should totally be together <3
    And I can't wait!! would the fairies and vampires be against shadowhunters ?
    What would happen to Sebastian ?
    and Jace and Clary ?
    I felt so bad For Alec it wasn't fair! he just considered the offer its not as if he could've said "Hey Magnus I'm just considering to shorten your life hope you don't mind !! *gay kisses* muah! I Love you " Magnus should broaden his Horizons
    and Amatis ? Ugh not her! she didn't deserve this.
    I can't wait for 2014!!
  • (4/5)
    Sequel to City of Fallen Angels. Lilith has been destroyed, but now Sebastian and Jace are bound in such a way that if one dies, the other does too. Clary still loves Jace, so she's determined to figure out Sebastian's evil plan and find a way to save him. She enlists Simon's help, and, with Magnus' help, he obtains an angel's sword, which may be the one weapon that can dissolve the bond.
  • (5/5)
    My love for this series has been rekindled! While I did enjoy City of Fallen Angels, I still thought it was taking it too far and had hoped the series would end at book three. This, however, was brilliant and contained everything I loved about The Mortal Instruments in the first place! This one was an absolute rollercoaster of emotions and I'm sure any fans of the series will not be disappointed with the latest installment. I tried to read it as slowly as possible because I couldn't handle it being over for another while. Thankfully, there is over 500 pages so we do get a lot of action.

    City of Lost Souls has a very different feel to the rest of the books and it's something that I wasn't sure I would like. Jace in particular really takes a back seat during the book and I was devastated about this at first! Jace has always been my absolute favourite character and in this book, he is ''possessed'' basically and well, a real jerk. I didn't like him at all when he was this ''other Jace'' and I missed his sarcasm and snarky remarks! Fear not though, because we do get some of the ''real Jace'' just not as much as in previous books. But honestly, I ended up not caring a whole lot in the end because everything else made up for it. Don't get me wrong, I still adore him but his absence wasn't as awful as I thought it would be.

    With Jace gone for a lot of it, we get to know the other characters better. Characters I was never even that fond of before this one. Simon always annoyed me and I used to hate when the book would focus in on him but I loved him in this. I loved getting to know him and seeing a Simon who wasn't just pining after Clary the whole time. I was excited to see Simon and Isabella getting closer and was definitely rooting for them. And Alec and Magnus? Loved. We get a lot of exciting scenes with them together and I wanted even more! They were so fun to watch together but it's not all plain sailing either.

    Cassandra Clare's writing continues to grab me and I find it a pleasure to read. I always find her books impossible to set down and this was no exception. The plot in City of Lost Souls is so intense and at times even terrifying. There is so much going on and it can be a bit overwhelming, too. By the end, I just didn't know what to think. I was so happy about some things and devastated about other things. This was another winner and I am so excited about the sixth book. It's just sort of sickening that it won't be out until 2014! I'm going to have to put the series out of my mind because other wise I'll go crazy during the wait.
  • (2/5)
    Ugh. Really? Ugh. The first few chapter were Jace-less, which significantly improved my ability to tolerate it, but then (of course) Clary has to do a stupid and go after him. Sebastian and Jace are in a total bromance now, which is great, because Sebastian wants to give "the D" to Clary. Yay incestuous love triangles? This series keeps devolving more and more into the lowest dregs of fanfiction.
  • (4/5)
    I am really enjoying this series and I really like Clare's writing style. This continues on where "City of Fallen Angels" concluded - with Jace and Sebastian bound and thus Clary once against separated. TBH, the whole Jace/Clary relationship is tedious and I am weary of it - I wish she would just let those two be together and move on to someone else - or, as Clary's mother put it - maybe they should not be together at all? Anyhow, it's all a bit over time top at times. I found the side plots far more interesting - I'm a little in love with Magnus and, possibly because, I consider Alec a jealous and somewhat unappealing character, it was interesting watching things sour between them. Isabelle is growing on me, with her forthright, downright abrupt manner and I loved the role she took on in this book. The rekindling of friendship between Jordan and Maia was cute. And, well, I know he's not a particularly popular character, but Simon has to be one of my favourites. I feel Clare portrays the sort of geekier type of guy pretty well, and whilst Shadowhunters may have the sexy and dangerous vibe, I'd rather have someone that made me laugh and I felt comfortable with.

    Overall, the plot itself was okay, a bit tedious at times with all the backing-and-forthing of idea, but the actual climax was pretty dramatic and I love how the cast seem to live and breathe (except Simon cos he's a vampire) on the pages. This series is still one of my top recommended teenage reads and I shall continue to savour each volume.
  • (5/5)
    Apart from an egregious firearms error (shotguns fire shells, not bullets), more awesome and damn it I have to wait another year for the resolution? So not cool...
  • (5/5)
    Well, if he felt it, why didn't he do anything? Grrr!!! Stupid Magnus!

    Merged review:

    Okay, so I just finished this book a couple of days ago, and I'm glad I didn't write the review right away, because it might've come out a bit biased (as in, I loved the other 4 books, so by association I loved this one too). Truth is, I so loved the other four books in this series, that I was totally inclined to like this one too. And I did like it, but not as much as the rest of them. Bear with me and I'll tell you why.

    So we all know how City of Fallen Angels ended, and what a killer the cliff hanger was. Jace and Sebastian missing, lots of blood splattered on the floor, etc. etc. I could say that it alone made me wait for City of Lost Souls with anticipation. But when I opened CoLS, guess what happened... I found myself submerged into Simon, Izzy, Malec, Jordan and Maya and some Clary. And no Jace. And no Seb. And grrr!!!! That was so totally disappointing. Sure, they were all playing some role in the story, but I missed Jace!!!

    I was really frustrated that from mostly a Jace/Clary story, it was twisted into a Jordan/Maia story, Simon/Izzy story and Magnus/Alec story. I mean, don't get me wrong - I think they are all awesome characters, and I was glad that the relationships between them are developing, but are they supposed to be what we should focus on? I thought it was a bit too much.

    I think we were supposed to get to hate Simon's mother even more in this book, though if you ask me, she had all the right to be frightened and freaked out. Her son had turned into a vamp for God's sake! Honestly, wouldn't you freak out? I know I would. Sure, she sort of overdid it, but heck, I understand her! What I don't understand was Becky's (Simon's sister) reaction... I mean, seriously? If you learned your brother had turned into a vamp, would you just say "Umm, okay. I get you're a vamp now. But I still love you. Come, give me a hug." I don't think so. No. It's too unrealistic, especially since Becky has no clue there are real monsters out there. So darn, the realistic reaction would be to run the heck away! Perhaps in a day or two, when she got her wits about, she could brave meeting Simon again. Now THAT would be pretty realistic to me...

    Then there was Alec with his insecurities in Magnus. Yeah, I understand him pretty well. If your boyfriend was an immortal, wouldn't you want to be one too, to be together forever or something? Or if that's impossible, wouldn't you want to turn him into a mortal instead? I honestly don't know because of two reasons: 1st - forever is quite a long time, and what if a year or two from now you realize you don't feel the same about that person anymore? So what, you're stuck living forever now? And 2nd - you can't just take somebody's free will away just like that! For your own purposes, and because you couldn't handle a little emotional hardship! It's just silly, and it's enough to break even the strongest relationship. I was just totally disappointed in Alec because he even had the will to consider these options.

    And Magnus? Boy, couldn't he tell that something was going on in Alec's mind? I mean, if they were indeed THAT CLOSE, he should've noticed and done something about it, no? So his behavior frustrated me pretty bad. I expected him to be proactive, sensitive and all that, but instead, he just turned into an insensitive bastard and slammed the door on Alec. If that wasn't stupid I don't know what was.

    Yet, even with all that, Alec was somehow prone to being insecure. He sort of had it in him. But I would've never expected it of easy going, confident Izabelle, who never gave off the vibe of an insecure girl. And now she just started to show a side of her that must've been buried so deep down inside, that I honestly never saw it coming. And she's insecure about Simon of all people!! Because of... Jace-struck Clary!!! That's so unbelievable, I can't even now wrap my mind around the concept. Sure, feeling a little unstable is understandable. After all she's lost her little brother, and now Jace is missing too, but Izzy's always been able to hold herself together. Why on earth would she feel insecure about Simon?

    Then there came Jordan and Maia, who I was totally surprised to see so much of in this book. Perhaps Ms. Clare was trying to fill in the pages.. I honestly don't know, but I think she sort of overdid it with including those two in the mainframe of the story. Yeah, I sure enjoyed their hot passionate relationship, but I didn't think that was necessary to be included in the book. Perhaps an extra would've been a better choice..?

    Aaand now onto the characters which should've remained as the main ones but didn't quite make it there...

    Clary, and perhaps she's the only character who felt realistic to me throughout the novel, has grown into a brave girl ready to do whatever it takes to save the one she loves. She's not the girl we used to know in City of Bones. No, she's decisive, strong, a bit reckless, and infuriatingly good at kicking monster butt. I loved how she considered the consequences of her actions, I loved how she seemed to think things through at the right moment. How she was able to make traps for Sebastian. And I loved how she made the right decision in the end. Can't tell you what that was, but it was incredibly swift and smooth and she deserves applause for building up the nerve to do it.

    Jace, oh Jace! I missed him so much, I can't even describe the feeling! Sure, his body made an appearance from a certain point onward, but it wasn't Jace in there, not really. It was a person totally controlled by Sebastian. What confused me was that this Jace also seemed to love and want Clary. How did that happen? Then our Jace was back for a little, and I was so glad to see him even for a little while. My heart broke for him, and I ached to comfort him somehow. I could understand his dilemma, his pain and even his decision, even though just the thought of it tore my heart apart to pieces.

    And Sebastian... the bastard! I was halfway convinced that he had something good in mind this time, but heck - I should've known better! Nothing good comes out of a bad tree, does it? The Bible says so, and we can see the same principle applied here. But he was so darn convincing, saving Clary from those demons and all... Then again, he did try to seduce her, and killed a bunch of people, and then did all those horrible things to Luke's sister, Amatis. I was just totally grossed out by him in the end. So no, he won't turn good, like ever.

    On the story in general, I have the following thoughts: I hoped that the reason behind Sebastian's craziness would be something more intriguing. But in the end it didn't turn out all that great. It almost felt like Ms. Clare was running out of plot ideas, so she decided to wrap up Seb and Jace in this weird plan to ... well I won't tell you more.

    So, you might think that with all I've said, I wouldn't recommend this book, but that's not true. I totally recommend it, because my opinion is just this. My opinion. Yours might be totally different. So yeah, you gotta try it for yourself! ;)
  • (3/5)
    This was okay, but I can't help but be a little disappointed to be honest. It had definite middle book feel to it, and perhaps it was the lack of 'real' Jace, or Clary regressing to annoying Clary, or just everything, but I just didn't feel engaged at all. I was most excited about the various mentions of Will in it, to be honest (which were welcome, and without doubt the best part of the book. The excitement when Jace read from Will's copy of A Tale of Two Cities is indescribable.)

    Isabelle was by far the best character in the book and continues to be everything I wish that the rest of Cassandra Clare's female characters would be. Maia and Jordan were wonderful and Magnus was Magnus, and therefore perfect. Apart from that though...Clary was irritating to the extreme, we only had two scenes with real Jace, Alec was an immature, irritant for the most part (which breaks my heart - I was actually glad Magnus broke up with him), Simon really doesn't deserve Izzy (although the Star Wars scene was perfect) and all in all, it was just too...easy. I'm hoping for more with COHF, because at the moment, I kinda fear that the whole thing has lost its spark.
  • (5/5)
    Okay, let me start by saying that I think I just found my all time favourite book cover. IT IS BEAUTIFUL. The red of Clary's dress and hair again the blue background is stunning as well as the way Jace is holding her. I love, love, LOVE it! I also didn't noticed until I was holding the book in my hands is that if you tilt the book into the right light, you can see the runes on their bodies. It's so damn awesome! The book picks up right from where City of Fallen Angels ends, jumping straight back into the story. I was hooked from the very first few pages, I was just completely drawn back into this incredible fantasy world of Shadowhunters, Warlocks, Vampires, Werewolves and all the evil lurking about. I had a really hard time putting the book down because all I wanted to do was to continue reading. I really, really enjoyed it. So it starts off with everyone wondering where Jace and Sebastian have gone since they randomly disappeared from the rooftop in City of Fallen Angels. But of course, none of them have fully comprehended what exactly happened between the two boys. As we already know, Jace and Sebastian are now bound together by blood basically meaning that Jace is now enslaved by Sebastian. Anything that the latter wants, Jace wants too and it just so happens that Sebastian is planning on burning the world to the ground. Literally. We jump into this action packed novel, joining Clary, Simon, Alec, Isabelle and Magnus as they try to find and save their best friend from a fate worse than death. There was SO much action and adventure in this book. All of the fight scenes were beautifully written and not even a single bit of detail was left out. I could picture everything as clear as day just as if I was watching a movie instead of reading, it was incredible! We meet some old faces throughout the story. There was also a hell of a lot of twists which had to gripping onto the edge of your seat dying to read more. That is what a good book should be like! Clary is so bad-ass, seriously. She takes matters into her own hands, determined to get the on boy she loves more than anything in this world back. She has so much dept, everything about her is just amazing. I definitely feel attached to her whenever I pick up a book from The Mortal Instruments. Whatever she was feeling, I could feel it too. She's a strong, loyal, witty, headstrong girl who will literally go to hell and back for those few people that she loves. It's really beautiful. All of Cassandra's characters in this series have the same effect on me. I got so emotionally attached to them: Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, Simon, even Sebastian. He is the perfect bad-guy. The way his character was portrayed was excellent, which had you hating him at all the right parts.It did take me a few days to read this book because it was pretty long, over 500 pages. One thing I disliked mainly was how long the chapters were, which was also my only problem with City of Fallen Angels too. I wish they were shorter. But regardless, it was still a fantastic read. Overall, this was definitely my favourite book from the series so far. It had just the right amount of action and adventure and you eyes were glued to the pages from the very beginning. The writing was beautifully planned out and the plot line just keeps getting better and better. The ending of the book was really, really good, leaving a huge cliff-hanger which has you falling off your seat in anticipation for the next and final book of the series. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for an amazing fantasy story packed with vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks!
  • (5/5)
    How in the world does she do it?

    Continuing to amaze with her Shadowhunter world, author Cassandra Clare’s City of Lost Souls picks up where City of Fallen Angels left off. Jace and Sebastian have disappeared and no magic has been able to discover their whereabouts. When Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus decide to continue the hunt for Jace on their own, none of them could predict that they would find Jace working alongside Sebastian in furtherance of his schemes. Determined to discover what has turned Jace onto the path of evil, Clary risks everything to join them and learns Jace and Sebastian are inextricably bound – what one wants, so does the other…what injures one, injures the other. Destroying Sebastian will destroy everything Clary holds most dear.

    Relationships are front-and-center in this story, and it seems inevitable that Jace and Clary have once again hit an impasse. The thing is (and I may be drawn and quartered for this), I find myself not really caring how their relationship turns out. The reason is simple – their love is each character’s defining characteristic and any ending that doesn’t have them together is unthinkable. Jace and Clary will overcome all obstacles and be together at last; I have no doubts about this outcome. And so, I find myself drawn to the other relationships being played out – romantic or otherwise.

    Isabelle and Simon, Jordan and Maia, Alec and Magnus – even Clary and Sebastian – the ties that bind these couples are on prominent display in City of Lost Souls. The sibling relationship between Clary and Sebastian is the most disturbing, with a serious “ick” factor by the finale. Evil is completely unable to have a healthy relationship, so Sebastian’s obsession with Clary is anything but. Insecurities run rampant in the romantic entanglements of the other couples. Jordan and Maia have some serious history to work through – after all, he is the one who turned her werewolf in a brutal attack. Isabelle and Simon are both unsure of each other; he believes he is nothing but a monster who has no way of winning the girl he loves, while she has trust issues stemming from her father’s infidelity. Alec and Magnus are the ones that concern me the most, however. Magnus has been around long enough to know what love is and to feel secure with his feelings, but Alec is in his first serious relationship – insecurity abounds. And that insecurity is about to create boulders in the rocky road of their relationship.

    I love the daring places that Clare has taken her characters, and nothing exemplifies this more for me than Alec. Coming out in the first half of the series and falling in love with Magnus has made Alec one of my favorite characters. It took such strength to enter a relationship with another man against all Shadowhunter beliefs and to see him floundering with his fears of growing old and leaving his partner behind has made him all the more relatable. There is a brief scene in City of Lost Souls where Alec lays out all the slights he has encountered since coming out that resonates strongly. I can’t help but think of some of my friends who have had similar experiences. Bits of reality like this are what have made me connect so deeply with The Mortal Instruments.

    Obviously it is not all love and romance in this book – Sebastian’s evil plotting threatens to tear the world asunder and he must be stopped at all costs. From raising demons and summoning angels, Jace’s friends will try everything they can to find a way to sever the ties between him and Sebastian so that he is not sacrificed when Sebastian is taken down. The Mark of Cain that Clary inscribed on Simon turns out to be pivotal, and I found it fascinating the way both Heaven and Hell responded to it. The instrument that is ultimately discovered, however, is about to change Jace in a way no one could foresee.

    Cassandra Clare has managed once again to plunge us into the Shadowhunter world and give us answers, but then leave us with even more questions. A new war between Heaven and Hell is on the horizon with Clary, Jace and company once again standing in between. When Sebastian’s plans are revealed, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Relationships are strengthened or torn apart, lives are lost, and no one is prepared for what is to come…

    This thrilling installment in The Mortal Instruments series will leave fans screaming for more and with the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, not due until September 2013 the wait for a satisfying conclusion is going to be very long indeed.
  • (5/5)
    love a good series almost as much as I love a Image from Library Thingbig fat novel. Cassandra Clare has met both of my requirements! These are the last two books in the Mortal Instruments series. In the midst of these books she also wrote the Infernal Devices series that is a prequel to these, and in an absolutely wonderful way is not completely a prequel!These books tell the story of Clary Fray and Jace Herondale - both Shadowhunters. In this earth the world is defended from demons by Shadowhunters descended from angels. And the world is threatened by Clary's evil brother Sebastian - I am not talking run of the mill evil - but demon spawn, everything is turned on it's head and life as we know it will end when he gets control evil! As usually happens in YA lit - the teens save the day. And there is a bit of romance - between a werewolf and a shadowhunter, between a shadowhunter and a warlock and between Clary and Jace! Sometimes that can be annoying - but in these I was ok with it. It's mostly longing and wondering and hoping. The cover art makes it look much hotter than it actually is!!!This is a complicated story - one that takes hundreds of pages and multiple books to roll out...and I loved every minute of it! Watching these awkward mundanes (non-magical or not yet magical) teens grow up on the pages of the book. In that way it reminded me of Harry and Ron and Hermoine. The hope of every teen to be something amazing and the horror of every teen to be something amazing all rolled up together. I highly recommend these books! and in typical series fashion - at the end of this one is a small tidbit of the next series. The twist Clare makes is each series is intertwined and foreshadowed! I LOVE THAT!! I would love to see her planning notes. How does she keep it all straight?? I stand in awe of writers who are able to craft a story in the way she does! Bravo!!
  • (5/5)
    Another whirlwind run through this world, fast and heavy-hearted for our bunch. From trial to trial, from lesson to lesson, from hard chances and choices each time. I loved how twisted it go. I love that we got to be more in Simon's head after all he's been through, same with the werewolves.

    I am not sure how I felt about the whole Jace part (which, yes, is the whole lean over from the end of the last book), but I'm very curious to see how the end result of that (the climax of this one), plays on in book 6.
  • (5/5)
    so it appears that my original rating and review has disappeared for some reason, and the same happened for the last book of the series, but i do remember that this was probably my favourite in the entire series. i guess this is my cue to reread it :))
  • (4/5)
    First off, let us get this out of the way...City of Lost Souls is not as good as City of Bones, City of Ashes or City of Glass. Sorry.City of Lost Souls is better than City of Fallen Angels. You're welcome.The story picks up right where Fallen Angels left off. You remember? That horrific cliff hanger that the wonderful Ms. Clare made us all so angry with. Jace and Sebastian have vanished. Clary and the Scooby pals are distraught and the Clave has launched a search, though more for Sebastian than for Jace. The tale skips around from person to person quite often. You know what is happening with Clary, Simon, Izzy, Alec and Magnus, and even Maia and Jordan get good coverage. It became less and less the story of Clary & Jace the star-crossed lovers. It became everyone's story. Jace actually gets less play in this installment than any other.So, if you are a Jace fan (like me), you may be disappointed. I wasn't. Jace was obnoxious. I like him broody and egotistical. Not brain dead and carefree. Which is the effect Sebastian has on him. I was all right with the lack of Jace.On the other hand, if you are a Simon fan, you may get great satisfaction here. Simon was less whiny, in my opinion. Still just as hilarious as always. He is finding out where he belongs and with who (wink, wink), who cares for him, where his relationships lie and what his place in the Shadowhunter world is. Maybe he isn't the outsider he thought he was, only linked by his long friendship with Clary. I know there are many, many Magnus fans out there so he earns a mention, right? Magnus, as always, delivers. There seems to be no end to the sacrifices he is willing to make for this band of misfit demon killers. Especially where Alec is concerned. Or is there a limit? You'll have to read the book to find out what the heck I am talking about! There are so many love stories taking place simultaneously here, romance fans will be drooling over it. But, for me, that was the downfall. So much lovey lovey, not enough fight fight. I expected a big epic battle to save Jace's soul. There was a battle. It wasn't very epic. There was a moment that reminded me of the most memorable Buffy/Angel moment. I apologize to those who won't get the reference. But we will have to wait for City of Heavenly Fire for this epic battle. Since it is earmarked for release in spring of 2014...it's going to be a long wait.All in all it's a good read for TMI fans. It actually renewed my love for the series and I think I will be revisiting each book before the release of the final installment.
  • (1/5)
    DNF'd this one, I just couldn't force myself to read another page.
  • (3/5)
    This series is getting a bit stale, but I really want to see where everything ends. There are a lot more religious references, but not the kind that would make you want to recommend this to someone who likes inspirational fiction. Haha
  • (4/5)
    In book 5 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments series, we find Jace tied to Sebastian. Clary, Simon and the others are left trying to find a way to separate them without hurting Jace. I think the best part of this one is seeing how really, truly evil Sebastian is. Clare does creepy really well. While the other intertwining story lines may have left a little to be desired, I enjoyed this book more than book 4. I would recommend this only to readers who have followed the series because I'm not sure its good enough to be a stand alone novel. There were too many references to past plot points that aren't fleshed out in this book, but important to the flow. Interested to see how the whole thing wraps up.
  • (4/5)
    I am loving this series with its multitude of quirky and paranormal characters! Still, I have to say, does Jace have to suffer some sort of personality change/possession/blinding with an evil person in every book? I'm really hoping he stays normal Jace in the next book, because his ever changing personality and loyalties (though he always comes back to the right side in the end) are getting a little tiresome. Nevertheless, this book is well worth reading. I enjoy Simon, Isabelle, Maia, Jordan, Magnus, and Alec just as much (if not more!) than Jace and Clary. Fun reading!
  • (5/5)
    An utterly amazing book!!!! Which doesn't end the series and leaves you wanting more!! I would recommend the series to lots of people!! If you like this series then you should read the clockwork angel series, which is about shadow hunters in the 1800's!!!!