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City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare (Review)

17 Sep


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.

My thoughts

This is an improvement from the previous book, but I feel that nothing happened in it. I guess it’s just a filler for the final book. It went very slow and it also included many scenes that weren’t needed.

It wasn’t captivating at all. The first 300 and something pages contain only make-out sessions and sex scenes that are very annoying and repetitive. In fact, almost every chapter had at least one very long kissing scene in it and all of them had the same description. There wasn’t much action, except for the last 100 pages. How many times does Clary have to say that Jace is not Jace? I mean, come on, we understood that he is controlled by Sebastian..you don’t have to remind that to us every ten pages. Also, this is the fifth book in the series so we already know how Jace looks like. There is no need for Clary to describe over and over again his hair, scars, skin, eyes etc. We got it: he looks like an angel. Can we move on now?!

Clary is a little bit sronger than she was in the previous books, but at the same time she is very selfish and acts without thinking. Alec was my least favourite character because I just couldn’t understand his actions. I can’t say much about Jace because he wasn’t really himself, but Jocelyn, Isabelle and even Simon were annoying most of the time. Sebastian was one of the most interesting characters because of his multiple personalities.

Overall, I think the series could have perfectly ended with the third book.

My rating