Wednesday, May 23, 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

4.5 Stars
(Mortal Instruments series book 5)

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? (buy book here)

My thoughts; I ended the last previous book, City of Fallen Angels, with my heart in the pit of my stomach. After everything Clary and Jace have been through, you would think they could catch a break. But no, if it CAN go wrong it WILL go wrong. COLS starts with Simon, at the moment COFA left off. Then it jumps forward two weeks later. I found my self slightly bored at the beginning of the book. It was kind of like nothing was moving forward. After several chapters the rhythm of the story starts to take shape and I was (as always) in love. I could feel the heartbreak Clary was feeling over Jace's absence. The feeling of not knowing. And when his fate is realized and she decides to set off to "save" him, I couldn't wait. I can't believe I am going to say this, but, in the time she was with Sebastian and Jace, I almost felt sorry for Sebastian. It was like he wanted to really be her brother. Like maybe somewhere deep down inside he really did have a heart. But everything changes in the blink of an eye and the world just stops turning...... And that is where I stop to prevent spoilers. ;)

As, you know the side characters in this series are not side characters at all. They are just as central to the story as the main characters. Simon is still struggling with being a vampire. His relationship with Izzy is at the are we or aren't we stage. Isabelle is just as stubborn and vulnerable as always. Alec, is torn apart inside by the fact that Magnus is immortal. He wants so much to be with Magnus forever. I want so much more of these couples. I want to see them have a happily ever after.

But alas, we are once again left hanging with the burning question; How will they ever truly be together and happy. *sighing in contemplation of the next installment in this series*

Happy Reading!! :-)

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