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The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

on May 8, 2014

City of Lost Souls   The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

 

City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the six book Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. The sextet is actually comprised of two trilogies, the first consisting of City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass; and the second trilogy comprising of City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire, which comes out May 26th

There is also a spin off trilogy called The Infernal Devices, consisting of The Clockwork Angel, The Clockwork Prince, and The Clockwork Princess, which came out last year. There are also two more upcoming spin off trilogies: The Dark Artifices, consisting of Lady Midnight (which comes out in 2015), The Prince of Shadows, and The Queen of Air and Darkness, and, finally, The Last Hours series, which will come out sometime in the future.

There are also three companion books: one of which is a companion guide to the Shadowhunter world: The Shadowhunter Codex, which came out in 2013. There is also Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Guide, which contains essays written by several other prominent YA authors, including Holly Black (one of the writers of the The Spiderwick Chronicles and the author the Modern Tales of Faerie series, which has been featured on this blog), Rachel Caine (author of The Morgansville Vampires series), and Kami Garcia (author of the Beautiful Creatures series).

Finally, there is a series of short stories available on ebook called The Bane Chronicles. This series stars one of the most popular character in the series, Magnus Bane. A printed collection of the stories will hit be available this November.

 

City of Fallen Angels ended with the return of Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern (or Sebastian), Clary’s actual brother and Valentine’s actual son. Because City of Glass told us that Jace and Clary weren’t related. Thank God.

So Lilith, Adam’s first wife and Mother of All Demons, decided that since Clary used her angel wish granted to her to bring Jace back to life, she could use demon magic shenanigans to bring Sebastian back to life, which involved possessing Jace and some good, old-fashioned blood drinking.

Simon Lewis, Clary’s best friend, was able to stop Lilith by using the Mark of Cain, so they thought they had won this round. However, City of Fallen Angels ended with Jace completing the resurrection spell on Sebastian, and City of Lost Souls begins with the search for the two of them.

Unfortunately, it has become clear to Clary and friends that making sure Jace is alive is no longer a priority to the Clave. So, Clary, along with Simon, Jace’s adopted brother and sister, Alec and Isabelle, Alec’s warlock boyfriend, and their werewolf friends, Jordan and Maia, decide that they are going to take matters into their own hands and try and rescue Jace themselves.

And thus, shenanigans ensue.

 

I really think that this is my favorite book in the series so far. I really like shenanigans in a book, and so far, this book has had the most shenanigans. Werewolf shenanigans, demon shenanigans, vampire shenanigans, it was great. It was definitely the most fun book out of the series so far.

That being said, there were moments that were very tense, particularly the scenes between Clary, Jace, and Sebastian. That storyline, for the most part was vaguely uncomfortable, which I can’t fully explain because of spoilers, just be warned that there is definitely a negative vibe in that particular storyline.

Also there are some serious relationship driven elements in this book that are leading up to what has been promised to be an explosive finale to the series. Frankly, I am excited for City of Heavenly Fire. This is one of my favorite series, and there is always some excitement when a series is going to end (for good this time, Clare originally intended for City of Glass to be the final book in the series).

 

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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