City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)


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?

Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I know what to do with friends and enemies — “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” But, what do I do with frenemies?

Similar to those before it, the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series is full of action, drama, love and loads of betrayal.  In City of Lost Souls, Jace has become the ultimate frenemy.  By being bonded to Sebastian, Jace is now a loyal servant ready to do anything to anyone if it is what Sebastian says is necessary.  Clary and the others are now forced to figure out how to separate that bond before the Clave finds the boys.  If the Clave finds them first, they will kill everyone first and ask questions later.  Hopefully, everyone has learned the art of trust by now because trusting each other is the only thing that will get them through what lies ahead.  Our main characters are willing to do anything to help Clary save Jace, including saving her from her own reckless self while putting their lives at risk.

One of the things I have really enjoyed about this series is that everyone has a part to play and something to contribute.  This is not a series about one or two main characters with a bunch of supporting roles.  There is a core group and each of them contributes to the good and the bad within the story line.

  • Simon – When we first met him in City of Bones, he was the nerdy annoying best friend who was in love with Clary even though she couldn’t see him. Now, he is his own person – granted it took him becoming a vampire.  He is risking himself for the things he believes are important.  He is putting himself on the front lines and refusing to be dismissed.
  • Alec – He has always been a strong person, but he has truly come into his own by accepting himself and his choices in life no matter what those around him say. He is no longer just trying to be an adult – he actually is an adult standing by his decisions even if he has to stand alone.
  • Isabelle – She has always been beautiful, strong, confident and stable, but that has always just been a front. She needs to feel loved and supported just like everyone else and has never known how to point that out.  Even though she is still working through it, she is making small moves to allow others to see how delicate she truly is on the inside and to show them that she needs just as much support and love as they do.
  • Jordan and Maia – Though they have seemed like minor characters, their connection to each other is so important. They show what the combination of love and violence can do to one’s psyche and how one can over come those horrors through love.
  • Magnus Bane – I wish I could say he wasn’t still a mystery. However, he is yet another example of love overcoming difficulties in this book series.  Hopefully, we can learn even more about him before the end of the series.

I am sad that the series is coming to an end but cannot wait to see what Clare has done.  I can only imagine that it will be action packed and drama filled.

Would I add it to the library?

I am hoping that Jace and Clary can have some semblance of normality by the end of City of Heavenly Fire.  I know that there can never truly be “normal life” for a Shadowhunter, but hopefully everyone will get what he or she deserves (good or bad).


Genre: Fiction – dark fantasy, urban fantasy
ISBN: 9781481456005
Rating: good

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