Book Review: City Of Lost Souls


Book Five in The Mortal Instruments series is one I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I love this series. I was hooked with the first trilogy (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass) and I was so sad when it finished, but then Cassandra Clare brought out a new trilogy continuing the story (City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire) and my heart raced with excitement. It might sound confusing as there are six books in the series, but the stories are grouped into two trilogies.

I’ve read City of Fallen Angels which started off the new trilogy and now I’ve finished the next book City of Lost Souls.

The story follows on from the last. The great evil Sebastian has been raised from the dead and has run off with protagonist Clary’s love Jace. Everyone is searching for Jace, but when they find him they soon realise he is no longer himself and Clary will do anything to get her Jace back and stop her evil brother Sebastian from destroying the world.

One of the things I love about this book is how it so fluidly slips from one characters perspective to another. It takes you from place to place and sometimes just different people in the same scene. It’s so nice to get inside of different character’s heads as there is a lot going on with the on coming war and not to mention everyone’s love lives. It seems that every couple in the book is having some sort of problem. Alec is jealous of Magnus’ past lovers. Clary is trying to save Jace’s soul. Isabelle won’t admit her true feelings to Simon. And Mia might finally be ready to forgive Jordan. The romantic drama is enough to pull you through, but this book is so much more than just romances and Clare writes her words with poetic brilliance. I found myself stopping to reread parts that just flowed, perfectly describing the scene so I could picture it in my head.

And of course after five books you really have grown attached to all the characters which makes you more involved with all the romance stuff so much more. You’re watched these characters grow from book one, City of Bones, they’ve changed so much its hard to believe the people they used to be.

I will also always admire someone who can write stories about people who love each other and might be brother and sister. Reading the first trilogy I was dying to find out if Jace and Clary would ever be together, and new trilogy is no different. With everything that is going on you can’t help but keep reading to figure out everything. What is Sebastian’s plan? What’s wrong with Jace? How are they going to save the day?

Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer and this series is one that millions love (In fact City Of Bones is being turned into a movie as I write this). This is series was the Urban Fantasy that got me in to Urban Fantasies. A brilliant series that I would always recommend for people who love the supernatural world.

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