Title: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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?
Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
In the 5th installment of the Mortal instruments series, we find Clary looking for her boyfriend Jace. He has disappeared from the roof where she last left him. The council has put looking for him on the backburner, and of course Clary takes it upon herself to look for him. She soon finds out that he is with none other than Sebastian, her brother with demon blood. Is Jace there against his will, or is something more sinister at work?
I just want to say right off the bat that I adore this series. I mean head-over-heels adore! I love the main character Clary in these books. You can actually see how she has gone from this little girl—to this amazingly brave and selfless person. At first the different POVs through me off because I haven’t read a book with this many POVs in a long time, but somehow they come together seamlessly. We get to see from the eyes of so many in these books. Simon is struggling with being a vampire, Isabelle is struggling with the idea of wanting Simon, Alec is struggling with Magnus’ immortality—so as you can see it’s a whole lot of struggling. That’s one of the many great things about this book. Even though the main plot is the fact that Jace is missing, there are so many subplots that the book moves along so fast and at every turn you are captivated. Each turn you learn a little bit about each character and their strengths and weaknesses. In this novel you even get a glimpse into who Sebastian (aka Jonathan) is and it strengthens this story as a whole. There are definitely a lot of heart pounding moments in this book. A fantastic novel from a fantastic writer!! I can’t wait for more!