Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass: Jace, the boy Clary loves, and Sebastian, the brother Clary hates, have disappeared. The Clave’s magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can’t stay away from Clary. When they meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that Lilith’s magic has bound Jace together with Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to eradicate Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle scheme and bargain to save Jace, but Clary is utterly alone, playing a dangerous game. If she loses, her life – and Jace’s soul – are forfeit. She’d do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?”
Review: City of Lost Souls certainly improved in ways that its predecessor, City of Fallen Angels, failed (https://bannedbookbrigade.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/bonus-book-city-of-fallen-angels-the-mortal-instruments-book-4-by-cassandra-clare/). While Cassandra Clare once again chose to allow different character’s perspectives to dominate certain chapters, the inclusion of characters beyond just Simon (such as Isabelle, Maia, and Jordan) helped break up this rather lengthy fifth installment. As Clare undoubtedly hoped for, Sebastian’s apparent change of heart left my mind working on overdrive to figure out exactly what he was planning. And the newfound Jace/Sebastian relationship definitely frustrated me, exactly as it was intended to do. City of Fallen Angels doesn’t quite live up to the high set by book three, but it does bring back an improved sense of character development and complexity. I’m excited to see how the sixth and final installment brings it all together!