City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

 

Is it really love to tell someone that if it came down to picking between them and every other life on the planet, you’d pick them? Is that—I don’t know, is that a moral sort of love at all?

Summary
After the horrible events that took place on the roof of one of the New York buildings, Jace is gone – and Sebastian’s body disappeared with him. Now, Clary is determined to find him. But bringing him back home might prove to be much more difficult and dangerous than she ever expected.

Writing
Cassie’s writing in this book is in a very strange place. It’s not yet as good as in The Dark Artifices, but it’s definitely much better than in the City of Bones. It’s very witty and humorous, but I feel like the story could benefit from a little bit more seriousness.

Characters
This is THE book. The book that makes me feel for Sebastian. It creates his character masterfully – he is still very clearly a villain, but it makes it easy to sympathize with him. It made me realize that his demon blood wasn’t what made him evil – it was his upbringing. He was raised by a cold and cruel man, who brutalized him daily. It’s no wonder that he grew up to be the person he is.

I think we can all agree that Alec in this book is insufferable. I know I am going to like him again by the end of City of Heavenly Fire, but right now it feels almost impossible. Even though I am able to understand what he was going through, his behaviour was still inexcusable.

Simon is getting more precious with every single book. He is the kind of best friend we all deserve. At this point he is honestly the one person I care about the most in this whole series. And his relationship with Izzy is beyond adorable.

I didn’t really care for them when I was reading this book a few years ago, but surprisingly I highly enjoyed Maia and Jordan’s chapters. Their interactions are very fluffy and sugar sweet, but I found them to be a nice reprieve from all of the sadness and darkness in this story.

And Jace and Clary… are still Jace and Clary. There is not much to say about them individually in terms of development, but I think their relationship changed in a very heartwarming way. By the end of the book it started to feel much more mature and healthy, though it’s still very obsessive.

Plot
This novel reignited my love for this series. This book is definitely more character driven, but it’s written in truly captivating way. The pacing of the story is very steady, it constantly keeps you engaged. And more importantly – every part of this book feels important. There isn’t a moment that feels too dragged out or completely irrelevant.

Overall
This book managed to overshadow every single one of its predecessors. It was everything I wanted it to be and then a little bit more. If after finishing City of Fallen Angels you don’t feel like this series is worth the effort – please do yourself a favour and give this one a chance.

 

CONTENT WARNINGS: sexual assault (rape attempt), violence, incest, kidnapping, drug use

 

5

 

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  1. Wow this book sounds interesting! What is your favorite book that you read so far! I have a website called book reviews! You might like some of the books I add! I might read this book after my next book!

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