City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Published by: Walker Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Date Read: 22/09/2013
Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
City of Lost Souls picks up where City of fallen Angels left off, the resurrection of Sebastian. As he binds him to Jace, the two became irrecoverably inseparable, what one feels, the other feels the same, the pain, the joy everything. As the story progress, Clary discovers Sebastian’s true motive behind his suddenly changed and extremely generous behaviour, and his plan to bring down the entire Clave along with each and every Shadowhunter.
Most of this book deals with the connections between the characters and how their relationships with each other are strengthened, tested, and in some cases crumble. I have to say that I enjoyed the larger focus on the wide cast of characters as they worked towards keeping the central plot moving as well as having their own side plots as well.
Romantic elements were higher than any other books in this series, also heart break, despair and desire. This book in many ways focuses less on Clary and Jace’s relationship and focus’ more evenly with the growing romance between characters such as Maia and Jordan, Simon and Isabelle, and Alec and Magnus. I’m happy there was a lot more of Alec and Magnus, my favourite pairing. Alec makes some stupid decisions, though, which was beyond annoying. The ending was a stab to the heart but the scene was powerfully written.
Sebastian is such a great character, I just love to hate him. I actually felt kind of sorry for him, he was the mere victim of abuse and ruthless torture by the name of training. His entire psychopathic personally was build up on the way he was treated by his father Valentine, unloved and to be ruthless.
Each and every character played very crucial part, especially Simon. Also the on and off romance between Simon and Izzy took a whole new turn, I really appreciate how Cassandra Clare focused on Isabelle and Simon’s relationship as well.
All in all, these characters once again, were spectacular. They each played a big role and they went above and beyond their capability. This is adventurous. While there are scenes that are slow-paced, Cassandra Clare has made certain that they are not boring.
As far as City of Lost Souls goes, Cassandra Clare does her thing and adds another splendid addition to the Mortal Instruments series. Everything flowed well, with Clare incorporating the right amount of rising action to create a mind-exploding climax. Once again, I must mention how much I loved the characters in this book.