City of Lost Souls is part five of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I was a little intimidated by the length of it, especially since my rather negative thoughts about City of Fallen Angels, but I really enjoyed the book! It’s one of the best books in the Mortal Instruments. I hope you enjoy my spoiler free review!
“Simon stood and stared numbly at the front door of his house. He’d never known another home. This was the place his parents had bought back when he was born. He had grown up within the walls of the Brooklyn row house. He’d played on the street under the leafy shade of the trees in the summer, and had made improvised sleds out of garbage can lids in the winter. In this house his family had sat shivah after his father had died. Here he had kissed Clary for the first time.”
Jace is bound to Sebastian and only a small group of people believe he can be saved. Clary is alone, playing a dangerous game to save Jace’s soul. Meanwhile, the others are defying the Clave to try and save him.
After reading City of Fallen Angels, I was a little scared for City of Lost Souls. Luckily, it was much better than expected!
The different perspectives in City of Lost Souls are all equally interesting to me. Everyone has such an important role in the big picture of the plot. Clary isn’t usually my favourite, but her POV was the most interesting this time. Sometimes I think of her as whiny and annoying, but this showed me she’s actually really brave. Her “relationship” with Sebastian confused me, but that’s what made it really good. Since it probably confused Clary as well. Speaking about Sebastian… Is it okay to love the villain? Even though I also hate him a little bit? He’s character is really well written and I’m glad he was such a big part of the book.
I’m equally happy and heartbroken about Malec. I’m happy because of their relationship, even when the parts we saw of it were only little things. Heartbroken because, well… You should just read the book, I don’t want to be the one to burst your bubble, hehe… But in all seriousness, their relationship was so well written and developed. It was lovely and beautiful and emotional and heartbreaking, but I love it so much. Malec is definitely my number one book OTP.
Overall City of Lost Souls’ plot was really well written. I was a little intimidated by the length of the book, but in the end, I had no reason to be. I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read City of Heavenly Fire. The cliffhanger at the end was so good!
My review of City of Lost Souls including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
City of Lost Souls is a well-written book with an interesting plot and characters. I enjoyed reading it a lot and it’s one of the best Mortal Instruments books so far.
About City of Lost Souls
City of Lost Souls is book five in The Mortal Instruments series, which is part of the Shadowhunter Chronicles. It’s a series of multiple series/trilogies and standalone books which are set in the Shadow World. The Mortal Instruments has a prequel (The Infernal Devices) and a sequel (The Dark Artifices).
I also reviewed other books from the Shadowhunter Chronicles. You can find them in my Review Archive.