Saturday, June 2, 2012

City of Lost Souls - by Cassandra Clare


Published: May 2012
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry
Pages: 534
Copy Provided by: Bought
Summary: Goodreads

Summary:
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.
Review:
Once again Cassie Clare manages to stun me with her brilliance.  It's no secret that I love this series.  Its my favourite.  Of all time.  Seriously.  Second place goes to Vampire Academy.  But Cassandra Clare really does manage to weave so many elements into her Mortal Instruments series that it is confounding.  Not only that but you see glimpses here and there of how this world crosses over into the past with her Infernal Devices series.  

It's hard to discuss the how phenomenal this title is if you don't already know the previous 4 books before this.  By now the characters are so solid in terms of their thought processes and jokes.  I hate to say it but when I see phrases from the book I think - That is SOOO Jace.  Or what a Magnus thing to say.  It's sad.  Book friends...what can you do?

Within the first 100 pages, Cassie talks about a t-shirt that Simon is wearing. It says "Clearly I have made some bad decisions". If you know what Simon is and how he has gotten himself in and out of different scenarios, then you'll understand how ridiculously funny this is. Supposedly you can buy the tee at topatoco.com but I have not been able to find it.

So instead of telling you how much you need to read this series, I'm going to leave you with my favourite quotes so you can see what you're missing. 

Here goes -

"...a pendant in the shape of an angel whose wings were clockwork cogs and gear..."
Remind you of anyone? Say Tessa from the Infernal Devices?  Nice crossover reference Ms. Clare.

Jordan and Maia convo
"Are you going to pull that straight-guy thing where you pretend that you can't tell whether other guys are attractive or not?...Well, the hairy guy had that mole, so I think Jace comes out slightly ahead.  If you like that whole chiseled, blonde, Abercrombie-and-Fitch-wishes-they-could-afford-me thing."

 Jace being Jace
"I was hoping they'd put up flyers like they do for lost cats," he said.  "Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy.  Answers to 'Jace', or 'Hot Stuff'"

Magnus' thoughts on Simon
"Nerd love.  It is a beautiful thing, while also being an object of mockery and hilarity for those of us who are more sophisticated."

Alec on being gay
"It's not like a stab wound you can protect me from.  It's a million little paper cuts every day."

And of course, I need to put this up once more because it's awesome.


So I know that I haven't told you much about the book but that's because it is very hard to describe when if you haven't read the rest of the series and I don't want to ruin anything.  For those of you who have read book 5, you only have another 1 1/2 YEARS to wait for City of Heavenly Fire, coming out March 2014.  Simon and Schuster, shame on you! :P  However, there are some Shadowhunter extras that you can explore in the meantime....

On another tangent, did you know that Cassie has announced that she is expanding the Shadowhunter world again and is going to start another series called The Dark Artifices?  You can read more via the link.

Another tidbit for those of you who are also crazy for Cassie is that she has announced that she will be co-writing a series with her bestie Holly Black called The Iron Trial.  It's about time ladies!  Can't wait to read it!

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