Monday, 21 May 2012

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Published by Walker



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?


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I have struggled all week to write this review. It's not because I didn't love this book because I really did but more because I don't know how to do it justice without spoiling it. So I am therefore just going to tell you what I liked about it. 

I loved that this book was one of those "second in the series" (or 5th in this case) books where nothing really happens and you spend a lot of time trying to work out who is who and remember what's gone on and just end up utterly confused. I slipped right back in to where things left off without feeling like I didn't have a clue about what was going on which made me more eager and keen to find out moreand therefore meant I found myself reading fast without getting bored.

I felt that Clary comes into her own in this book. Blimey she kicks ass something rotten in this book and you are really starting to see the sort of Shadowhunter she is going to become.

I love all the couples in this book: Alec and Magnus, Jordan and Maia (blimey Jordan and Maia I did get all flustered at their scenes). I also love love love love Simon and Isabelle and I can't wait to see where things go with them next.

Jace is gorgeous in this book. I did have to swoon frequently and often whilst reading this book.

The end of this book is when it all goes down. I loved the ending and cannot wait to see what happens next. A real sense of foreboding has been established and I think we are all in for a real treat with the final instalment!

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I am meeting Cassie Clare next weekend and am interviewing her with questions about Maia and Jordan. If you have any you want to ask please et me know asap.

1 comment:

Vivienne said...

Squee! Can't wait to read it.