Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: City of Lost Souls

Release Date: May 8, 2012
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Length: 535 pages

"The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series."


Protagonists: Most of this book deals with the connections between the characters and how their relationships with each other, for this section the platonic ones, 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. My only problem with this was, that with such a large cast, the perspective changes can be a bit like whip lash. One page I'd be reading about Maia and Jordan and the next it's Alec and Magnus, and then back to Maia and Jordan quickly after.

Romance: Like I said above this book focuses on relationships while weaving them through a fun and engaging plot. This book in many ways focuses less on Clary and Jace's relationship (which I've been beginning to grow bored with) and focus more evenly with the growing romance between characters such as Maia and Jordan, Simon and Isabelle, and Alec and Magnus. This helps me get through the book as I'm not trudging along while the book focuses on Jace and Clary and actually towards the end redeems their relationship a bit for me.

World-Building: I loved the thing revealed in this installment, well there wasn't so much revealed as introduced. There are things that are revealed though mainly it's about the characters and not the world itself. We get to meet the female sect of the Silent Brothers, the Iron Sisters, and learn about their place in the Nephilim society. We get to meet another demon, one who is in second command only to Lucifer himself and learn what he can do to help our heroes. We learn a bit more about the Praetor Lupus and get to see where they came from and how they operate.

Predictability: This book isn't too unpredictable and but has parts in it that I thought might happen but was still pretty shocked when they did. Now there are a few things that I was completely shocked by, especially since I didn't read the summary before reading this installment, thus making even the smallest of reveals all the more surprising. There is a twist towards the end that I was utterly impressed by as it gave a light to a character that was growing a bit board with.

Ending: The ending is a bit expected though not totally predictable  What I mean by that is that you know something like this is coming but how it happens and the details surrounding the very end are a bit surprising and will leave readers pondering what the final installment will bring. For the end over all, like I said above I was really impressed with how the author almost redefined a character without taking away the character's attitude, but instead giving them a new challenge and gift to deal with.

Overall, I'm giving this book 4.5 out of 5 stars I was wholeheartedly impressed by this installment compared to the previous one, but still there was something missing. I can't quite articulate what but it didn't meet my expectations perhaps.

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  1. Great review!
    -Scott from http://scottreadsit.blogspot.com

  2. Ok, I'm not reading this. I haven't read CoFA yet, so I'm gonna skip this in case of spoilers. I know your reviews are always good, tho, so I'll have to come back and read this when I've gone through the book!

  3. I really didn't like this. I was kind of dissapointed in it, usually CCs books (I've read TID and TMI) are awesome, but I think that this was a little overkill. I completely agree with the 'but still there was something missing. I can't quite articulate what but it didn't meet my expectations perhaps.' comment. There was something empty in the book.