The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Claire Review:
SPOILER WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The fight for Jace’s soul wages on in the fifth book in Cassandra Claire’s epic YA series, The Mortal Instruments. After the cliffhanger ending
of the fourth book, Clary finds herself being investigated by the Clave after Jace disappears, as does the body of her brother, Sebastian. With
Isabelle, Alec and Clary frantic to find Jace and Magnus, Simon, Maia and Jordan eager to help, Clary soon learns the devastating truth behind
the disappearance. Sebastian is alive, and the ritual that raised him has tied him physically to Jace. Worse yet, Jace has become a pawn, controlled
and made into an obedient partner to Sebastian’s powerful will. Soon Clary finds herself forced to become a double agent, infiltrating Sebastian
and the mind-controlled Jace’s secret hideout in order to figure out their plan, while the rest of the group goes on a dangerous mission to
find a weapon capable of separating Jace from Sebastian.
The forces of heaven and hell become much more involved as the plot of Jonathan Morgenstern come to light. The son of the deadliest Shadowhunter
to ever betray the Clave is even more evil than anyone could have imagined. The scenes between Clary and Jace, and Clary and Sebastian, are
incredibly powerful narratives, while the development of both Simon and Isabella is a welcome addition to the story itself, and serves as a
reminder of the vast array of characters the Shadowhunter universe really is, and the mythology of the series is heavily explored throughout the
novel. By book’s end, a bloody war will loom ahead, as the final book of this series will bring an end to the vast saga of Clary Fray and her
journey. Will Clary find a way to stop her demonic brother? Will she and her friends and loved ones survive? We’ll find out in the final book,
City of Heavenly Fire.