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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments) Hardcover – May 8, 2012

Book 5 of 6 in the Mortal Instruments Series

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  • Series: The Mortal Instruments (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; 1st edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442416866
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442416864
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* "If a cliff-hanger can be considered satisfying, then this book delivers."--VOYA, *STARRED

"The action once again climaxes in a tense, lush battle sequence just waiting for digital cinematic treatment. . . . [A] goth-and-glitter pleasure."--Kirkus Reviews

"The Mortal Instruments series features a rare marriage of extremely intricate, fast-paced plotting with ample digressions into the emotional lives of characters we’ve come to care about deeply. . . . With a movie in the works, this is an excellent time for new readers to jump on board one of the most enjoyable series in YA. Smart, fun, and epic, these books are addictive for all the right reasons."--Locus (Gwenda Bond)

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Mortal Instruments series and the Infernal Devices trilogy, and coauthor of the Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson. She also wrote The Shadowhunter's Codex with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 35 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

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I start reading and can't put the book down!
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I love Jace, Clary, Simon, Izzy, Alec and Magnus, and so many more characters in her bookS.
Cassandra Clare did a great job making the characters so real!!!
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93 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Way Beyond The Pages on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love this series by Cassandra Clare! I know a lot of people are getting sick of how Cassandra has chosen to write book after book. I was also a little hesitant at first, and thought that the series should've ended at City of glass. But I just can't seem to get enough of Jace!

In City of lost souls Lilith, the demon has been destroyed and Jace and Sebastian are missing. Clary, not getting any help from the Clave, decides to go out and find them herself. Alec, Simon and Isabelle tag along, of course!!
When Clary and Jace meet she feels that he's changed. Hanging around her evil brother, Sebastian, has made Jace into a different person. He's acting like him and Sebastian are close friends, and that he actually likes him. They soon find out that Jace has been bound to Sebastian, and killing one of them would kill the other as well. Since the Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, Clary and her friends must find a way to save Jace.

The cover of this book was so different from the other book covers in this series. But I do feel like it did justice to the story. There was a lot more romance than there was action, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Since the previous books were all so action packed I feel it was the right move by Clare to slow down a little.
The first 100 or so pages were a little slow, but as soon as Jace came back in the picture the story started moving, fast.
I did love the chemistry between Clary and Jace, again! Jace was hot as a baddie!! Still as charming as always. Clary believed that Jace could be saved, it was kind of heartbreaking actually. But I loved how Isabelle, Alec, Magnus and Simon got involved. I had missed Magnus!!
I loved how Cassandra focused a lot on Isabelle and Simon's relationship as well.
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47 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Macken on July 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I think this series is really getting a bit tired. The first three mortal Instruments books were so epic, all of the conflicts in these new additions to the series kind of fall flat. I think it was a mistake to extend the series.

Going to contain some spoilers...

Jace and Clary's love story was so amazing before but now its the most irritating aspect of the book for me. I hate the endless makeout sessions with convenient interruptions to stop what would otherwise have been sex. Seriously Jace and Clary get THIS close again and again and again and after a while its just annoying. I know it's YA and Cassandra Clare wants to keep us reading by withholding the consummation of the central relationship but it reads as totally unbelievable. Jace and Clary are just stagnating as characters and so is their relationship. This book paints a deeply unrealistic portrayal of teenage love. Or really any love....

I also found Jace's personality change almost indistinguishable from his normal self. Sure at times he was Sebastian's b*tch but mostly I was like Yawn. Same old Jace...

Weirdly, Sebastian was the most interesting character to me, along with Isabelle and Alec. I think that those were the characters who were left quite unexplored in the original trilogy and had room to grow. Clary and Jace were a massive let down.

The plot of this novel and the last one were also let downs. I could see the plot 'twists' a mile off and I was bored a lot of the time. I feel like these additional books were so hastily planned that the plot goes between rehashing the earlier books' complications and shallow, episodic dramas.

I also think City of Lost Souls was way too detail heavy.
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50 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Hot Stuff Book Reviews on May 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is the fifth installment in The Mortal Instruments series written by the amazing Cassandra Clare who doesn't ceased to write books highly heartbreaking and equally addictive.

I'm a fan of Cassandra Clare, so I may not be the better blogger to tell you if it's good or not since I'm too fond of these characters and this world to really criticize these books, but one thing is for sure, it's far better than City of Fallen Angels.

Some of you thought City of Fallen Angels wasn't as good as the first three books of the series and even if I highly enjoyed it, I tend to think it wasn't that good compared to the other books. But City of Lost Souls is exhausting in a wonderful way. I was always on the edge, almost ruining my not so long fingernails.

With City of Lost Souls, you'll laugh with Simon's good words, you'll fear for Jace and Clary, you'll have you heart broken more than once. It's darker than ever and more thrilling than what I expected.

But, because even with the greater books there's a but, I find the beginning a little... I was about to write slow but it's not a good word since the beginning is really important to put everything in order and to give us some pointers to where it's going to go. No, I would say the beginning is a little long before the readers can really feel immersed in the story. Of course, when you're waiting so eagerly a book, you tend to feel so excited by it that you can barely sit down to read in calm.

What to write more? The characters are still so alive - or not so much alive if you think about Simon - , they're showing other sides of them, more human than ever that can't let you cold and you'll love them even more.

Isabelle is a good surprise.
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More About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. She was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books. Cassandra lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, their two cats, and these days, even more books.

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