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- Publication Date : May 8, 2012
- File Size : 11646 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 546 pages
- Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reissue Edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B005O315ZW
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After the events of City of Fallen Angels, we find our heroes in disarray because they find that both Jace and Sebastian are missing. They find out that Jace and Sebastian have been linked by the dark ceremony, which means that Jace is no longer himself. He feels that anything that Sebastian does it right and assists him, despite the fact that it would go against his true nature.
I really enjoyed seeing Jace and Sebastian's interactions, because it showed a more human side of Sebastian. There were times when there was no one else around besides Jace, who was linked to him and had no free will of his own, and Sebastian seemed almost normal. He even had rare moments with Clary, which made you question just how much the demon blood affected him.
You know he is evil and that he has the ability to fake human emotions, but it was those actions that make you wonder, what if? Could the bond with Jace be affecting him, even to a small degree, in the same way that it affecting Jace? Giving him some dimension and the slightest influence of good? I loved how Clare made you question everything that you believed about Sebastian, just as Clary did in the book.
The character development also extended to our other favourite characters, which was nice to see since it's such a large cast. We see Izzy being both strong and determined, and fragile, insecure and hurt. She has a broad range of emotions and her world does not revolve around a boy, which was so refreshing to see. Simon is struggling with his change and who he thinks he is now, still the old Simon or is he cursed now?
Despite the fact that they're not the focus, Magnus and Alec's relationship is wonderfully developed in this book. They struggle with both magical and mundane things coming between them but love one another to always persevere. Alec is still very insecure, so he worries about everything that Magnus does tell him about his past and the fact that one of them is immortal and the other not. Their love and their heartbreak is very real, which was such a redeeming characterization in this book.
Although Clary/Jace is my favourite pairing overall, I definitely love the Magnus/Alec evolution throughout this book and those that come after it. They are a very close second and probably a better portrayal of a relationship in the end. In this book, I worry about the portrayal of Clary and Jace's relationship at times because it's not always healthy. Obviously, people make mistakes, so it is realistic but it can border on obsessive and controlling at times. I understand that Jace is Clary's first love, but he is not the only person in the world and sometimes she is worryingly single-minded.
The plot culminates and plans are laid for the fantastic conclusion to this series. Although the book does not end with a cliffhanger, you are still left wondering exactly what Sebastian's plans are and how our heroes are going to stop him. Or if they are going to be able to stop him. Despite the fact that this is not the most well-written of her three series, I adore it nonetheless and constantly recommend it to people.
I have only book 6 left, and I'm really looking forward to engrossing myself in the story, but if I have to read one more time the description of the inside of the Institute I'm going to hurl the book as far away from me as possible.
And another thing; almost every single time the main character and her love interest see each other there are at least 2 pages talking about how they feel for each other. Every. Single. Time. This would be fine if she had different things to say about it, but she doesn't. It's like GOD I know they're so in love they'd literally die for each other, no need to keep repeating that fact.
Also I hate the main character. I get that she's supposed to be bad tempered and all but it's extreme to the point of ridiculousness. I don't like the way she is as a whole. She's selfish and childish. I thought she'd grow as her adventures went on, but she hasn't really. Yes, she's changed but she hasn't matured. She's still a kid, thinks like a kid and acts like a kid, but doesn't want to be treated like one.
This has been more of an angry rant but here it is. Overall, the story itself is enjoyable and I would recommend this book, but it could be a lot more to the point.
Here are the four reasons why I gave The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls 4 out of 5 stars:
★ COVER ART
I don't usually give stars for a book's cover, because the outside of a book does not necessarily allude to what exists on the inside. A plain cover may hold the most intricately written, thought-provoking story. And, an elegantly designed cover may contain a dull, one-dimensional story.
We've all heard this stated a lot simpler: Never judge a book by its cover.
Well, I am throwing that idea out of the window today because this is a book cover that I would frame and put on my wall; it's just so damn beautiful.
All of the covers in Clare's Mortal Instruments series are remarkably stunning, but this cover is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite. There is just something about Clary and Jace's loving embrace, and not to mention the models who are the perfect embodiment of those two characters.
In City of Lost Souls, Jace has been bound to his evil adoptive brother Sebastian. Clary, Isabelle, Alec, Simon and Magnus must figure out how to unbind Jace from Sebastian, among other things. I really liked the plot of Book Five. It allowed readers to venture outside of New York with the characters, and to see a different side of Sebastian--a side that really loves Clary (or at least what he considers love).
Action, humor, romance, adventure: City of Lost Souls has it all.
★ CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
I like reading about Jace and Clary, but I have to admit that their relationship is beginning to fall on the back burner for me as new, more dynamic characters emerge. Magnus & Alec, Isabelle & Simon, Maia & Jordan, and even Sebastian (who has no pairing) are getting more spotlight. And, this is Clare's greatest move. We are seeing how love is changing these people. Even Sebastian. He seems to be lonely and in need of companionship or love, and it makes you sympathize with him throughout this book. In my opinion, Clary and Jace haven't really reached the peaks of their development arcs yet. However, we do see Clary display some of her new fighting skills in this book.
★ BREAKS BOUNDARIES
Cassandra Clare is not afraid to journey across untread waters with her stories.
I love the way she writes about sexuality. When you are reading her stories, you're not thinking "Oh, yeah, Alec and Magnus are gay. Helen and Aline are gay." When you read Clare's works, you simply see these characters as people who are in love. Her writing is very poetic and lyrical, and it really speaks to emotions, emotions that help you to forget about gender, race, and stereotypes. In this way, Clare's writing literally breaks boundaries for me, because in the world she creates there are no boundaries, just love.
Clare also touches on another topic that you don't often see in YA books--incest. This theme recurs in her stories. We see it first in City of Ashes in the case of Jace & Clary being in love even after finding out that they are brother and sister. And then it returns in City of Glass, when Clary meets Sebastian. But, things get really uncomfortable with City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.
The subject of incest is disagreeable, but I admit that it is well written and it fits into Clare's overall story. She is trying to evoke specific emotions from her readers when she writes on this topic--disgust, confusion, empathy--and she succeeds in doing so.
The Mortal Instruments books are generally pretty long. But, sometimes they can be too long as is the case with City of Lost Souls.
The length of this book gives way to repetition; I felt that some of the same things were being said over and over, some of the same points were being re-re-emphasized. I also thought that the length created a lack of action and plot projection.
So, all in all, this book just seemed unnecessarily drawn out.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed City of Lost Souls. It's definitely not my favorite of the series, but I would not say it's my least favorite either. I highly recommend this series to everyone. Before this series, I thought I hated fantasy but, as it turns out, I was wrong. You guys should give it a try and see how you like it!
Clare has created a very complex world of Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves, faeries, etc. Rarely do we see an author handle so much subject matter effectively--Cassandra Clare does so with grace.
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I feel so guilty that I didn't enjoy this book because I really hoped after finishing book three thinking it was all over that Clare must have come up with something awesome enough to make her think to write three more. Now, I hate to sound cynical but I really hope it wasn't just a money making ploy because a lot of her other books I've actually enjoyed, but this series for me just hasn't floated my boat.
This book though, set apart from the others as is only fair, does have some really enjoyable elements and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into them. I love how we get to see so much more of the Shadowhunter world from a more traditional angle; it was great to see the life Clary's parents must have lived and to learn more about how Clary's mother and Luke had developed from their more traditional lives before everything happened with Valentine.
I also really loved to see some of the other characters develop. Isabelle and Alec more specifically; Alec and Magnus kept me hooked and Isabelle is just hilarious. However, this brings me to my first negative. Jace as a character has the worst kind of attitude of any main character I think I've ever come across. I can totally see how Clare imagined he would come across - cocky but attractive nevertheless. But he is written in a way that his arrogance couldn't appear attractive at all; he is so obsessed with looks that I couldn't see the funny side of it any longer.
Clare has written very well in my opinion in some of her books. The series running along side this (The Mortal Devices) is absolutely phenomenal right to the very end of it, I loved every second of reading it. But, TMI just couldn't match it. Her writing style seems so different in comparison - slow, dull and SO MUCH waffling.
I have high hopes for future work of Clare's, really I do. I feel terrible that I didn't enjoy this book because I felt it had so much promise and some aspects of it were great, it's just a shame about the portrayal of Jace this time. I have faith it will improve ready for the next one though.
The way these books are written is amazing. It's written in the 3rd person but you see things from different characters POV. While following a set of characters on their adventure, finding out about them, and then you see some action. You follow another set of characters on their adventure and you see some action and so on, but then they all meet up at the same time. When everybody is their, still written in the 3rd person but manly through Clary POV.
Clary's, Jace and Johnathan's adventure is out of this world. Just their adventure could have been a book on it's own, it's that good. The whole book getting ready for the climax.
This book is 6 weeks after City of Fallen Angels and Jace is still missing. You will learn in this book why that is.
I could not put this book down it is amazing, you are introduced to a few more characters, The relationships between each character deepens and a breakup that is really sad. Not only will you NOT be disappointed in this book you will want to re-read them over and over again. This is a fantastic series and this book is the best.
It is a very good read and kept me entertained throughout. I like the idea of the rings for Simon and Clary to communicate and also the "house" which can travel through different dimensions as a hideout. And we also get to know about the Iron Sisters-the weapon makers for the shadowhunters.
Apart from an exciting storyline, the author also explores more on the relationships between some of the major characters. We can see further development between Simon and Isabelle, Magnus and Alec and even for Clary and Jace.
Isabelle has always been the girl who refuses to give or love but you get to see she is slowly warmed to Simon and they finally become close.
I also quite enjoy reading the relationship between Alec and Magnus and the conflict Alec faces when thinking about the future of their relationship. Magnus is an interesting and mysterious character that we also love to find out more about. I do feel sorry about how it went in the end.
As for Clary and Jace, they have certainly become closer and in a way, through Jace, Clary gets a better understand of Sebastian, and also her father Valentine.
There is a big cliffhanger at the end of the book. Sebastian will come back and there will be a change in the power struggle in the vampire community. I can't wait for the next and final book to come out!