City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments Series #5)

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments Series #5)

by Cassandra Clare


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What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Lost Souls is a Shadowhunters novel.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481456005
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Mortal Instruments Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 13,898
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Red Scrolls of Magic, as well as the internationally bestselling Dark Artifices trilogy, Mortal Instruments series, and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson; Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman; and Ghosts of the Shadow Market with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Kelly Link, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at

Read an Excerpt

City of Lost Souls THE LAST COUNCIL
“How much longer will the verdict take, do you think?” Clary asked. She had no idea how long they’d been waiting, but it felt like ten hours. There were no clocks in Isabelle’s black and hot-pink powder-puff bedroom, just piles of clothes, heaps of books, stacks of weapons, a vanity overflowing with sparkling makeup, used brushes, and open drawers spilling lacy slips, sheer tights, and feather boas. It had a certain backstage-at-La-Cage-aux-Folles design aesthetic, but over the past two weeks Clary had spent enough time among the glittering mess to have begun to find it comforting.

Isabelle, standing over by the window with Church in her arms, stroked the cat’s head absently. Church regarded her with baleful yellow eyes. Outside the window a November storm was in full bloom, rain streaking the windows like clear paint. “Not much longer,” she said slowly. “Five minutes, probably.”

Clary, sitting on Izzy’s bed between a pile of magazines and a rattling stack of seraph blades, swallowed hard against the bitter taste in her throat. I’ll be back. Five minutes.

That had been the last thing she had said to the boy she loved more than anything else in the world. Now she thought it might be the last thing she would ever get to say to him.

Clary remembered the moment perfectly. The roof garden. The crystalline October night, the stars burning icy white against a cloudless black sky. The paving stones smeared with black runes, spattered with ichor and blood. Jace’s mouth on hers, the only warm thing in a shivering world. Clasping the Morgenstern ring around her neck. The love that moves the sun and all the other stars. Turning to look for him as the elevator took her away, sucking her back down into the shadows of the building. She had joined the others in the lobby, hugging her mother, Luke, Simon, but some part of her, as it always was, had still been with Jace, floating above the city on that rooftop, the two of them alone in the cold and brilliant electric city.

Maryse and Kadir had been the ones to get into the elevator to join Jace on the roof and to see the remains of Lilith’s ritual. It was another ten minutes before Maryse returned, alone. When the doors had opened and Clary had seen her face—white and set and frantic—she had known.

What had happened next had been like a dream. The crowd of Shadowhunters in the lobby had surged toward Maryse; Alec had broken away from Magnus, and Isabelle had leaped to her feet. White bursts of light cut through the darkness like the soft explosions of camera flashes at a crime scene as, one after another, seraph blades lit the shadows. Pushing her way forward, Clary heard the story in broken pieces—the rooftop garden was empty; Jace was gone. The glass coffin that had held Sebastian had been smashed open; glass was lying everywhere in fragments. Blood, still fresh, dripped down the pedestal on which the coffin had sat.

The Shadowhunters were making plans quickly, to spread out in a radius and search the area around the building. Magnus was there, his hands sparking blue, turning to Clary to ask if she had something of Jace’s they could track him with. Numbly, she gave him the Morgenstern ring and retreated into a corner to call Simon. She had only just closed the phone when the voice of a Shadowhunter rang out above the rest. “Tracking? That’ll work only if he’s still alive. With that much blood it’s not very likely—”

Somehow that was the last straw. Prolonged hypothermia, exhaustion, and shock took their toll, and she felt her knees give. Her mother caught her before she hit the ground. There was a dark blur after that. She woke up the next morning in her bed at Luke’s, sitting bolt upright with her heart going like a trip-hammer, sure she had had a nightmare.

As she struggled out of bed, the fading bruises on her arms and legs told a different story, as did the absence of her ring. Throwing on jeans and a hoodie, she staggered out into the living room to find Jocelyn, Luke, and Simon seated there with somber expressions on their faces. She didn’t even need to ask, but she did anyway: “Did they find him? Is he back?”

Jocelyn stood up. “Sweetheart, he’s still missing—”

“But not dead? They haven’t found a body?” She collapsed onto the couch next to Simon. “No—he’s not dead. I’d know.”

She remembered Simon holding her hand while Luke told her what they did know: that Jace was still gone, and so was Sebastian. The bad news was that the blood on the pedestal had been identified as Jace’s. The good news was that there was less of it than they had thought; it had mixed with the water from the coffin to give the impression of a greater volume of blood than there had really been. They now thought it was quite possible he had survived whatever had happened.

“But what happened?” she demanded.

Luke shook his head, blue eyes somber. “Nobody knows, Clary.”

Her veins felt as if her blood had been replaced with ice water. “I want to help. I want to do something. I don’t want to just sit here while Jace is missing.”

“I wouldn’t worry about that,” Jocelyn said grimly. “The Clave wants to see you.”

Invisible ice cracked in Clary’s joints and tendons as she stood up. “Fine. Whatever. I’ll tell them anything they want if they’ll find Jace.”

“You’ll tell them anything they want because they have the Mortal Sword.” There was despair in Jocelyn’s voice. “Oh, baby. I’m so sorry.”

And now, after two weeks of repetitive testimony, after scores of witnesses had been called, after she had held the Mortal Sword a dozen times, Clary sat in Isabelle’s bedroom and waited for the Council to rule on her fate. She couldn’t help but remember what it had felt like to hold the Mortal Sword. It was like tiny fishhooks embedded in your skin, pulling the truth out of you. She had knelt, holding it, in the circle of the Speaking Stars and had heard her own voice telling the Council everything: how Valentine had raised the Angel Raziel, and how she had taken the power of controlling the Angel from him by erasing his name in the sand and writing hers over it. She had told them how the Angel had offered her one wish, and she had used it to raise Jace from the dead; she told them how Lilith had possessed Jace and Lilith had planned to use Simon’s blood to resurrect Sebastian, Clary’s brother, whom Lilith regarded as a son. How Simon’s Mark of Cain had ended Lilith, and they had thought Sebastian had been ended too, no longer a threat.

Clary sighed and flipped her phone open to check the time. “They’ve been in there for an hour,” she said. “Is that normal? Is it a bad sign?”

Isabelle dropped Church, who let out a yowl. She came over to the bed and sat down beside Clary. Isabelle looked even more slender than usual—like Clary, she’d lost weight in the past two weeks—but elegant as always, in black cigarette pants and a fitted gray velvet top. Mascara was smudged all around Izzy’s eyes, which should have made her look like a raccoon but just made her look like a French film star instead. She stretched her arms out, and her electrum bracelets with their rune charms jingled musically. “No, it’s not a bad sign,” she said. “It just means they have a lot to talk over.” She twisted the Lightwood ring on her finger. “You’ll be fine. You didn’t break the Law. That’s the important thing.”

Clary sighed. Even the warmth of Isabelle’s shoulder next to hers couldn’t melt the ice in her veins. She knew that technically she had broken no Laws, but she also knew the Clave was furious at her. It was illegal for a Shadowhunter to raise the dead, but not for the Angel to do it; nevertheless it was such an enormous thing she had done in asking for Jace’s life back that she and Jace had agreed to tell no one about it.

Now it was out, and it had rocked the Clave. Clary knew they wanted to punish her, if only because her choice had had such disastrous consequences. In some way she wished they would punish her. Break her bones, pull her fingernails out, let the Silent Brothers root through her brain with their bladed thoughts. A sort of devil’s bargain—her own pain for Jace’s safe return. It would have helped her guilt over having left Jace behind on that rooftop, even though Isabelle and the others had told her a hundred times she was being ridiculous—that they had all thought he was perfectly safe there, and that if Clary had stayed, she would probably now be missing too.

“Quit it,” Isabelle said. For a moment Clary wasn’t sure if Isabelle was talking to her or to the cat. Church was doing what he often did when dropped—lying on his back with all four legs in the air, pretending to be dead in order to induce guilt in his owners. But then Isabelle swept her black hair aside, glaring, and Clary realized she was the one being told off, not the cat.

“Quit what?”

“Morbidly thinking about all the horrible things that are going to happen to you, or that you wish would happen to you because you’re alive and Jace is... missing.” Isabelle’s voice jumped, like a record skipping a groove. She never spoke of Jace as being dead or even gone—she and Alec refused to entertain the possibility. And Isabelle had never reproached Clary once for keeping such an enormous secret. Throughout everything, in fact, Isabelle had been her staunchest defender. Meeting her every day at the door to the Council Hall, she had held Clary firmly by the arm as she’d marched her past clumps of glaring, muttering Shadowhunters. She had waited through endless Council interrogations, shooting dagger glances at anyone who dared look at Clary sideways. Clary had been astonished. She and Isabelle had never been enormously close, both of them being the sort of girls who were more comfortable with boys than other female companionship. But Isabelle didn’t leave her side. Clary was as bewildered as she was grateful.

“I can’t help it,” Clary said. “If I were allowed to patrol—if I were allowed to do anything—I think it wouldn’t be so bad.”

“I don’t know.” Isabelle sounded weary. For the past two weeks she and Alec had been exhausted and gray-faced from sixteen-hour patrols and searches. When Clary had found out she was banned from patrolling or searching for Jace in any way until the Council decided what to do about the fact that she had brought him back from the dead, she had kicked a hole in her bedroom door. “Sometimes it feels so futile,” Isabelle added.

Ice crackled up and down Clary’s bones. “You mean you think he’s dead?”

“No, I don’t. I mean I think there’s no way they’re still in New York.”

“But they’re patrolling in other cities, right?” Clary put a hand to her throat, forgetting that the Morgenstern ring no longer hung there. Magnus was still trying to track Jace, though no tracking had yet worked.

“Of course they are.” Isabelle reached out curiously and touched the delicate silver bell that hung around Clary’s neck now, in place of the ring. “What’s that?”

Clary hesitated. The bell had been a gift from the Seelie Queen. No, that wasn’t quite right. The Queen of the faeries didn’t give gifts. The bell was meant to signal the Seelie Queen that Clary wanted her help. Clary had found her hand wandering to it more and more often as the days dragged on with no sign of Jace. The only thing that stopped Clary was the knowledge that the Seelie Queen never gave anything without the expectation of something terrible in return.

Before Clary could reply to Isabelle, the door opened. Both girls sat up ramrod straight, Clary clutching one of Izzy’s pink pillows so hard that the rhinestones on it dug into the skin of her palms.

“Hey.” A slim figure stepped into the room and shut the door. Alec, Isabelle’s older brother, was dressed in Council wear—a black robe figured with silver runes, open now over jeans and a long-sleeved black T-shirt. All the black made his pale skin look paler, his crystal-blue eyes bluer. His hair was black and straight like his sister’s, but shorter, cut just above his jawline. His mouth was set in a thin line.

Clary’s heart started to pound. Alec didn’t look happy. Whatever the news was, it couldn’t be good.

It was Isabelle who spoke. “How did it go?” she said quietly. “What’s the verdict?”

Alec sat down at the vanity table, swinging himself around the chair to face Izzy and Clary over the back. At another time it would have been comical—Alec was very tall, with long legs like a dancer, and the way he folded himself awkwardly around the chair made it look like dollhouse furniture.

“Clary,” he said. “Jia Penhallow handed down the verdict. You’re cleared of any wrongdoing. You broke no Laws, and Jia feels that you’ve been punished enough.”

Isabelle exhaled an audible breath and smiled. For just a moment a feeling of relief broke through the layer of ice over all of Clary’s emotions. She wasn’t going to be punished, locked up in the Silent City, trapped somewhere where she couldn’t help Jace. Luke, who as the representative of the werewolves on the Council had been present for the verdict, had promised to call Jocelyn as soon as the meeting ended, but Clary reached for her phone anyway; the prospect of giving her mother good news for a change was too tempting.

“Clary,” Alec said as she flipped her phone open. “Wait.”

She looked at him. His expression was still as serious as an undertaker’s. With a sudden sense of foreboding, Clary put her phone back down on the bed. “Alec—what is it?”

“It wasn’t your verdict that took the Council so long,” said Alec. “There was another matter under discussion.”

The ice was back. Clary shivered. “Jace?”

“Not exactly.” Alec leaned forward, folding his hands along the back of the chair. “A report came in early this morning from the Moscow Institute. The wardings over Wrangel Island were smashed through yesterday. They’ve sent a repair team, but having such important wards down for so long—that’s a Council priority.”

Wards—which served, as Clary understood it, as a sort of magical fence system—surrounded Earth, put there by the first generation of Shadowhunters. They could be bypassed by demons but not easily, and kept out the vast majority of them, preventing the world from being flooded by a massive demon invasion. She remembered something that Jace had said to her, what felt like years ago: There used to be only small demon invasions into this world, easily contained. But even in my lifetime more and more of them have spilled in through the wardings.

“Well, that’s bad,” Clary said. “But I don’t see what it has to do with—”

“The Clave has its priorities,” Alec interrupted. “Searching for Jace and Sebastian has been top priority for the past two weeks. But they’ve scoured everything, and there’s no sign of either of them in any Downworld haunt. None of Magnus’s tracking spells have worked. Elodie, the woman who brought up the real Sebastian Verlac, confirmed that no one’s tried to get in touch with her. That was a long shot, anyway. No spies have reported any unusual activity among the known members of Valentine’s old Circle. And the Silent Brothers haven’t been able to figure out exactly what the ritual Lilith performed was supposed to do, or whether it succeeded. The general consensus is that Sebastian—of course, they call him Jonathan when they talk about him—kidnapped Jace, but that’s not anything we didn’t know.”

“So?” Isabelle said. “What does that mean? More searching? More patrolling?”

Alec shook his head. “They’re not discussing expanding the search,” he said quietly. “They’re de-prioritizing it. It’s been two weeks and they haven’t found anything. The specially commissioned groups brought over from Idris are going to be sent home. The situation with the wards is taking priority now. Not to mention that the Council has been in the middle of delicate negotiations, updating the Laws to allow for the new makeup of the Council, appointing a new Consul and Inquisitor, determining different treatment of Downworlders—they don’t want to be thrown completely off track.”

Clary stared. “They don’t want Jace’s disappearance to throw them off the track of changing a bunch of stupid old Laws? They’re giving up?”

“They’re not giving up—”

“Alec,” Isabelle said sharply.

Alec took a breath and put his hands up to cover his face. He had long fingers, like Jace’s, scarred like Jace’s were as well. The eye Mark of the Shadowhunters decorated the back of his right hand. “Clary, for you—for us—this has always been about searching for Jace. For the Clave it’s about searching for Sebastian. Jace as well, but primarily Sebastian. He’s the danger. He destroyed the wards of Alicante. He’s a mass murderer. Jace is...”

“Just another Shadowhunter,” said Isabelle. “We die and go missing all the time.”

“He gets a little extra for being a hero of the Mortal War,” said Alec. “But in the end the Clave was clear: The search will be kept up, but right now it’s a waiting game. They expect Sebastian to make the next move. In the meantime it’s third priority for the Clave. If that. They expect us to go back to normal life.”

Normal life? Clary couldn’t believe it. A normal life without Jace?

“That’s what they told us after Max died,” said Izzy, her black eyes tearless but burning with anger. “That we’d get over our grief faster if we just went back to normal life.”

“It’s supposed to be good advice,” said Alec from behind his fingers.

“Tell that to Dad. Did he even come back from Idris for the meeting?”

Alec shook his head, dropping his hands. “No. If it’s any consolation, there were a lot of people at the meeting speaking out angrily on behalf of keeping the search for Jace up at full strength. Magnus, obviously, Luke, Consul Penhallow, even Brother Zachariah. But at the end of the day it wasn’t enough.”

Clary looked at him steadily. “Alec,” she said. “Don’t you feel anything?”

Alec’s eyes widened, their blue darkening, and for a moment Clary remembered the boy who had hated her when she’d first arrived at the Institute, the boy with bitten nails and holes in his sweaters and a chip on his shoulder that had seemed immovable. “I know you’re upset, Clary,” he said, his voice sharp, “but if you’re suggesting that Iz and I care less about Jace than you do—”

“I’m not,” Clary said. “I’m talking about your parabatai connection. I was reading about the ceremony in the Codex. I know being parabatai ties the two of you together. You can sense things about Jace. Things that will help you when you’re fighting. So I guess I mean... can you sense if he’s still alive?”

“Clary.” Isabelle sounded worried. “I thought you didn’t...”

“He’s alive,” Alec said cautiously. “You think I’d be this functional if he weren’t alive? There’s definitely something fundamentally wrong. I can feel that much. But he’s still breathing.”

“Could the ‘wrong’ thing be that he’s being held prisoner?” said Clary in a small voice.

Alec looked toward the windows, the sheeting gray rain. “Maybe. I can’t explain it. I’ve never felt anything like it before.”

“But he’s alive.”

Alec looked at her directly then. “I’m sure of it.”

“Then screw the Council. We’ll find him ourselves,” Clary said.

“Clary... if that were possible... don’t you think we already would have—,” Alec began.

“We were doing what the Clave wanted us to do before,” said Isabelle. “Patrols, searches. There are other ways.”

“Ways that break the Law, you mean,” said Alec. He sounded hesitant. Clary hoped he wasn’t going to repeat the Shadowhunters’ motto when it came to the Law: Sed lex, dura lex. “The Law is harsh, but it is the Law.” She didn’t think she could take it.

“The Seelie Queen offered me a favor,” Clary said. “At the fireworks party in Idris.” The memory of that night, how happy she’d been, made her heart contract for a moment, and she had to stop and regain her breath. “And a way to contact her.”

“The Queen of the Fair Folk gives nothing for free.”

“I know that. I’ll take whatever debt it is on my shoulders.” Clary remembered the words of the faerie girl who had handed her the bell. You would do anything to save him, whatever it cost you, whatever you might owe to Hell or Heaven, would you not? “I just want one of you to come with me. I’m not good with translating faerie-speak. At least if you’re with me you can limit whatever the damage is. But if there’s anything she can do—”

“I’ll go with you,” Isabelle said immediately.

Alec looked at his sister darkly. “We already talked to the Fair Folk. The Council questioned them extensively. And they can’t lie.”

“The Council asked them if they knew where Jace and Sebastian were,” Clary said. “Not if they’d be willing to look for them. The Seelie Queen knew about my father, knew about the angel he summoned and trapped, knew the truth about my blood and Jace’s. I think there’s not much that happens in this world that she doesn’t know about.”

“It’s true,” said Isabelle, a little animation entering into her voice. “You know you have to ask faeries the exact right things to get useful information out of them, Alec. They’re very hard to question, even if they do have to tell the truth. A favor, though, is different.”

“And its potential for danger is literally unlimited,” said Alec. “If Jace knew I let Clary go to the Seelie Queen, he’d—”

“I don’t care,” Clary said. “He’d do it for me. Tell me he wouldn’t. If I were missing—”

“He’d burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know,” Alec said, sounding exhausted. “Hell, you think I don’t want to burn down the world right now? I’m just trying to be...”

“An older brother,” said Isabelle. “I get it.”

Alec looked as if he were fighting for control. “If something happened to you, Isabelle—after Max, and Jace—”

Izzy got to her feet, went across the room, and put her arms around Alec. Their dark hair, precisely the same color, mixed together as Isabelle whispered something into her brother’s ear; Clary watched them with not a little envy. She had always wanted a brother. And she had one now. Sebastian. It was like always wanting a puppy for a pet and being handed a hellhound instead. She watched as Alec tugged his sister’s hair affectionately, nodded, and released her. “We should all go,” he said. “But I have to tell Magnus, at least, what we’re doing. It wouldn’t be fair not to.”

“Do you want to use my phone?” Isabelle asked, offering the battered pink object to him.

Alec shook his head. “He’s waiting downstairs with the others. You’ll have to give Luke some kind of excuse too, Clary. I’m sure he’s expecting you to go home with him. And he says your mother’s been pretty sick about this whole thing.”

“She blames herself for Sebastian’s existence.” Clary got to her feet. “Even though she thought he was dead all those years.”

“It’s not her fault.” Isabelle pulled her golden whip down from where it hung on the wall and wrapped it around her wrist so that it looked like a ladder of shining bracelets. “No one blames her.”

“That never matters,” said Alec. “Not when you blame yourself.”

In silence, the three of them made their way through the corridors of the Institute, oddly crowded now with other Shadowhunters, some of whom were part of the special commissions that had been sent out from Idris to deal with the situation. None of them really looked at Isabelle, Alec, or Clary with much curiosity. Initially Clary had felt so much as if she were being stared at—and had heard the whispered words “Valentine’s daughter” so many times—that she’d started to dread coming to the Institute, but she’d stood up in front of the Council enough times now that the novelty had worn off.

They took the elevator downstairs; the nave of the Institute was brightly lit with witchlight as well as the usual tapers and was filled with Council members and their families. Luke and Magnus were sitting in a pew, talking to each other; beside Luke was a tall, blue-eyed woman who looked just like him. She had curled her hair and dyed the gray brown, but Clary still recognized her—Luke’s sister, Amatis.

Magnus got up at the sight of Alec and came over to talk to him; Izzy appeared to recognize someone else across the pews and darted away in her usual manner, without pausing to say where she was going. Clary went to greet Luke and Amatis; both of them looked tired, and Amatis was patting Luke’s shoulder sympathetically. Luke rose to his feet and hugged Clary when he saw her. Amatis congratulated Clary on being cleared by the Council, and she nodded; she felt only half-there, most of her numb and the rest of her responding on autopilot.

She could see Magnus and Alec out of the corner of her eye. They were talking, Alec leaning in close to Magnus, the way couples often seemed to curve into each other when they spoke, in their own contained universe. She was happy to see them happy, but it hurt, too. She wondered if she would ever have that again, or ever even want it again. She remembered Jace’s voice: I don’t even want to want anyone but you.

“Earth to Clary,” said Luke. “Do you want to head home? Your mother is dying to see you, and she’d love to catch up with Amatis before she goes back to Idris tomorrow. I thought we could have dinner. You pick the restaurant.” He was trying to hide the concern in his voice, but Clary could hear it. She hadn’t been eating much lately, and her clothes had started to hang more loosely on her frame.

“I don’t really feel like celebrating,” she said. “Not with the Council de-prioritizing the search for Jace.”

“Clary, it doesn’t mean they’re going to stop,” said Luke.

“I know. It’s just—It’s like when they say a search and rescue mission is now a search for bodies. That’s what it sounds like.” She swallowed. “Anyway, I was thinking of going to Taki’s for dinner with Isabelle and Alec,” she said. “Just... to do something normal.”

Amatis squinted toward the door. “It’s raining pretty hard out there.”

Clary felt her lips stretch into a smile. She wondered if it looked as false as it felt. “I won’t melt.”

Luke folded some money into her hand, clearly relieved she was doing something as normal as going out with friends. “Just promise to eat something.”

“Okay.” Through the twinge of guilt, she managed a real half smile in his direction before she turned away.

Magnus and Alec were no longer where they had been a moment ago. Glancing around, Clary saw Izzy’s familiar long black hair through the crowd. She was standing by the Institute’s large double doors, talking to someone Clary couldn’t see. Clary headed toward Isabelle; as she drew closer, she recognized one of the group, with a slight shock of surprise, as Aline Penhallow. Her glossy black hair had been cut stylishly just above her shoulders. Standing next to Aline was a slim girl with pale white-gold hair that curled in ringlets; it was drawn back from her face, showing that the tips of her ears were slightly pointed. She wore Council robes, and as Clary came closer she saw that the girl’s eyes were a brilliant and unusual blue-green, a color that made Clary’s fingers yearn for her Prismacolor pencils for the first time in two weeks.

“It must be weird, with your mother being the new Consul,” Isabelle was saying to Aline as Clary joined them. “Not that Jia isn’t much better than—Hey, Clary. Aline, you remember Clary.”

The two girls exchanged nods. Clary had once walked in on Aline kissing Jace. It had been awful at the time, but the memory held no sting now. She’d be relieved to walk in on Jace kissing someone else at this point. At least it would mean he was alive.

“And this is Aline’s girlfriend, Helen Blackthorn.” Isabelle said with heavy emphasis. Clary shot her a glare. Did Isabelle think she was an idiot? Besides, she remembered Aline telling her that she’d kissed Jace only as an experiment to see if any guy were her type. Apparently the answer had been no. “Helen’s family runs the Los Angeles Institute. Helen, this is Clary Fray.”

“Valentine’s daughter,” Helen said. She looked surprised and a little impressed.

Clary winced. “I try not to think about that too much.”

“Sorry. I can see why you wouldn’t.” Helen flushed. Her skin was very pale, with a slight sheen to it, like a pearl. “I voted for the Council to keep prioritizing the search for Jace, by the way. I’m sorry we were overruled.”

“Thanks.” Not wanting to talk about it, Clary turned to Aline. “Congratulations on your mother being made Consul. That must be pretty exciting.”

Aline shrugged. “She’s busy a lot more now.” She turned to Isabelle. “Did you know your dad put his name in for the Inquisitor position?”

Clary felt Isabelle freeze beside her. “No. No, I didn’t know that.”

“I was surprised,” Aline added. “I thought he was pretty committed to running the Institute here—” She broke off, looking past Clary. “Helen, I think your brother is trying to make the world’s biggest puddle of melted wax over there. You might want to stop him.”

Helen blew out an exasperated breath, muttered something about twelve-year-old boys, and vanished into the crowd just as Alec pushed his way forward. He greeted Aline with a hug—Clary forgot, sometimes, that the Penhallows and the Lightwoods had known each other for years—and looked at Helen in the crowd. “Is that your girlfriend?”

Aline nodded. “Helen Blackthorn.”

“I heard there’s some faerie blood in that family,” said Alec.

Ah, Clary thought. That explained the pointed ears. Nephilim blood was dominant, and the child of a faerie and a Shadowhunter would be a Shadowhunter as well, but sometimes the faerie blood could express itself in odd ways, even generations down the line.

“A little,” said Aline. “Look, I wanted to thank you, Alec.”

Alec looked bewildered. “What for?’

“What you did in the Hall of Accords,” Aline said. “Kissing Magnus like that. It gave me the push I needed to tell my parents... to come out to them. And if I hadn’t done that, I don’t think, when I met Helen, I would have had the nerve to say anything.”

“Oh.” Alec looked startled, as if he’d never considered what impact his actions might have had on anyone outside his immediate family. “And your parents—were they good about it?”

Aline rolled her eyes. “They’re sort of ignoring it, like it might go away if they don’t talk about it.” Clary remembered what Isabelle had said about the Clave’s attitude toward its gay members. If it happens, you don’t talk about it. “But it could be worse.”

“It could definitely be worse,” said Alec, and there was a grim edge to his voice that made Clary look at him sharply.

Aline’s face melted into a look of sympathy. “I’m sorry,” she said. “If your parents aren’t—”

“They’re fine with it,” Isabelle said, a little too sharply.

“Well, either way. I shouldn’t have said anything right now. Not with Jace missing. You must all be so worried.” She took a deep breath. “I know people have probably said all sorts of stupid things to you about him. The way they do when they don’t really know what to say. I just—I wanted to tell you something.” She ducked away from a passer-by with impatience and moved closer to the Lightwoods and Clary, lowering her voice. “Alec, Izzy—I remember once when you guys came to see us in Idris. I was thirteen and Jace was—I think he was twelve. He wanted to see Brocelind Forest, so we borrowed some horses and rode there one day. Of course, we got lost. Brocelind’s impenetrable. It got darker and the woods got thicker and I was terrified. I thought we’d die there. But Jace was never scared. He was never anything but sure we’d find our way out. It took hours, but he did it. He got us out of there. I was so grateful but he just looked at me like I was crazy. Like of course he’d get us out. Failing wasn’t an option. I’m just saying—he’ll find his way back to you. I know it.”

Clary had rarely ever seen Izzy cry, and she was clearly trying not to now. Her eyes were suspiciously wide and shining. Alec was looking at his shoes. Clary felt a wellspring of misery wanting to leap up inside her but forced it down; she couldn’t think about Jace when he was twelve, couldn’t think about him lost in the darkness, or she’d think about him now, lost somewhere, trapped somewhere, needing her help, expecting her to come, and she’d break. “Aline,” she said, seeing that neither Isabelle nor Alec could speak. “Thank you.”

Aline flashed a shy smile. “I mean it.”

“Aline!” It was Helen, her hand firmly clamped around the wrist of a younger boy whose hands were covered with blue wax. He must have been playing with the tapers in the huge candelabras that decorated the sides of the nave. He looked about twelve, with an impish grin and the same shocking blue-green eyes as his sister, though his hair was dark brown. “We’re back. We should probably go before Jules destroys the whole place. Not to mention that I have no idea where Ty and Livvy have gone.”

“They were eating wax,” the boy—Jules—supplied helpfully.

“Oh, God,” Helen groaned, and then looked apologetic. “Never mind me. I’ve got six younger brothers and sisters. It’s always a zoo.”

Jules looked from Alec to Isabelle and then at Clary. “How many brothers and sisters have you got?” he asked.

Helen paled. Isabelle said, in a remarkably steady voice, “There are three of us.”

Jules’s eyes stayed on Clary. “You don’t look alike.”

“I’m not related to them,” Clary said. “I don’t have any brothers or sisters.”

“None?” Disbelief registered in the boy’s tone, as if she’d told him she had webbed feet. “Is that why you look so sad?”

Clary thought of Sebastian, with his ice-white hair and black eyes. If only, she thought. If only I didn’t have a brother, none of this would have happened. A little throb of hatred went through her, warming her icy blood. “Yes,” she said softly. “That’s why I’m sad.”

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City of Lost Souls
By Cassandra Clare

About This Book

Jace is gone. The Clave is worried about Sebastian: how he came back to life, where he went, and what he’ll do next. They are concerned about who is to blame for what happened, and how they can best protect the Shadowhunters and the rest of the world. But Clary is concerned about only one thing—Jace is gone. He is gone and she has to find him, for he is her life. It was her request of the angel Raziel that allowed Lilith to take control of Jace in the first place, so it’s up to her to find him and make him safe once again. When Jace shows up at Luke’s house with Sebastian, Clary is left with only one choice—to follow him. Sebastian and Jace are inextricably linked, and one cannot be killed without the other one dying. So Clary will pretend to join Jace and Sebastian in their dark plan while her friends search desperately for some way to sever the bond between the two boys. As she does her best to find out their plan, she has to keep reminding herself that the Jace she’s seeing now isn’t the same Jace she fell in love with. And everyone—Clary, Simon, Alec—has some hard lessons to learn about love and trust and commitment before this whole ordeal is over.

Discussion Questions

1. Why does the Clave deprioritize the search for Jace and Sebastian? Do you think that this is a fair decision? Do you think they would have made a different decision if they knew what Sebastian was planning?

2. The Shadowhunter motto is Descensus Averno facilis est or “The descent into hell is easy.” Why is this an appropriate motto for this group? Does it apply more to some characters than to others?

3. Would it have been better if Jocelyn had killed Sebastian in his crib, as Clary thinks in a flash of anger? How would this have changed Jocelyn as a person? Do you think Valentine would have stopped his experiments if Sebastian had been killed as an infant?

4. With Jace gone, Clary mentions feeling cold all the time . . . like there is ice in her veins and a layer of ice around her emotions. Why do you think that she associates cold with his absence? What does this icy feeling protect her from? What harm does it do her?

5. Now that Cassandra Clare is writing another series of Shadowhunter books, The Infernal Devices, she is able to reference other characters and items from the past Shadowhunter’s. Discuss some of these references, both in this book and in the City of Fallen Angels. What is the importance of these references? How do you think Clare might connect these two series?

6. The Seelie Queen warns Clary and her friends that Jace may be quite changed when they finally find him. Is she correct? How are his interactions with Sebastian different now than they were before he disappeared off the roof? What about his interactions with Clary? How does Clary react to these changes in Jace?

7. Why does Jocelyn make Clary leave Luke’s house after Jace and Sebastian attack it? Is she right about Morgenstern men not giving up? Do you think this is a trait that Jace got from Valentine, or does it have more to do with his personality and his relationship to Clary?

8. How is the “twinning” ritual that Lilith performed on Sebastian and Jace different from the parabatai ceremony? In what ways is it similar? Why does it make the task set before Clary and her friends more difficult?

9. Raphael believes a war is coming that will destroy Shadowhunter and angel alike, and he cautions, “And you had better pray, Daylighter, that you do not lose that Mark before the war comes. For if you do, there will be a line of enemies waiting their turn to kill you. And I will be at the head of it.” Is there anything besides the Mark of Cain that can protect Simon? Now that he no longer has the Mark, do you think Raphael will be proven right? Could Simon have avoided this situation by forming alliances with other vampires?

10. Do you agree with Clary when she asserts that there is no such thing as morality when it comes to love, and that you can do anything for the people you love? Or would you align yourself with Simon, who believes that while love is not moral or immoral, the actions we take in the name of love are? Do their actions match up with their beliefs? Do they stay true to their positions throughout the course of the story?

11. What do we learn about Izzy in this book? Is Jocelyn correct when she says that Izzy won’t be able to help but shine during dark and difficult times? Does Izzy deserve her reputation of making her few speeches count?

12. When she is trying to break through the hold that Sebastian has on Jace, Clary is reminded of some lines from a Leonard Cohen song: “There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.” Is there a way for the light to get into Jace? Should Clary keep trying?

13. Why does Simon feel like he can’t feed from Izzy? Why does she want him to? How does their relationship change once he does?

14. What is the significance of the Rudyard Kipling poem that Jordan has tacked up on his bedroom wall? Does it mean something different to him now than it used to?

15. Why does Maia ask Luke’s advice on some matters, even though she and Jordan had already discussed them? Are Clary, Izzy, Alec, Simon, and the rest of their group old enough to handle the situations that they are faced with? Does their experience give them any extra maturity or wisdom?

16. Why did Sebastian lie about the meaning of the Latin phrase, “Acheronta movebo,” on his bracelet? Why is this phrase so important to him? Did Clary understand the importance of this lie?

17. Why does Clary prevent Jace from turning himself and the new Mortal Cup into the Clave? Why does she come to regret this decision? How is making this decision different than making the decision to kill Jace on the battlefield?

18. What effect does stabbing Jace with Glorious have on him? Is this what Simon and the others expected when they raised the angel Raziel to ask for a weapon? Why do you think Jace is suffering these particular side effects?

19. How dangerous is Maureen? Why does she appear to be so powerful? What do you think she wants?


1. Shadowhunters use a lot of Latin phrases—their motto, engravings in the Silent City, the phrase on Sebastian’s bracelet. Make a list of common Latin phrases that we mundanes use regularly. Perhaps you can find a basic Latin primer, or someone who knows Latin, and you can learn something about this beautiful ancient language.

2. Imagine how these books would have been different if Sebastian had been killed as a baby. Write a scene that illustrates some of the changes you think would exist.

3. Clary visits a number of foreign cities while living in the apartment with Sebastian and Jace. Choose one of the cities that they visit, and research its history. See if you can find some photos of the things that Clary sees while she’s in that city.

4. The Shadowhunters have healing iratze runes, but we have to rely on medical training. Consider becoming certified in First Aid or CPR, so that you can help other people heal, even without a stele.

5. Clary steals two faerie-work rings from the Institute, which allow her to communicate with Simon. Draw a picture of what you think these faerie-work rings might look like.

6. When Magnus and the others summon the demon Azazel, they each have to give up a memory as payment for his help. What memory would you give up, if you had to? What memories would you never give up? Write a short essay describing these different memories.

Guide written by Cory Grimminck, Director of the Portland District Library in Michigan.

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Ginger-Read-Reviews More than 1 year ago
First off, let us get this out of the way... City of Lost Souls is not as good as City of Bones, City of Ashes or City of Glass. Sorry. City of Lost Souls is better than City of Fallen Angels. You're welcome. The story picks up right where Fallen Angels left off. You remember? That horrific cliff hanger that the wonderful Ms. Clare made us all so angry with. Jace and Sebastian have vanished. Clary and the Scooby pals are distraught and the Clave has launched a search, though more for Sebastian than for Jace. The tale skips around from person to person quite often. You know what is happening with Clary, Simon, Izzy, Alec and Magnus, and even Maia and Jordan get good coverage. It became less and less the story of Clary & Jace the star-crossed lovers. It became everyone's story. Jace actually gets less play in this installment than any other. So, if you are a Jace fan (like me), you may be disappointed. I wasn't. Jace was obnoxious. I like him broody and egotistical. Not brain dead and carefree. Which is the effect Sebastian has on him. I was all right with the lack of Jace. On the other hand, if you are a Simon fan, you may get great satisfaction here. Simon was less whiny, in my opinion. Still just as hilarious as always. He is finding out where he belongs and with who (wink, wink), who cares for him, where his relationships lie and what his place in the Shadowhunter world is. Maybe he isn't the outsider he thought he was, only linked by his long friendship with Clary. I know there are many, many Magnus fans out there so he earns a mention, right? Magnus, as always, delivers. There seems to be no end to the sacrifices he is willing to make for this band of misfit demon killers. Especially where Alec is concerned. Or is there a limit? You'll have to read the book to find out what the heck I am talking about! There are so many love stories taking place simultaneously here, romance fans will be drooling over it. But, for me, that was the downfall. So much lovey lovey, not enough fight fight. I expected a big epic battle to save Jace's soul. There was a battle. It wasn't very epic. There was a moment that reminded me of the most memorable Buffy/Angel moment. I apologize to those who won't get the reference. But we will have to wait for City of Heavenly Fire for this epic battle. Since it is earmarked for release in spring of's going to be a long wait. All in all it's a good read for TMI fans. It actually renewed my love for the series and I think I will be revisiting each book before the release of the final installment.
enticed More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book! Bought it yesterday, finished it in a couple of hours later. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
honestlyleila More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this series and i truly thought that it was over after the city of glass but then cassandra clare came back with a whole new set of bad guys and plot twists and yet more reasons for clary and jace not to be together happily. This series is one of my top picks and this book will be in my bag the day it comes out!!!!!
JennRenaeMcCoy More than 1 year ago
In City of Lost Souls, there'll be hell to pay The Shadowhunters' world is in disarray. The reality is blurred between friends and foes, And in this game of anything goes. For Jace is lost and his will is on loan And if Clary's not careful, all will be blown. Will their love be strong enough to withstand The pain and destruction from Sebastian's hand? And then there is Simon, with the Mark of Cain, Will he be Heaven or Hell's, and can he be slain? And Isabelle Lightwood who stole Simon's heart, Will losing Max and then Jace tear her apart? And what about Alec who loves Magnus Bane, Is immortality possible for him to obtain? Or will he grow old and thus wither away, Perhaps he should bargain with the Queen of the Fae. To burn down the world is Sebastian's goal, But even more, he wants his sister's soul. To make her love him is his greatest need Through blood and death, will he succeed? Through broken hearts and minds and dangers untold, For fighting heaven and hell, they will pay tenfold. At the end of day, they must all stand and fight, Or else they fall victim to Sebastian's dark might. This is the BEST book in the Mortal Instruments series!!! I read it in one day, and then I went back and read and re-read my favorite parts--there were quite a few! I'm actually tempted to stop writing right now and go re-read them again!!! You know how there are certain moments that change your life? Well, reading City of Lost Souls was one of those ( much more than a moment, but still) moments! I was swept away into Cassie's world--if only I could live there permanently. most people who are going to read this book already love Cassie Clare and TMI, so I'm just going to go with a few reasons why you should read this RIGHT AWAY! (We'll do a countdown) 5. I love when the Fae interfere--I mean, they are just so cunningly evil! Anytime the Queen is around, you know you are in for something dark and twisty! 4. We get to see into Magnus's world! His world is quirky and fun, but with an air of mystery and danger. It divides the line between good and evil, and it's nice to ride that line with the warlock. Magnus has been in so many of Cassie's books, but I really love seeing him get personal in this one! 3. I love the world that Sebastian, Jace, and Clary get swept away in. I won't say much because it would be too spoilery, but there was so much grey there that I didn't know who to trust--and I didn't care! I just wanted more! 2. Sebastian is the absolute best villain ever! I mean--bold statement coming--I think I like him better than Voldemort! (Please don't strike me with a lightning bolt...) He's charming and sexy and manipulative, but I just can't help but have a weird crush on him! There is nothing better than a hot villain! 1. Jace--of course! Even though he's not the Jace we all remember, he is still to die for! He's just as sexy, just as scandalous--even more so because Sebastian's pulling the strings, and just as kick butt! I date you not to completely fall in love with him! So...if my wonderful poem didn't convince you and my wonderful countdown did not convince you, then I have to conclude that you are just crazy! May Jace's stele strike you down!
young-at-heartJS More than 1 year ago
Cassandra Clare does an awesome job keeping you guessing what will happen next...This is no exception..Will definitely keep on my best buy list for 2012.
Abby28 More than 1 year ago
Literally 2 pages into City of Bones was when I got obsessed. My favorite series for sure!!! I'm so excited but so sad that we have to wait another 7 months. I love how she writes; it's like you really love the romance parts (this is coming from a girl to a girl), and then in between you are forced to read the adventure and mystery and thrilling parts. ITS SO ADDICTING!! I absolutely loved it and read the first four in about 5 days. I suggested it to my cousin and he liked it a lot too. This book is really for any girl or guy looking for an exciting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is, by far, the BEST SERIES everrr !!!! IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITIEDDDD FOR IT TO COME OUTTTT !! cant wait to read more about jace
Nishes More than 1 year ago
I really love this series, I'm so excited to see that there's a 5th book on the way, it kills me that I have to wait until May to read it. I found the first book at my local library by random chance and I was hooked, from riding around to all the libraries in my area to get the next copy to waiting on lists for my chance to read it. I've bought em all now and I'd recommend it as a great read to anyone.
Miss_Reckless More than 1 year ago
Well done, Ms. Clare. I admit that I was not expecting it to be as good as it was because I was highly disappointed with City of Fallen Angels. The first three books were an exceptional trilogy and after the fourth book, I felt that she should have ended it there. After reading City of the Lost Souls, I changed my mind. I am so deeply attached to this series because of the complexity and likableness of all of the characters. There was a variety of point of views including Maia, Isabelle, Simon, Clary, Jace, Sebastian, Alec and Magnus...I was very impressed with the plot. I am also a huge Jace Lightwood fan so for you Jace fans out will be pleased that he is in the book more. There is also plenty of Magnus and Alec (WHO I LOVE) and some other couples that I will let you figure out for yourself.... There are terrifying scenes, hilarious scenes, beautiful fluffy scenes and heart-wrenching scenes. Although it is not as good as her first three books and almost acts as a filler for the last book that I am highly anticipating. A war is coming....which side are you on? ;) The novel is long and enthralling....a must read for Mortal Instruments fans. I cannot wait for the climatic ending in the last book!!!!!!!!! (Rating: 3.5 stars)
7hir7een More than 1 year ago
City of Lost Souls picks up directly where City of Fallen Angels left off, with Jace on the rooftop and the ensuing plot thickening. For those of you who don’t know, The Mortal Instruments series was originally intended to be a trilogy. Cassandra Clare decided to extend the series to six novels, so the last three book are a sort of quasi-second-trilogy. I bring up these possibly confusing and seemingly pointless facts because I was somewhat concerned City of Lost Souls would suffer from middle-book-itis, wherein the plot and character development serve only to drive the overreaching arcs forward and set us up for the final run. I am pleased to say that I did not get that feeling from this book. Although it does serve its purpose to set the story up for the finale, the novel does so much more. We see new sides of characters we’ve either never seen or only caught glimpses of before. Sebastian, although he is clearly supposed to be the bad guy, is so much more interesting than just a stock villain figure. The changes in Jace are intriguing and cause quite a quandry for Clary. Clare also plays with the characters and their relationships. And I don’t mean just Clary and Jace. While this book is about them, it is just as much about the secondary characters. I particularly enjoyed the developments between Isabella and Simon, Jordan and Maia, and of course, Alec and Magnus. City of Lost Souls dredges up lots of character development through dealing with tough issues. Isabella must come to terms with being vulnerable if she wishes to experience love, Alec must come to terms with his mortality and Magnus’s lack of same, and Clary must repeatedly decide between her principles and the love of her life (though not just in the way that first comes to mind). Self-discovery through trial-and-error, angst and sundry tribulations is something that young adult fiction is exceedingly good at and well known for. City of Lost Souls is a great and enjoyable example. There are so many feelings in this book, and I love it. If you’ve enjoyed the previous Mortal Instruments novels and/or The Infernal Devices, I would not hesitate to pick up this book. I can’t tell you much about it without giving major plot spoilers, but I can tell you that Clare has written a solid novel here, and I await City of Heavenly Fire with much eagerness to see how it all ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassandra clare is an AMAZING auther!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this series after reading Clockwork Angel of hers and I couldn't wait for Clockwork Prince to be released (can't wait for that either!) So I read this series and after the third book I thought it was over but she came out with the fourth in the series and it was really good, the characters are different almost and still progressing and a few new ones were introduced and new antagonists were introduced so I can't wait to see what will happen with them. Also the last book ended on a cliff hanger so this book better come out soon! :) This series would be for people who are looking for an adventure, kind of action-y book with some romance and humor thrown in. (Read the first four first, though. :) )
HeavenlyFire77 More than 1 year ago
OMG This Book Is Amazing! I just finished reading and let me just say that it is one of the best books I have ever read. The writing is phenomenal, the story is so awesome and the present danger that Clary, Jace and the rest face is very scary. We get to see inside the twisted mind of Jonathan (Sebastian) and the crazy feelings he has for Clary also we get to see his future plans for the shadowhunter race. All in all the book made me cry my eyes out, want to run in the woods and hide, laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe, agonize over the pain the characters felt, and conspire new theories about what happens next in the books. We also uncover new details about the Infernal Devices, ecspecially the fate of a few personal and prized momentos. I love this book and I am pretty sure that you will too! I KNEW JACE HAD WINGS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series combines action, love, and suspense all in one book to thewhole intire series. The series is absolutly amazing i recomend to to all my friends. And they always coming back to me and say man you were right this series is amazing!!!! I am so addicted now. So if you want a romance novel filled with action and suspence this is your book!
kristinja73 More than 1 year ago
Yes, I finally finished City of Lost Souls! And, lives up to every other novel I've read by Cassandra Clare. She is such an amazing author with an awe-inspiring ability to pull readers into the story where they fight, love, and suffer along with the characters. Her talent to write complex and lovable (even when they shouldn't be) characters continues to astound me. And world building...well, no one does it better in YA literature. I'm also relieved to say, I didn't feel the need to throw the book across the room when I finished reading it like I did Clockwork Prince. Thank goodness. I might have actually stopped reading Cassie's books if she'd tortured me again. Okay, that's a lie. I would have to finish reading her books because, ultimately, I'm nosy and also, I hold out hope that things will end my way. LOL. So, without giving too much away, let's do a short summary of City of Lost Souls. Of course, if you read City of Fallen Angels, you know that Sebastian is holding Jace captive and he's plotting something huge. I mean, when isn't Sebastian plotting to take over the world or something just as equally appalling? I have to say, there were points during this story when I wanted to root for Sebastian. I wanted him to do the right thing. I'm a dreamer at heart and I do love to root for the underdog. Sebastian is an excellent chameleon, camouflaging his true intentions until precisely the right moment. I believe he loves his sister, in the only way he knows how. AND...yes, I still believe this after finishing the novel. Jace is, well...Jace. His connection with Sebastian transforms him into a different person during his journey between worlds. He appears carefree and happy while under Sebastian's influence and occasionally I enjoyed seeing him in this light. I think there were times Clary enjoyed this side also, even though she knew he wasn't the real Jace. Now, while the possessed Jace was fun, nothing compares to the brooding, snarky, and sexy Jace. Nothing. You get to see everyone work together in the fifth installment of The Mortal Instruments. Magnus, Alec, Izzie, Simon, Jordan, and Mia. They all come together in an effort to save Jace and, ultimately, Clary. Magnus still remains as one of my all time favorite literary heroes and not just because he's quirky and magical. He literally does everything for the person he loves, including summoning demons and angels to save someone he doesn't even necessarily like or dislike. Magnus helps Simon, Izzie, Clary, and Jace because they are important to Alec...not for any other reason. That's true love, people. While chatting with one of my besties over at Starbooks, we discussed Alec's actions in City of Lost Souls. He does some things that are questionable at best, if not downright childish. He's so young in comparison to Magnus and you begin to see where this will be the downfall of their relationship if Alec does not mature greatly. I'm still holding out hope here too. And, Izzie and Simon? Well, let's just it already! Seriously! City of Lost Souls is another of Cassie's famously captivating and emotional roller-coaster ride of a book. Readers should be warned, Cassie pulls no punches with her writing and once your hooked, there's no returning. Ever! I love that I don't always see through her storylines like I do with so many other authors. I might think something's not quite right, but I can never pin-point exactly what's off and then when everyth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this series from chapter 1 and can NOT wait fot the next one....thies series will keep you at the edge and begging for MORE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a hard core fan of the mortal instruments infernal devices series! Anyone who like harry potter, hunger games, and similar sekections should read. I cannot wait for the cover and book nd then the movies! Jamie campbel-bower will be jace if you had not heard.
Alyssa_Dolence1 More than 1 year ago
 Once again Cassandra Clare continues the Award winning series, The Mortal Instruments, with another beautiful installment.  City of Lost Souls not only meets your expectations, but blows your mind and keeps you glued to the pages while doing so.  With City of Class ending how it did, I was ready for heartbreak and plot twists. I wasn't disappointed.  City of Lost Souls picks back up with the verdict of the committee trying to find Jace, we're in Clary's point of view. When Jace is thought untraceable, Magnus pulls through - like usual - and the plot increases from there. I'm an avid reader and a Mortal Instruments enthusiast, but this book would be entertaining for even those who despise reading.  Cassandra Clare really knows how to twist your emotions and leaves you clinging on to the book at the end begging for finality -- in a good way.  I've read City of Lost Souls approximately 10 times cover to cover and every time I read it I find something else I love about it. Buy the book. Buy the series. Seriously, it'll be one of the best decisions you'll ever make.
Ashliecat More than 1 year ago
The first three books of The Mortal Instruments are amazing; however, this book was significantly disappointing to me as the plot became very predictable to me and the character's love lives became way too annoying. Once again, Clary almost dies to save Jace, and once again, she barely succeeds by giving her last ounce of energy towards the "Save Jace" cause. Really, I would not pay $50 for this book at all, but would pay $12, just to finish reading the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
---- This is a spoiler alert ---- Omg , i have been waiting for this book to come out for long time and it was worth the wait ! I could not put this book own , it was so good. In the beginning of the book, Clary and everyone finds out that Sebastian has took Jace with him to pursue his evil plans. And everyone was thinking that he was dead but Clary couldmt believe it so she went to the library at the institute , and she had to steal some rings for the queen to help her find Jace. Everyone at the institute is gone. I think they were at a party or something. Low and behold , when shes trying to get the rings. She finds Sebastian and Jace below her. She looks at Jace and immediatley knows something is up because Jace was acting like Sebastians best friend. So he hears her bro Sebastian say that this institute is going to be theirs and all this crap. So they left , Clary got the rings Nyway. She tells isabelle amd everyome of what she saw and their beginning to think that sebastian is controlling Jace. So then clary was at lukes house and in the morning when she wakes up , jace is next to her and they kissed and stuff and he was asking her to come wid him and sebastian saying that sebastian is good. So mow Clary really knows something is up and shes like im goinng to kill him. Jace was like sying if he bleeds , i bleed. So sebastian was in the house too and Jocelyn cuut sebastian. Clary looked at jace and he was bleeding too on the same spot. So now shes like telling her mom that he needs to stop bcause shes going to kill jace as well. Then , i think sebastian hurt luke real bad that his pack had to heal him. Clary tells Simon that she has a plan to escape magnus`s house and go find jace. They agree. And she givss him a ring that he czn contact wid her. Jace finds her and she goes wid him. Then sebastian acts like the good guy saying he wants to save the shadowhunters. And clary believes him a little. Then jace gets back to himself for a while necause the rune wore off. And he tells her that he rather die then carry on wat hes doing Nd he tells her that sebastian is going to make another mortal cup and make evil shdowhunters and conquer the world. Then they get all gooey wid eachother D he goes back to his normal self. Simon , had to summom an angel to get a special sword to reattach Jace from Sebstian without jace getting hurt. Later things get freaky. Sebastian gets all coo coo wid her saying he likes her when hes her bro ! They get in this huge bloody fight. And in the end they got jace back but he still has something from the sword in him tht will burn someome. Amd sebastian is not dead. Maia and jordan are together ! Jordan admitted his feelings and they ended up being all gooey wit eachother :) im so haply for them. And oh , luke got better too. Overall, this book deserves 5 stars because it kept me reading constantly. I love Clary and Jace. :) theirs going to be another book out , i forget whats it called. But i went on cassandra clares site amd its coming out on 2014. O.o WHY !!!! HAHA. Im defimitley reading this book again, no doubt. THIS IS A MUST READ. I love this series. Its my favorite. <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just cant wait until this book comes out. Cassandra Clare is one of the best author of this generation. Please May come fast we need to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why can't it be released sooner?! D: Only a month until Clockwork Prince, though! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just adore this book and the entire series! I thank Cassandra Clare for spending her time writing her books for her fans! I can not wait to finally read the concluding book City of Heavenly Fire! Let the Jace and Clary relationship live on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i can rate this book any higher would. This is by far one of the best series have ever read. I love Magnus Bane! LOVE how he doesnt care what others think amd he's a fun guy! I love clary and jaces romance. Omg its a crazy one! Maia and jordan are totally ment for each other. Isabelle and Simon ARE TOO CUTE! GEEK AND FIGHTER! AHHHH i litterly was on the verge of tears when Magnus left alec. It was to sad. sebastion os driving me nuts i mean just DIE ALREADY AND STOP MESSING WITH JACE AND CLARY!!! LIKE ITS DRIVING ME NUT OVA HERE! anywho i am soooooooo pumped for City of heavenly fire!! Yay i have to wait a year but i will wait! This is the best romantic adventurous thrilling action packed fantasbook you will ever read in your life. I WOULD LOVE TO BE A WARLOCK :) or a shadowhunter but ya know warlocks r magical! I <3 SHADOWHUNTERS! PUMPED FOR THE MOVIE! AHHHH JACE AND CLARY ARE THE BEST COUPLE EVER CREATED! KOUDOS TO CASSANDRA CLAEE AN HER AWESOME WORK! # AWESOME - FROM the warlock in paris :) Monica Cairstairs (my made up name)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cassandra Clare truly has a gift , ive never known anyone to be such a talented and clever writer . Its amazing how she made all those twist and turns . This author kept me on the edge of my seat and I cant wait to find out more about Clary and Jace ! Absolutely my favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series!