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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  243,909 ratings  ·  13,217 reviews
Jace is now a servant of evil, bound for all eternity to Sebastian. Only a small band of Shadowhunters believe he can be saved. To do this they must defy the Clave. And they must act without Clary. For Clary is playing a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul.

Clary is willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still t
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Walker Books Ltd
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Omshi Well , I am 13 and I read this book last week.
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Naomi Rosario Because raziel would probably take back glorious (the sword he gave them to separate jace and sebastian) if clary re applied the mark to simon and…moreBecause raziel would probably take back glorious (the sword he gave them to separate jace and sebastian) if clary re applied the mark to simon and clary and simon felt like he was dammed and cursed because of it. Hope it helped :)(less)
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I didn't see a point to this book. Clare really should have ended her series at City of Glass. We all know that. Well, all of us who are not fans of Clare. However, since this book was 534 freaking pages, I figured that I should talk about a few things.

So these two are one person. I mean, Clary said that herself. "Oh, Jace. The only way we can trust each other is if we are one." Yada, yada, yada. Oh, and the fact that they want to literally become one person when they cut
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City of Lost Souls took a while to digest. All night I could feel it in my gut like deadweight. All the subplots and characters and relationships and the fact that so much was going on made this book hard to break down.

But, finally, I woke up this morning and it all made sense. So, seeing as the book has been split into separate filing cabinets in my brain, I'm going to replicate that onto this review:

The Good:

I felt that Lost Souls was more compulsively readabl



Gurl, we need to talk. No, you know what. This is not your fault. This is the author's fault. Before I go on I should say MAJOR FUCKING SPOILERS!!!!!

So, I briefly decided posting a full review where I was going to talk about the series as a whole and all the characters that had these little aborted attempts at plot points. But I think it's time to come clean and confess that somewhere between here and the last book everyone else (with the possible exception of Izzy and Simon)bore the
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
*sobs* May!?!? 2012?!? May 2012?!?
*sobs some more* This cannot be! Really! It's like....too long! Too, too long!
I NEEEEEEEEEEED THIS BOOK! How can Cassandra Clare do this to me--ahh, I mean us! I need this book, like yesterday!

I don't know how I'm going to wait this long!

*sobs, wails, bawls some more.....*
Update 12-05-21, finished reading: Wow. Absolutely 'wow'. Spectacular. City of Heavenly Fire, I'm coming for you...

Before reading CoLS (and this applies to CoHF as well)
How. Am. I. Supposed. To. Wait. A. Whole. Year. For. This. One? !!!!!!!!! I want it so badly, right now!

If - and it's not very likely to happen, but IF - the world ends in 2012, and this one has not come out, then I'll be so pissed that even the zombies, or demons, or Mother Nature, whatever, will shit their pants in fear of me.
By The Angel!

Do I actually need to review? Holy Hell! What am I gonna write?

“Kill me, little sister. Kill me and you kill Jace, too.”

Let’s start with the story, as it picks up, where City of fallen Angels left off, the resurrection of Sebastian. As he binds him to Jace, the two became irrecoverably inseparable, what one feels, the other feels the same, the pain, the joy everything. Jace the one Clary loves, and Sebastian the o ne she hates most, and now they are one. The clave wants to summon e
Nov 26, 2012 Saniya marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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FUCK. GOD DAMN AMAZING TRAILER! I can't, I just can't breathe right now. O.O <3
"And I am going to burn down the world."
*Crying* My Man, my man. :'D

Scrolling down as usual on facebook. Lalala, nothing interesting.
*Cover passes*
lalal -Dramatic pause- "WTH? Did I jus-" *Scrolls up!*

"OMG OMG OMG" The cover! xD <3
(LOL! I just love the man in the pic)

Ok. Maybe, just maybe I was expecting Magnus or Alec... but this rocks too! GOD! They look so awesome!
I don't think I can even write a review for this just yet.


PAGE 510-11. KILL. ME.

Lord, help me get through this 2-year wait for Heavenly Fire.


People keep leaving me annoying comments about how if I have nothing nice to say about the new Mortal Instruments books, then I "don't have to read them!" With all due respect, that opinion is wrong; I really do have to read them. No matter how much my loathing for City of Fallen Angels made me disgusted with Clare's decision to write a second trilogy, I have to finish these books. I've invested my time, money, energy and love (yes, love) into them, and that is why I keep reading. B
If you haven't read the letter, here it is:

To my son,

If you are reading this letter, then I am dead.
I expect to die, if not today, then soon. I expect that Valentine will kill me. For all his talk of loving me, for all his desire for a right-hand man, he knows that I have doubts. And he is a man who cannot abide doubt.

I do not know how you will be brought up. I do not know what they will tell you about me. I do not even know who will give you this letter. I entrust it to Amatis, but I cannot se
Shreya (CCReviews)
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Ok guys, the OMG's and updates had to go because the humongous length of this review. You don't have to read it all if you don't want to, lol. ;D

The official blurb:

“The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
SPOILERS GALORE! So, yeah. Watch out.

Oh, I seem to have kind of forgotten to review this. Well, a mixture of that and the fact that I don't really want to review it because I don't have that much to say.

Giving it four stars was pretty generous. It was actually somewhere between 3 and 4 stars for me, but I decided to be nice and go with the higher rating. Don't get me wrong––it was still an enjoyable book. I just feel that at this point, Cassandra Clare is kind of just continuing this series for
Jan 05, 2012 Cait marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Damn. If I can give Clare any kind of credit after, in my own personal opinion, totally destroying the fourth book with Pedward-isms and Clary acting more empty-headed than normal, it's that she can come up with some fine-ass covers especially the piece of fine ass that is Jace.

*looks at it again*


But I swear, on Goodread's good name-omitting any annoying trolls, of course-if this book sucks as majorly as the last one did, I will not, and I repeat, I will not pick up the next one. I al
⇠ ⇢* Sophie
Finally finished this!! I have soooo many reviews to make but I'll try to post them soon, specially this one =-D
4 hallelujah now we're getting somewhere stars

Narrated by: Molly C. Quinn

Jace and Sebastian bound together in an unbreakable curse

will the real Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern please stand up...

and Clary is hell bent on saving Jace any way she can ... even if it means playing happy home with Sebastian.

City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Where we get to see a different side to each character...

While we are heavily invested in Jace and Clary's story, I can't d
I think this book will be as good as the first trilogy. As long as Jace is still included, I will be bliss to read it. Jace is actually the central of attraction to continue reading the Mortal Instruments trilogy. Surely the relationship between Jace and Clary should go on nicely too. Some rough road will be acceptable, but they must not be separated. I will absolutely hate the idea.
Okay, I'llbe the first to admit that I am somewhat skeptical of COFA and frankly felt not that enthused by everything. I still love it (all plot relating to Jordan, Magnus and Simon is what really kept me going).
But then this books happened.

So yeah, I really felt it in this book.

The Plot: Okay, so I know people are complaining about the gutlessness of certain characters before, but now I can assure you that Clary's got some serious badassey now. I mean before she was okay, but then BAM, she's a
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"I was trying to remember all the deadly sins the other day," he said. "Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry..."
"I'm pretty sure irony isn't a deadly sin."
"I'm pretty sure it is."
"Lust," she said. "Lust is a deadly sin."
"And spanking."
"I think that falls under lust."
"I think it should have its own category," said Jace. "Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking."

Thank the angel. Some of the old magic is back. After book 4 fell into that dreaded "bridge" category, I was sli
Rinoa Heartilly
WHAT??? Three motherfcking stars??! is probably how those of you who know of my special relationship with Clare's books are going right now. Hell, I'm more surprised than anyone. But let me explain.

There are two facts that make me appreciate this book 10 times more than all of the other ones in the series combined:

1.) It follows COFA which is the absolute low point of the whole series. Lets be serious folks, it's close to Breaking Dawn bad. Compared to that disaster, COLS was a masterpiece.

2.) S
A very very very weak 2 stars.
If only the Mortal Instruments world had someone like Miracle Max from The Princess Bride, we could have been spared the last two installments in this series. Miracle Max would have seen that Sebastian was only mostly dead and given him a big pill covered in chocolate. Yeah, we would have had to wait a total of fiteen minutes for it to work, but still, boom, Sebastian's back. No fourth book. And yep, we'd need a really BIG pill to bring back queen momma demon from b
Before Reading review:

Am I the Only one who wants Jace to die? I love him, but him and Clary are so anonoying that I just want to pull my hair out. I want him to die so that Clary can a) be less annoying while consumed with grief b) Be relived because Sebastian died with Jace or c) throw herself off the Brooklyn Bridge.

After Reading review:

Just finished CoLS. It was... better than I thought it would be. After the pile of random shit that was CoFA, I expected something way worse. Like horrendous
Sella Malin
Aug 17, 2010 Sella Malin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh, no. Oh, no. Please don't tell me that Cassandra Clare is starting a new MI trilogy. NO! I hate when authors do this, when they finish a series or trilogy and then continue on and add books. NO no no. It ENDED! It had an awesome ending and it ENDED! And now she's going to make a new plot and come up with some new villain or something? No, that's stupid and it's just reusing what she's already done and poop. Okay, don't get me wrong. I'm excited for this, because the MI books are so good. But ...more
Raeleen Lemay
THE COVER IS OUT! IT'S AMAZING! eeeee (rapid breathing) omgomgomgomg I'm fangirling at the moment.

After reading the book:

By the end of this book, Jace is even hotter than he ever was before. Read the book and you'll know exactly what I mean.
That is beyond cruel. Just beyond cruel Clare.

I thought- for once- that you MIGHT JUST be able to give us a happy ending, a RESOLUTION if you will (do you even know the meaning of that word!? DO YOU?!!!!!) but just as I think things are all fine and dandy you GO AHEAD AND (view spoiler)
Rating: 1,5 stars

I feel really bad, because I've absolutely loved this series up until this one, but I just couldn't like CoLS. I think overall, I struggled to finish it for about a year--which probably didn't help making me love it any more, I know. I just reached the point where I couldn't keep starting over anymore, since I got stuck all the time anyway. I've tried the audiobook, physical copy, e-book... nothing helped and I still found myself more bored than not. I'm really glad we have Magn
Ash Reads
First Read: 2013
First Reread: June 1 - 4, 2014
Second Reread: August 11 - 19 [with Lauren]

That took me forever to read........You know how you get so invested in a series and you decide you need to power through them all at once? yeah.....I lost momentum near the beginning of this one, so I took a few days [coincidentally, so did my reading buddy! it was very unplanned, funny how that worked out]. I finally resolved to finish it today, and I did.

Book three is still my all time favorite....but I d
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Aug 08, 2012 Deena rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
I was lucky enough to actually pick up this series when the first three books were already published and fell in love with the fast paced adventures with Clary and Jace. Now I find as I’m reading the most recent books, it has lost its sparkle. That feeling of wanting to know what happens next because of the twists and turns wasn’t apparent in City of Lost Souls and I wonder why. It was incredibly boring in the beginning. A lot of useless scenes were filled with talk dialogue and intense making o ...more
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Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3) City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

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