THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BOOK 5
City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. City of . "City of Lost Souls: The Mortal Instruments, Book 5 (review)". Read saving City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) Yeah, this is easily my favorite book in The Mortal Instruments, so far. I think one of the biggest . City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series. There wasn't as much action in this book as we normally get making its pacing seem a little.
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Bloody bestselling fantasy series gets steamier. Read Common Sense Media's City of Lost Souls: The Mortal Instruments, Book 5 review, age rating, and parents . Written by Cassandra Clare, narrated by Grant Cartwright, Eloise Oxer. Download and keep this book for Free with a 30 day Trial. Fifth in Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments Book 5 · The Mortal Instruments 6: City of Heavenly Fire ebook by Cassandra Clare.
I just wish him and Izzy would get together they have such a strong connection. I was so glad Simon's sister didn't turn her back on him like his mother. I was so disappointed in Alec. I don't know what the hell was going through his mind in this book but he was way over the line. I don't blame Magnus at all for ending things with him.
Although that break up scene was so heartbreaking. I don't really know how I feel about Maia and Jordon. Jordon I think is great and Maia too but I don't really feel it with them together Idk.
Sebastian was gross, creepy and evil all in the same breath. Jocelyn truly gets on my nerves. She is the most unsupportive mom ever. I get so mad that she doesn't like Jace she doesn't even give him a chance. No wonder Clary runs off and does shit herself her mom is an over the top bitch that lies, treats her like she is 2 and doesn't like the love of Clary's life.
Poor Luke, losing his sister getting stabbed and almost dying. I'm really liking Brother Zachariah, but I wonder why he seems to want to help Jace so much. Is there some connection there? Was it just me or was everyone else happy to see Magnus's ex Camille bit it too!
I'm on to the last one and I can't wait to see how things end! View all 58 comments. Dec 21, Saniya marked it as to-read Shelves: I can't, I just can't breathe right now. Lalala, nothing interesting. I just love the man in the pic Ok.
Maybe, just maybe I was expecting Magnus or Alec They look so awesome! Need to OWN! View all 41 comments. If I could have won the lottery for every time I wanted to smack people in this book, I would have an infinite amount of money right now. But, I digress. Welcome to the world of magic and twats. Just kidding: I don't care what anyone thinks but I don't think that Simon and Isabelle should be a couple. I know it has the whole, let's everyone in the group be with someone vibe going, but I just don't see them as a couple.
Ca If I could have won the lottery for every time I wanted to smack people in this book, I would have an infinite amount of money right now. Can't anyone just be single?
Magnus Bane is the coolest one of all and that's just a fact. And can people and things just quit coming after Jace! I mean for shite's sake, we just got out of one mess with him and into another one.
He's not himself in this book for reasons. Clary's good ole brother Sebastian is back and buddies with Jace. It's so not a good thing. Clary gets sucked into their world and all kinds of crazy stuff is going down with them. I really love Jordan and Maia, that's all I have to say about them. They are both good people and werewolves.
There are several bad to the bone moments that I loved! From angels to demons and a crazy vampire kid on a rampage. Although one thing she did, classic! Loved it!
Alec made me mad at what he wanted to do to Magnus. I thought, "dude are you for real? I dread things that might be coming! Melissa Martin's Reading List View all 4 comments. Sogar an Handlung hat es m. View all 8 comments. Special favors and special torments. I think this may have been my favorite book in the series so far, and I could barely stand to put it down. Simon has come into his own so well as the Daylighter—as this protective, self-sacrificing, noble little hero—and Izzy is so tough, such a rock for her loved ones.
That's my boyfriend. Some of the incidents between these two—especially involving Alec—broke my heart over and over. Where do I even begin? My heart hurts for them.
Before I started this series, if you had told me they would become one of my all-time favorite OTPs, I would have laughed in disbelief, but here we are. I love the romances that Cassandra Clare builds, and the agonizingly slow, angsty progression between Clary and Jace has to be my favorite. She turned and looked at him. I just always have. It describes her perfectly when the other Shadowhunters say that Clary essentially charges into any given situation, regardless of risk, and finds a way to fight through it.
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Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job once again! I don't want to give anything away by describing the things that have happened here, but the series already becomes more and more interesting.
This sequel is actually a much better response compared to the City of Fallen Angels because all the events here were pretty much powerful and more remarkable. I love how it started off as a bang Cassandra Clare did a wonderful job once again! I love how it started off as a bang! Although all throughout the book I must admit that I was really getting frustrated especially because of how badly things were turning for Jace.
I mean, c'mon, why does Cassandra Clare keep torturing Jace and making him suffer all the time? It's fricking unfair!
My boy always saves the day! He played a great part here and I think this is the book where he really shines best! When it comes to Clary , her character improved here although I prefer her character development in City of Glass but still, I like how bold she was here and how she resorted to critical-thinking.
Alec and Magnus' relationship here was tested big time and I don't know what to feel about what happened to them here. As for Isabelle , once again this chick astounded me. As usual, she's a fierce, in-your-face character and that's what I loved about her! Maia and Jordan's relationship was also highlighted here. I love the sweet reunion!
And of course, Sebastian. Blimey, I am not usually a fan of villains but it's so ironic how I fangirled over a bad guy all throughout the book! The action scenes were great and although it happened at the final chapters, they still didn't fail to bring out the adrenaline rush. The ending, on the other hand, was a blast and was well-executed. It had a surprise factor that will leave you wanting for more. All in all, it was a great come back. Cassandra Clare writes beautifully, but then I have always thought so!
This book is really a world I could get lost in! View all 35 comments. Jun 06, Bgurl don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Snark. A lot, actually! As the posting at The Praetor House dormitories proves.
No howling. No silver. Clothes must be worn at all times. No fighting. No biting. Mark all your food before you put it in the communal refrigerator. According to Sebastian: What difference does a week make? That would be insane.
Let's see That means nothing can kill me, right? Inanimate objects can accidentally kill you. Is Snark A Deadly Sin? Greed, envy, gluttony, irony, pedantry, lust, and spanking.
City of Lost Souls is so chock-full-o-snark, this list could have been a hell of a lot longer. For information about my rating system, see my profile page. Click Me Baby! Coming Soon View all 39 comments. Feb 23, James Trevino rated it liked it.
Much, much better than City of Fallen Angels. But again, it takes a while until things get going. The final chapters are great, but the middle part of the book It read like filler and it felt like filler.
The book could also do without Clary dramatizing about every single detail in her life in every frea Much, much better than City of Fallen Angels. The book could also do without Clary dramatizing about every single detail in her life in every freaking scene. It's one of those cases when, in a book, side characters actually have a more interesting story than the main ones Simon, Alec.
That being said, City of Fallen Angels reminded me of City of Glass and that is good considering CoG is still far and away the best in the series , even though it could have been cut in half and not lose anything of importance. Jun 21, Whitney rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't think I can even write a review for this just yet.
Oh my God. PAGE Lord, help me get through this 2-year wait for Heavenly Fire. View all 15 comments. Sep 09, Gemma rated it liked it. 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!
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. Because I hope things are going to pick up and make the expansion of the series worth it, even if I don't really believe it's going to happen. After reading the first hundred pages or so, my hopes rose a little bit; stuff was happening.
There was an apparent plot and people were moving along with it; it was a definite improvement over the standing and talking and whining that made of the first three-fourths of City of Fallen Angels. I started thinking that maybe Clare hasn't lost her touch after all. But the further I read, the more I realized that she has, at least with this series. City of Lost Souls felt like the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie; yes, there's a story, and no, it's not bad, but it just isn't as fun as it once was.
In this one, the energy and adventure has been drained away. Like Clockwork Prince, this book is significantly less funny than its predecessors. Unlike Clockwork Prince, it doesn't work to Lost Soul's advantage. The lack of humor seemed to be for lack of trying, like Clare didn't have the energy to make this book funny.
The few lines intended to be humorous feel tired and haphazard with the exception of one expertly-timed Star Wars reference. Instead, Clare tries to substitute humor for angst. Lost Souls is absolutely angst-ridden. Clary's angry and manic, Alec's mopey and meditative, Isabelle is also mopey, as well as confused Because I do actually care about these characters and their problems, more or less, the melodrama works to a certain extent.
The Isabelle-Simon situation was particularly interesting and rather sweet. But overall, the excessive moodiness of the characters only weighed the book down and made it seem more heavy and depressing and boring than it should have been.
City of Lost Souls - Mortal Instruments Book 5 (Unabridged)
It also made once-likable characters seem more annoying than they should have been. Clary, in particular has really began to grate on me.
I mean, sure she's determined to save the man she loves, but she's gone from impulsive to idiotic, making completely irrational decisions and being totally unreasonable when anyone around her questions them. The determination she had in the previous books has been blown up to a new and disagreeable extreme that makes me dislike her a little bit more with each passing page.
Another character who deteriorates before our eyes is Magnus Bane. It pains me to say it, but it's true. In Lost Souls, he's neither fun nor funny. All his glitter and panache seems to have melted into prissiness and irritability; he's more annoying than anything. And that's a tragedy, because he used to be almost as awesome as Jace Wayland himself. Jace Wayland, not Lightwood.
I think Jace got boring after his name changed. Remember the impossibly arrogant, beautiful, hilarious, butt-kicking Jace of the first three books? I haven't really seen him since the end of City of Glass. I know he's been kind of possessed since then, but that really doesn't change the fact that I, as a reader, miss his old character. Even when he's himself, his love for Clary seems to have sapped away his old wit and humor, and that ridiculously big ego is gone.
I have to mention that the Jace-Clary love thing has also grown rather stale. The more I read about it, the less I believe it. Clary says she'd die for Jace, she'd do anything for him, but I feel like she's more in love with the idea than the person. She's an average girl who suddenly has a hot, funny, smart, strong, awesome guy saying he's in love with her.
What girl is going to say no to that?
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But when it comes down to it, I don't feel that it's the deep love it needs to be, more of a love of the concept of her having a guy like him as her boyfriend.
I dunno. That's just what it felt like to me. I was fine with their relationship when it was on the side, but now that it's in the limelight, it seems a bit more transparent. Also growing increasingly transparent is the plot. Yes, it's existent, but the more I thought about it as I was reading it, the more it became rather ridiculous.
Clary's running around trying to save Jace; Jace and Sebastian are plotting something bad; everyone else goes through relationship drama. And it's something, and it's substantial but it's And not fun. And pointless. Clare keeps attempting to incorporate the apocalypse and throw the entire balance of the world and mankind into danger, but it really doesn't work.
I mean, Magnus makes vague references to visions about the world flowing with blood, but other than that I don't know. At the end of it all, the plot seemed meager, like an crime-show mystery, set up, worried over and then solved because that's just how these things go. The conflict seemed too contrived, and the resolution seemed too easy.
I'm sorry; I know I'm beating a dead horse, but the lack of a need for a second trilogy grows more painfully obvious with each chapter. After reading Lost Souls with little memory of CoFA, I realized how unnecessary the last installment was; all I need to know from that book is that Sebastian and Jace have now become bound. And that's it. But it's not just that. There's a point in this book, towards the end, where I'm figuring out a way to wrap this entire series up within the next forty pages.
And it's there; Cassandra Clare could easily do it, but she won't, she'll drag it out for a whole other book only to have it end the way it did in City of Glass, more or less, and if that's the case, then why bother with Lost Souls?
But then when you think about it, why bother with the second trilogy? Why not just have it end at the beautiful place where it did? Actually I do; writing is like prostitution and she sold out to make more money. It's not as though the Mortal Instrument books are the only things she can write.
She has talent as an author; her sentences have a generally nice flow to them and she can easily develop likable characters and decent or better plots. I feel that she has more to offer than half-baked revivals of a finished series. Oh, well. It's her decision, and if she wants to keep writing MI books, then so be it. And because I am tied to this series, I will keep reading, if only to watch that which I once loved turn slowly to ashes. Less than a week to go and I am currently out of money and time for a trek to Costco, as well as the typical series recap where I go back and reread all the books for I probably won't be reading City of Lost Souls before June.
I actually have a secret plan to avoid this book for as long as possible, preferably until next April, so when I finish it, I'll only have a couple months of waiting for City of Heavenly Fire. Plus I can continue to hope and believe that this is an excellent installment and that City of Fallen Angels was just a glitch, and that Cassandra Clare is still full of ideas and plots and creativity.
Do I really believe this? Not because I don't enjoy these books, but because I question the motives behind writing a second trilogy; in my opinion, it was over with City of Glass, and everything beyond that was published so she could make more money. You'd have to wonder why. I'll carry on with this series until the end, bitter though it very well may be.
Please don't let it be. Is Cassandra Clare so blatantly switching from writing fantasy to writing crappy romance? Because that's what the cover would suggest. This looks like one of those poorly written paperbacks they sell on a revolving wire stand for five bucks at Fred Meyers. I mean, seriously. I can't believe this isn't just a teaser. Or fan-made. Because some of those were better than this one It's ridiculously cheesy, and quite frankly I'm kinda irritated with Clary right now and I don't feel that she deserves another cover.
She's already had two; let's give some of the supporting characters a chance. I'm all for a Lightwood on the cover. Or Magnus. Anything but two annoying lovebirds staring sappily into each other's eyes while locked in a passionate embrace If I want to look at that, I can just walk down the English hall of our high school.
Good grief. I'm going to be embarrassed at the checkout stand while I'm downloading this. This series was intended as a trilogy. I don't want this to turn into Pirates of the Caribbean, where the sequels are made just to make money, and then the creators get bored and start messing around and ruining things for everyone. It's going to be like Mockingjay; all the major characters Clary, Jace, Simon will live, but all the cool side ones are going to die.
Apr 16, Bangadybangz rated it really liked it. Wow I finished this a while ago! Guess I forgot to share my thoughts It was good? View all 3 comments. Mar 17, P rated it liked it Shelves: CoLS is one of the few books I know what will happen next.
Jace was turned into a bad guy by Sebastian, and he convinces Clary to join him and her evil brother. I found out that this kind of story used to happen before, it's not a new thing to set our MCs apart with this bullshit to prove their true love. However, I still love CC's writing, it's intriguing and beautiful as always. And for TID fans, this one absolutely connects to those three books. Although this book struggles less than CoFA, it didn't seem to hold my interest the whole time.
Even it's thoroughly written, the plot and everything are likely out of control since CoG in my opinion. May 28, Angelyn rated it really liked it. 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 If you haven't read the letter, here it is: I entrust it to Amatis, but I cannot see what the future holds. All I know is that this is my chance to give you an accounting of a man you may well hate. There are three things you must know about me. The first is that I have been a coward.
City of Lost Souls Summary & Study Guide
Throughout my life I have made the wrong decisions, because they were easy, because they were self-serving, because I was afraid. I turned from my family and to the Circle because I fancied myself better than Downworlders and the Clave and my suffocating parents.
My anger against them was a tool Valentine bent to his will as he bent and changed so many of us. When he drove Lucian away I did not question it but gladly took his place for my own.
When he demanded I leave Amatis, the woman I love, and marry Celine, a girl I did not know, I did as he asked, to my everlasting shame.
I cannot imagine what you might be thinking now, knowing that the girl I speak of was your mother. The second thing you must know is this. Do not blame Celine for any of this, whatever you do. It was not her fault, but mine.
Your mother was an innocent from a family that brutalized her. She wanted only kindess, to feel safe and loved. And though my heart had been given already, I loved her, in my fashion, just as in my heart, I was faithful to Amatis. Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae. I wonder if you love Latin as I do, and poetry. I wonder who has taught you.
The third and hardest thing you must know is that I was prepared to hate you.
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The son of myslef and the child-bride I barely knew, you seemed to be the culmination of all the wrong decisions I had made, all the small compromises that led to my dissolution. Yet as you grew inside my mind, as you grew in the world, a blameless innocent, I began to realize that I did not hate you. It is the nature of parents to see their own image in their children, and it was myself I hated, not you. For there is only one thing I want from you, my son — one thing from you, and of you.
I want you to be a better man than I was. Let no one else tell you who you are or should be. Love where you wish to. Believe as you wish to. Take freedom as your right. I ask only that you be happy. I managed to stop complaining about this book long enough to finally finish it.
Although I do believe that City of Lost Souls was better than its predecessor, it wasn't that much better. Three instruments for each of the three books for the first half of the series. Ci I managed to stop complaining about this book long enough to finally finish it. City of Bones was about the Mortal Cup. City of Ashes was about the Mortal Sword, and so forth. This series should've ended after City of Glass because the longer these books went on, the more I began to despise this series and its characters.
And that's saying a lot considering how I loved the first half of The Mortal Instruments and even dubbed this series as one of my favorite series of all time. But now, I could barely stand the characters, specifically Clary and Jace. Maybe even just Clary. And since she's the central character of this whole series, you can see how this was problematic. My hatred for Clary reached its highest point in this book.
I thought I couldn't hate her more than I already did, but she proved me wrong. She's, hands down, the most selfish character I've ever had to read about. And it just pissed me off that everybody in this book was defending her actions and claiming it as her "fighting for what she loves". It's her putting her own reckless life in danger and everyone else following after her, risking their own lives, just to save her dumb ass.
People are dying and people will continue to die on her behalf because everything she does is in the name of "love". I have no good words to say about Clary or her relationship with Jace because in my opinion, Clace, or just Clary in general, was the downfall of this series. If you really want to know how much my perception of these characters did a complete , you should know that I absolutely loved Clary and Jace in the beginning.
I shipped them percent. But my love for them dwindled with each book I read. City of Glass left me barely tolerating both Clary and Jace. After City of Fallen Angels, I lost all interest and respect for these two characters. Another thing that annoyed me about this book was Maia and Jordan. I loved her whole backstory and how she was able to persevere.
Then came City of Fallen Angels and Cassandra Clare just turned her into a typical, hormonal teenager in which every scene and dialogue just revolved around her relationship with Jordan.
Jordan was a pleasant addition to the squad but ever since we learn about Maia and Jordan history, he pretty much only exists now for the sake of giving Maia a love interest. They had nothing to contribute besides making out and sex. Here's an example of how literally all their POVs consisted of: Did Luke say yes to letting them use his farm?
Wait, haven't you noticed that every time we see each other we're only making out or having sex? Maybe we should talk. Well what do you want to talk about? Just turn to page and read it for yourselves. She dragged all their asses and told everyone straight up what everyone needed to hear. Bravo, Isabelle.
She's twice the person Clary is or ever will be. And Simon and Isabelle? Let's just say that Clace doesn't even have an ounce of their chemistry. Even Sebastian and Clary have more chemistry than Clace will ever have and this relationship can't even happen!
I'm only finishing this series because: I don't want to miss out on any details, no matter how big or small, when it comes to the new characters. View all 18 comments. I'm so glad that Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and Simon are finally stronger characters! I would totally give this book more stars if they were the only characters. Everything just seems like a plot device to keep them apart for the sake of angst and I really don't care!
Like first they're siblings, then he thought he'd hurt her, now he's not himself, then he's burning I'm so glad that Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and Simon are finally stronger characters! Their whole adventure in this book with Sebastian was pretty boring and I wish I would've skimmed parts. So I'll just say this was good, but the third book is probably my favorite overall since I can still remember it.
The Mortal Instruments. Margaret K. City of Fallen Angels. Jace is set alight, leading the others to believe that he is dead. Sebastian flees the battle, most of his dark Shadowhunters dead. Jace is discovered to be alive and he's taken back to the Institute for healing.
When she's finally allowed to visit Jace, she learns that stabbing him with Glorious has filled him with "Heavenly fire", which will burn anything he touches whenever he gets an adrenaline rush.
Maryse receives a mishappen bag when she is with some of the silent brothers in her office which contained a pair of angel wings which were quite possibly ripped off a living angel along with a note saying "I am coming". Magnus ends up breaking up with Alec due to Camille's offer to strip Magnus of his immortality, as Alec had truly considered accepting the offer despite him ultimately refusing. Upset, Alec sets out to kill Camille but discovers Maureen, who tells him that she has killed Camille in order to gain leadership over her vampire clan by vampire law.
Reception[ edit ] Critical reception has been mixed.Maryse receives a mishappen bag when she is with some of the silent brothers in her office which contained a pair of angel wings which were quite possibly ripped off a living angel along with a note saying "I am coming". She's so fucking incompetent and I can't believe that Shadowhunter civilization ceaselessly places its hopes on the shoulders of such a nincompoop.
And the thing with the faerie rings? Luke gets fatally injured; Isabelle realizes she needs Simon; Maia and Jordan travel to his leader to get help for Luke and Jocelyn and Isabelle visit the Iron Sisters to also help Luke.
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. Clockwork Prince The Infernal Devices. Brothers and Sisters.