Thursday, May 17, 2012
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
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, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?
Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.
And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?
I know I'm a little late into reviewing this series being that it is #5 in the series so this will be more about the whole series in general.
I love this series!!! The writing is great, the characters are real. Full of adventure and fun. I must say though, I do have issue with the obsessiveness between Jace and Clary. Its an issue I had with the "Twilight" books too. Just feels wrong to me to be so insanely into someone like that, you lose parts of yourself and the other person is your whole world. Annoys me. Jealous? Maybe. That being said, I do feel for Jace and Clary and their obsessive unrequited love. Can anything else happen to keep them from each other?
I also applaud Cassandra Clare for being such an amazing YA writer! Being way past the age of the YA reader, I find these and so many other YA novels so appealing. I have always been a reader but I do not remember these kind of books when I was teenager. Maybe I was too focused at the time on fantasy novels, Ann Rice, and others, that I never noticed or came across any. Whatever it is, I am proud to be reading these books even in the last year of my 30's!