Book Review: The City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Lost Souls

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments

Publisher: Walker Books

Release date: 8th May 2012


Book Summary

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? 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.


Laurens Review
City of Lost Souls is the 5th book in The Mortal Instrument series which instills high expectations from the caliber of the previous books, with the first book becoming a major motion picture.

When Jace goes missing, crazy becomes the new normal. Clary is frantically trying to find him and will do anything even team up with “heaven or hell” to get him back but be careful what you wish for because when you find it it might not be the same. Simon is relied upon by both Clary and Isabelle and as Simon and Isabelle’s relationship grows Alec starts to question his relationship with Magnus as he knows no more than his friends about the warlocks mysterious past.

“Trust me” and “leap of faith” is featured heavily in this book Maia and Jordan learn to trust in what they have, Isabelle will learn that not every guy is like her father, Clary will take a leap of faith with Jace and Sebastian, and Alec will take a leap of faith to try to uncover Magnus’ past so that he can be his future. But where there is lack of trust can love still prevail?

4 stars

Rating: 4 Stars

Content: some language, sexual content (no sex scene but it is implied), nudity, same-sex relationship, violence & magic.

Source: Personal Copy

Purchase: Amazon

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  1. Great review! I love this series so much!