Book Review: City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare

*book five. after this, I know I can read book six and not worry about holding back my feels*


Name: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published May 8, 2012)


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.

Book Cover Comments

Dear Alec, that is a great reference in the book that you are doing right there

Also you look quite spectacular and good looking *wink* *wink*

The Actual Review

Shitting heavenly hell

It was spectacular


Too many feels

I wanna begin by talking about how Jace has become a servant of the evil (as mentioned above). After reading this book and how Clary perceived the events as she began to spend time with Jace and Sebastian, I was surprised about how even I began to feel what Clary felt: I began to soften and let my guard down until that very last moment of truth. To be honest, I was quite terrified by that aspect: I kept searching behind the surface of Sebastian: if there was something to claw at; maybe the remains of humanity in him; maybe among the ocean of demon blood, the speck of angel blood could surface. This was what made the book so enjoyable, and what about Cassandra’s writing style that really caught me in the net of everything. Her writing was able to sway me so badly to the tune of how she probably wants her readers to be: think one, and learn the truth is another; but at the same time, you know the truth is something else, and yet you try to claw for hope.

Sebastian, or who I personally like to call Jonathan, is the next most compelling character after Valentine. Maybe its what they call “like father, like son”, but as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I kept trying to claw for what’s underneath what Jonathan is showing: the words and the appearance on the surface, what his actions say about him, and what he truly wants. Just like in the book, he is indeed a character of persuasion and deception, and that’s what made the book so, luring.

There is really so much I want to talk about Clary and Jace, but because I need this to be as spoiler-free as possible, I’ll try my best. I’ve probably described enough about Clary in large paragraph one above, but Jace. Oh Jace. The fact that he came back different, but not quite at the same time. The journey to find the real Jace beneath the façade masked by the evil, and whether if the real Jace will ever surface in the book, the anticipation for that moment of truth of what exactly happened between Jace and Sebastian/Jonathan? Too. Much. For. Me. To. Handle.


I must say, summoning Azazel and Raziel was so exciting that I just can’t contain my excitement, and must put a spoiler paragraph here because it’s so good. I love how we get to summon a demon even if we’re not supposed to: that lovely sense of danger and all the risk in order to retrieve Jace (oh the feels) (and how no one trusts the Clave LMAO). A little hint of Magnus’s past led to the development of his and Alec’s relationship, which made the book really sad at the same time. And I’ve mentioned this in my City of Glass review, but Raziel is still so f-ing epic and glorious and heavenly, I cannot. And not to mention that we get Simon’s Deus ex Machina that played such an important role, but even as cold as the angels are, Raziel’s compassion just hits me: the fact that he brought Simon Michael’s sword was GLORIOUS (pun intended). I think in the end, how far all of them went for Jace was just too much for me to handle. #Feels


Alec’s worries and fears about his relationship with Magnus was a really fun side plot to read. It was so juicy and sad. Whenever he would go find a certain someone for literal advice on his relationship, and at the same time, how true this certain someone’s words were was just worth it. Its all so heartbreaking until what happened at the end.


I must say, just like the previous book, I found the ending probably a bit Deus ex Machina (I’m sorry that I’m overusing this word. I just finished watching A Series of Unfortunate Events and they used this word a bit too much). But the ending (before the epilogue hit) was quite epic. I was literally internally crying at how glorious and magnificent that final moment was before the last line came along.


Did I mention that there was an epilogue?


Because Cassandra has dropped an even worse bomb.

At the end of this book is where you, me, or whoever read this book, at an even higher cliff, hanging from the edge, not knowing what will happen once we fall into the world of the next book.

Notably what was under Maryse’s rug and a certain Rogue Child.

*cough cough*

Nothing more than a book of glory, as the Fallen Angels look for their own Lost Souls among the darkening world.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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