The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace freed from captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing, so is the boy she hates: her brother Sebastian, who is determined to bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.
The Clave's magic cannot locate either boy, but Jace can't stay away from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith's magic has wrought - Jace and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other.
I love me some Cassandra Clare. Seriously. The hubby read the first trilogy of the The Mortal Instruments and was singularly unimpressed. He now refers to it as my smut. Which is funny because it has now become a little bit YA smut, Oh come on! Dirty Sexy Alley Scene people! Also, I joked on twitter about how I needed to use this line in my City of Lost Souls "Bitches be boinking". Anyhoots, one way or another I eat Cassie Clare goodness for breakfast and then I want it for lunch, dinner and desert too, because I cannot get enough, ever.
So when it came out in May, during the same two week period as Bitterblue, Insurgent, The Enchantress and many other MUST HAVE books, I made the astounding fiscal decision that I would not buy it immediately. I'm still not sure how I held out until a couple of weeks ago to buy it. It proved to be one of my most intense book buying hold outs ever. But a couple of weeks ago it went on 30% off at Chapters and I could hold out no longer. By about one chapter in I COULD NOT BELIEVE I had waited a couple of months to read this. It was fantastical, magical and full of the best kind of Cassie Clare goodness.
Where City of Fallen Angels suffered from just a smidgen too much Clary/Jace angst ( I have three previous books of that, I'm over it. Let's move on to someone else's angst), City of Lost Souls got all down and dirty, and evil to boot. I also liked how much more focus there was on all the relationships this time. Jordan and Maia, Simon and Isabelle, Magnus and Alec and not just Clary and Jace. But, speaking of Jace and Clary, I loved the sadistic threesome they had going on with Sebastian, talk about a new level of intrigue!
Between the intro of the Iron Sisters, the raising of both demons and angels, and Clary's ultimate betrayal of Jace, I found I just couldn't put City of Lost Souls down. And when I had to, you know, sleep or go back to work, or eat (all those annoying life things), I couldn't stop thinking about whatever just happened. Which is likely why, when I finished CoLS, I promptly picked up City of Bones and "casually" read two thirds of it before dragging myself away to read some of my towering piles of unread books. Oh Mortal Instruments, I promise to read all 6 of you cover to cover once all of it's out, though maybe I'll have to wait until the Infernal Devices is completed and make it a 9 part read-a-thon. Until then I'll have to curb the craving by reading the many extras and teasers.
Sigh, Cassie Clare, you kill me.
City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare
Published by Margaret K. McElderry, May 8th, 2012
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